This amateur home movie compilation in the McQueen family collection contains footage from the 1950s of domestic scenes, a friend’s wedding and several family holidays both abroad and in the UK, which include Arran in Scotland and the Lake District.
A Tyne Tees Television programme looking at herring fishing industry off the North Sea coast. The film features two vessels; the Royal Navy ton-class minesweeper HMS Soberton and the drifter fishing boat the Welcome Boy. The film follows both ships as they head out into the North Sea from North Shields to fish with drift nets or to patrol as part of the Fishing Protection Fleet. Both return to port and the daily catch is auctioned at North Shields fish market. The final part of the film shows men and women cleaning, preparing and smoking herring which is then loaded onto lorries and driven away.
Amateur film showing the visit by Lord Louis Mountbatten to Tyneside on Tuesday 24 October 1978 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launching of the HMS Kelly, a vessel he commanded. Mountbatten visits South Shields Town Hall, British Shipbuilders yard and the Sea Cadets Training Unit at Hebburn, and Tyne Dock.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in around 1968 as part of an exercise carried out with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) off the North East coast with the Blyth and Newbiggin lifeboats.
This film documents a test launch of the Cullercoats Lifeboat 'Isaac and Mary Bolton' which was in service between 1951 and 1963.
An industrial film produced by Clarke Chapman and Company to show the working of their equipment on-board the trawler Lammermuir fishing in the Arctic for cod.
An amateur film made by Eddie Nelson of the Cleveland Cine Club of the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race along the River Tyne showing ships moored on both the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides. The film shows crowds wandering along the river and includes shots of an artist painting the scenes. The film also features the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and her visit of one of the ships. Betty Cook was the President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society.
A detailed promotional film of the construction, launch and fitting-out of the Shaw Savill cruise liner, the Northern Star, at the Vickers-Armstrongs Shipyards, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Footage includes the start of manufacture (the laying of flat keel plates) on April 28th 1960, the naming ceremony and launch performed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on June 27 1961, and extensive shots of the interior decoration of the ship.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that promotes the modernised shipbuilding operations of Austin & Pickersgill at their Southwick and Wear Dock Yard in Sunderland, where large assembly shops and prefabrication processes were introduced in 1960. Footage includes the launch ceremony of the Scottish Trader. The film features music and a commentary that stresses good labour relations at the yard. The yard was demolished in 1990.
Sponsored film that documents the 1961 launch of the cargo ship Vasilios R, built by Austin & Pickersgill at their Southwick shipyard. Footage features many crowd and VIP guest shots.
Turners Film Productions footage recording the construction of the Northern Star. An edited section of this footage was used in the Turners film, "Northern Star".
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
Record of the construction and launch of the Mocamedes from Bartram and Sons shipyards at South Dock, Sunderland. The ship was launched on the 26 September 1946 and completed in March 1947. The film includes a portrait of shipyard workers with more than fifty years experience of building ships at Bartrams.
A Turners Film production of the launch of the Esso Northumbria from Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle on the 2nd of May, 1969. The Esso Northumbria, a 250,000 tonne oil tanker (or supertanker), was the largest vessel, at that time, to have ever been built in Britain. The ship was scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1982.
A dramatised account of the re-opening during World War Two of the Tyneside shipyards closed down during the Depression. This film was a propaganda film made for the Ministry of Information in 1944, with a cast drawn from the progressive People’s Theatre in Newcastle, and a script written by Jack Common. Includes excellent footage of women conscripted into shipbuilding and heavy engineering jobs during the war, training as welders, fitters, electricians, riggers and drillers.
A record of the launch of the ship, T.S.S. Busiris, in Sunderland in 1960. The ship was scrapped in 1976 at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
A record of the 1962 ship launch of the M.V. British Cavalier, built by Joseph F. Thompson and Sons shipyard on the River Wear in Sunderland.
A Dorian News Film recording the launching of the Ilesha Palm. The Ilesha Palm was a cargo ship built for the Palm Line shipping company in 1961 by Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson on the River Tyne in Newcastle, destined for trading with West Africa. The ship was launched by Flora Azikiwe, wife of Nigerian president Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
A film giving a complete record of the construction of the cargo ship M.V General Guisan which began construction at William Gray & Company Ltd yards at West Hartlepool on the 5th September 1946 and was launched into Central Dock on the 19th June 1947. The film also shows the manufacture of its marine engine by Sulzer Bros. Ltd and its subsequent installation by the Central Marine Engine Works at West Hartlepool. The final part of the film shows the ship during its sea trials on the 17th February 1948 and ends with views of the handing over ceremony.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters recording the launch of the tanker Joseph R. Smallwood from the Swan Hunter shipyard in Hebburn on the 11th July 1972. The ship sailed under a variety of names including “Afghanistan”, “Newburn”, “Aquarius”, “Ascot”, “Polare”, and “Monte Chiaro”, before being broken up in 2000.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Limited of the launch of the cargo ship M.S. Zira from their South Shields yard on the 1st February 1972. The film shows the arrival of guests including Sir John Hunter and the sponsor Mrs. A. Mackinnon. From the launching platform guests watch as Mrs Mackinnon smashes a bottle of Champagne on the bow of the Zira which then slips into the River Tyne. The film ends with guests leaving the yard.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters Shipbuilders Ltd that records the launch of the M. S. Frank D Moores, built by Swan Hunter for the Nile Steamship Company Ltd. The ship is launched at the companies Hebburn yard by Miss Deborah Joan Moores and Miss Michele Jan Moores on 6 February 1973.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Limited of the launch of the containership S.S. Remuera from the naval yard at High Walker on the 12th June 1972. The film begins with views of the Remuera on the slipway and large crowds who have come to watch the launch. Guests arrive including Sir John Hunter and the official sponsor Mrs A.J. Bott. On the launching platform Mrs Bott releases a bottle of Champagne which smashes into the bow before it is seen moving down the slipway into the River Tyne. Following the launch, the film shows guests coming off the launch platform and leaving by coach.
Sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for Swan Hunters Shipbulilders Ltd that records the launch of the M.S. Chemical Venturer by Mrs. O. Hanson on 16 March 1972. The ship was built by Swan Hunter at their Hebburn yard for Anglo Eastern Bulkships Ltd.