An amateur film by Ronald Torbet that shows cargo ships arriving on the River Wear manoevered by tugboats. One of the tugboat’s featured is the paddle steamer Eppleton Hall. The film also features the passenger ship Empress of England leaving the docks at Vickers-Armstrong on the River Tyne where she was built and completed on the 19th March 1957.
An amateur film by Betty Cook from the Cleveland Cine Club of the Cleveland Youth Association first Riverside Carnival taking place on and around the river Tees at Stockton-on-Tees on the 1st July 1978.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland showing various events taking place around Hartlepool as part of the corporation carnival. Events featured include water skiing, street parades and a fair. The second part of the film features the family visiting the countryside, a running event and footage of the art deco bus station at Seaton Carew.
A short amateur film documenting a man’s departure by ship from the Newcastle Quayside aboard the ferry Parkeston, busy seaside scenes at Tynemouth, and a brief look around the village of Bamburgh in Northumberland. The film features a pre-dominantly musical soundtrack, and a few sound effects of the sea.
A visual record of ships, yachts, and cruise liners leaving the River Tyne, filmed both from the riverbank and aboard a number of ships. The film also includes views of the coastline around Marsden Rock.
A comprehensive look at Whitby's herring fishing and curing industry made by Edward Roberts in the early 1950s.
An account of the wreck of the Greek ship Adelfotis II, on Hearn Sands, South Shields in 1963. The film, shot by Tyne pilot Captain G.W. Purvis, is a poetic document of the harsh winter, the busy River Tyne, the storm which saw the wrecking of the Adelfotis II - as well as its dismantling, and the arrival of spring.
An amateur record of the visits of various historic and military ships to Tyneside between 1984 and 1986. The film was made by River Tyne pilot boat captain, Capt. G.W. Purvis.
A home movie by Captain G W Purvis documenting family Christmas celebrations, wintery and springtime weather, and a portion of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee visit to Newcastle: her arrival on the HMY Britannia, and her motorcade passing through a city street.
Comprehensive amateur city documentary on Newcastle upon Tyne, filmed in the 1950s. The film records Newcastle's historical architecture and monuments; annual ceremonies such as Remembrance Day and a church parade; health services; shopping and the Sunday morning market on the Quayside; factories; colliery; transport and Central Railway Station; industry and docks on the River Tyne; sporting events such as Newcastle United at St James' Park, Gosforth races, the Newcastle Race Week Festival, known as the Hoppings on the Town Moor; and Newcastle nightlife featuring rock and roll dancers at the Walkerdene youth centre.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
Home movie compilation by Frank and Edgar Dean Wilson of a holiday in Switzerland and a poolside fashion parade.
An amateur film by Ronald Torbet showing various activities taking place in and around the North Dock, Sunderland. The film shows cargo ships arriving on the River Wear both to be repaired and to unload cargo. The film also features sailing dinghies from the Sunderland Yacht Club, based at the North Dock (now Sunderland Marina), Sunderland Harbour, and the Wear steam ferry WF Vint crossing the Wear.
An impressionistic record from dawn till dusk of the sights and sounds of working life on the River Tees, made by three students at Teesside College of Art, Brian Bryne, David Eadington and Roger Schindler. This film looks at the range of activity on the River Tees, including the work of the Tees Harbour Port Authority, dredging activities and oil platform manufacture.
An amateur film made by members of Guisborough Grammar School of a two week cruise during July and August 1937 aboard the B.I. Troopship “Nevasa” to Norway and Denmark.
A film made by Donald Raymond Clark of the Middlesbrough College of Education Cine Club begins with a trip across the Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough with views around the docks which evolves into a mini drama. The filmmakers then explore some of the many old streets in the town centre and finally look at some aspects of public transport in the town.
The first of two amateur films made by Guy Nettleship of his first voyage to sea as apprentice engineer aboard the factory whaling ship SS Southern Venturer. The film begins with the arrival of the Southern Venturer at South Shields for repairs and resupply. The film then shows both professional and leisure activities taking place onboard ship as it travels south towards the whaling grounds in the South Atlantic via the Norwegian coast, the Bay of Biscay and the tropics. Once at the whaling grounds the film features a number of whales being flensed [removal of the blubber] onboard the Southern Venturer as well as views of several catcher ships bringing in their kills.
The second of two film made by Guy Nettleship of his first voyage as apprentice engineer aboard the factory whaling ship SS Southern Venturer in the South Atlantic. The film features graphic sequences of whale flensing aboard the Southern Venturer as well as the killing of a Sperm Whale while on board the catcher boat the SS Southern Brew. The final part of the film shows the arrival of the Southern Brew at the whaling station of Leith Harbour [also known as Port Leith] in South Georgia.
A record of the working life and industrial landscape of ICI's Billingham Wharf, and the official opening on October 15th 1935 of the Coal Hydrogenation Petrol Plant of ICI Billingham, by former National Labour Party Prime Minister, M.P. James Ramsay MacDonald.
Billingham Film Unit production for the ICI Heavy Organic Chemicals Division documenting trials for a Dracone (D4) barge (a long, nylon and synthetic rubber flexible floating tube), which is towed from the Tees at Middlesbrough to Holland and back. The Dracone was invented by Newcastle-born, renowned engineer and Head of Cambridge University Engineering Department, Professor William Rede Hawthorne in 1955. The Fiery Cross tug boat, owned by the Tees Towing Company in Middlesbrough, is used in the trial for ICI. Footage includes shots along the River Tees and a view of the Transporter Bridge at dawn. Music and commentary accompanies this short documentary feature.
ICI Billingham Film Unit record of the ship Maturata (launched in Glasgow, 1955) at Middlesbrough dock on a misty early morning in the 1950s, dock workers unloading ICI sacks of ammonium sulphate fertilizer bound for Oxfam from rail freight trucks.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
This (unfinished) film is believed to be by a former student of Bede College, Durham, on the course run by David Williams, a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television. Local school children learn about the shipbuilding industry. Work in the engineering and carpentry workshops and at the Sunderland shipyards are intercut with classroom scenes and ship model testing (of the S.S. Oriana) in a glass test tank, possibly at the South Shields Marine College.
A film made by I. Dalton and P. Jackson, students of Bede College in Durham, showing the construction and launching of the cargo ship Nicholas I. Livanos from the Pallion Yard (No. 882) of Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding on the River Wear, Sunderland, on 16 November 1967.