An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.
A compilation of amateur footage filmed in and around Sunderland by amateur filmmaker Bob Wrightson. Beginning in 1972 the film opens with views of the Winter Garden followed by the aftermath of a fire at Shares Furniture store on Bridge Street. There are various views around the centre of Sunderland showing the Bridges Shopping Precinct and central streets. The second part of the film shows a procession of decorated floats along Holmside and through the city centre. Footage in 1949 shows similar views of central Sunderland. The final part of the film features activities along the River Wear including shipbuilding at William Doxford and Sons and the massive crane at the Southwick Engine Works.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the yacht Marco Polo built at Clelands Shipbuilding Company at Wallsend. The yacht was launched on the 29th May 1961 and completed August 1961.
An amateur film made by Ken Christie showing the sea trails of the cargo ship Manchester Progress built at the South Bank yard of Smiths Dock Company near Middlesbrough for the Manchester Liners Ltd. The ship was launched on the 16 September 1966 and completed February 1967. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships' sea trials.
A promotional film made for Palmers Hebburn Co. Ltd highlighting the various products and services offered by the company. The first part of the film shows their constructional engineering works at Hebburn and steel frames under construction for a building. The second part of the film documents the ship repair and construction yards at Jarrow including the construction of a new cargo ship, the ‘Afghanistan’.
An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club about the River Tees, tracing the course of the river from Cauldron Snout falls in County Durham, downstream at High Force waterfall in Teesdale, and on to Middlesbrough and the launch from Smith's Dock of the semi-submersible oilrig Ocean Prince on the 25th July 1965. The film features views of the Tees Newport Bridge and Transporter Bridge.
A short amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club showing Tees Towing Company tug boats escorting a cargo ship upstream along the river Tees to Middlesbrough Dock.
An amateur film produced by members of the Cleveland Cine Club looking at the history and operation of Middlesbrough Dock shortly before it is closed in 1980. The final part of the film shot short after the closure of the dock shows the dismantling of the dockside cranes which are seen being taken down the River Tees by tug boat.
An amateur film made by Eddie Nelson of the Cleveland Cine Club of the parade of sailing ships leaving the river Tyne as part of the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race.
Amateur film by Stephen Gray that documents the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Races along the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields, and the firework display the night before the start of the race.
This amateur film by Stephen Gray records life on the River Tyne from the South Shields riverside, including pilot boats helping ships navigate downriver, fishermen, sailing boat activities, and locals enjoying some stormy weather along the Shields pier.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of the shipwreck of the MV Yewglen, which ran aground off Beadnell Point in Northumberland on the 27th February 1960. Filmed between February and October of that year, the films shows the ship after the initial disaster, with people looking over the wreck plus high winds and waves crashing over the vessel causing the bow section to come away. The final part of the film in October shows the now rusting vessel plus debris now strewn along the shoreline.
A collection of home movies made by Austen McOlvin Laws between 1951 and 1957 showing family and friends on holiday at Beadnell in Northumberland. As well as showing them playing in the sand and paddling and swimming in the sea, they are also filmed in the garden of their house. The film also features the family in their small sailing dinghy sailing the waters near the beach and harbour. The film ends with a family trip to the Farne Islands.
Film insert of a Royal Navy ceremony for a sea burial on board HMS Abdiel in Hartlepool Harbour. Filmed for the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme, this item broadcast on 16 January 1968. The ship was commissioned on 17 October 1967, designated by the Ministry of Defence as an ‘exercise minelayer’.
Tyne Tees Television interview with Chief Executive Sir John Hunter of Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders and film inserts on a shipyard strike at Swan Hunters, Newcastle upon Tyne, including aerial footage of shipyards and of a strike meeting. This news footage was included in a Look of the Month compilation, originally broadcast on 28 October 1968.
Mute Tyne Tees Television footage showing a visit to Tyneside by John Durival Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale. The film shows him being escorted around a shipyard, possibly John Readhead and Sons at South Shields. This report was transmitted 1 May 1968.
Mute Tyne Tees Television news footage transmitted on the 19th November 1968 showing various industrial views along the River Tees passing the Newport Bridge and heading towards the Transporter Bridge.
This amateur footage by Stephen Gray, an Environmental Health Department officer with Gateshead Council, records the return of HMS Illustrious to the Tyne following service in the Falklands War and a Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix (power boat racing) in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This is an amateur 'trainspotting' film made between 1978 and 1979 by Stephen Gray that records various British Rail diesel locomotives arriving and leaving Newcastle Central Station and York Station, plus footage of Gateshead Motive Power Depot in the snow and Boldon Colliery Station.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
Filmed report for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news programme, broadcast on 1 November 1976. Reporter Tony Cook spends time with three lighthouse keepers working at the Longstone Lighthouse on Longshore Rock off the Northumberland coast, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. One of the keepers, David Hindmarch, claims to have experienced a haunting at the lighthouse, said to be the ghost of Grace Darling.
This film is a meditative look at activity on the river Tees, split into three sections. The first and longest section looks at the work of the famous Transporter Bridge which links Middlesbrough on the south bank of the Tees with Port Clarence on the north bank. The next section follows the work of Foyboatmen, who assist with the mooring of large vessels coming into port. The final section looks at the area of Greatham Creek on the north side of the Tees with its fishermen and associated houseboats.
Promotional film for British Shipbuilders about the delivery of bulk carriers Hupeh, built at the Deptford Yard, and the Sunderland Venture, the last SD-14 built at the Austin & Pickersgill Southwick yard, Sunderland. The ships are delivered to clients in Hong Kong, the Wahkwong Line and Taikoo Navigation Company, at a time of economic gloom for British industry.
Record of the recently launched Northern Star ocean liner manoeuvred by tugs into Palmers dry dock at Hebburn on the Tyne for the fitting-out process of the ship. [Some footage in this film also appears in NEFA 19259 Northern Star.]
Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news insert showing HMS Kedleston, probably as part of the Fishing Protection Squadron, escorting herring fishing ships back up the Tyne after the arrest of one ship. This news item was first broadcast on 5 February 1975.