A Turners Newsreel Service film of the launch of the TSS Principe Perfeito on the 22nd September 1960 from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd Neptune Works at Walker-on-Tyne. The ship (used for passenger and troop services) was built for Companhia Nacional de Navegacao (CNN), Lisbon. The film shows views of the ship, arrival of guests, blessing and launching.
A film produced by Turners Film Productions showing the launching of the HMS Exeter from the Neptune Yard of Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd at Walker-on-Tyne on the 28th April 1978. Sponsor is Mrs Joan Mulley wife of the Rt. Hon. Frederick William Mulley, Secretary of State for Defence. Large numbers of guests and dignitaries attend, including representatives from the Royal Navy.
Compilation of two short amateur industrial films, which document the repair and extension of the oil tanker Wellfield at the Smiths Docks & Co Ltd dry docks at North Shields, beginning in August 1931 and the sea trials of HMS Bulldog, which was built at Swan Hunters at Wallsend. The North Sea trial takes place off the coast of the Tyne on the 8th April 1931. The films were produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This is an amateur compilation of documentary films shot in 1938. The first film records the presence of British Royal Navy E-class destroyer ships HMS Echo, HMS Eclipse and HMS Express on the heavily industrial River Tyne at Newcastle in the 1930s, probably in preparation for World War Two. The second film documents a famous launch by the Queen Mother, with Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, of the Cunard White Star Line cruiser, Queen Elizabeth, from the Clydebank shipyard of John Brown and Company. Next, the launch of the HMS Edinburgh battleship cruiser takes place from the Wallsend shipyard of Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The third film records the launch of the Dominion Monarch passenger cargo liner from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson shipyards for the Shaw Savill and Albion Company. The ship later served as a troop ship during the Second World War. This compilation is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur film records the construction of a graving or dry dock at Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson's shipyard at Wallsend. Filmed over a number of months, it shows men and steam cranes at work clearing the site, laying foundations, pouring concrete, installing dock gates and testing them. The first ship is towed into the new dock and other ships undergo repair and maintenance. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur film records a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) boat trip from the Newcastle Motor Boat Club marina on the Ouseburn, down river to Tynemouth for a special launch of the Tynesider lifeboat from Tynemouth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station. The lifeboat trip may have been especially organised for the production of this documentary film.
This amateur film documents the launch of the cargo ship MV Innesmoor from Hawthorne Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd yard at Hebburn-on-Tyne. Footage includes views of the ship on the slipway, men at work, and the launch by Viscountess Ridley on 30th August 1954. There are extended views both around the deck and below in a number of cabins and the dining room. The ship is towed down the Tyne by tug boat. The film ends with views of the ship at sea, possibly during its sea trials. The ship was completed in December 1954. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Compilation of reprinted newsreel footage shot in Newcastle upon Tyne by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in the 1930s. Includes footage of the Quayside Sunday market, street market sellers in Newcastle, brief shots of the Hoppings (or Temperance Festival) on the Town Moor in June 1931, night time footage of neon cinema signs, heavy snow on the central winter streets of Newcastle, Newcastle United and the St James Park football ground, and ice skating at Paddy Freeman’s Park, Jesmond, Newcastle. Some sequences are printed in reverse.
Amateur film of a holiday cruise to Madeira in the 1930s. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur travelogue, made by James Cameron Senior, records a tour around Belgium and Holland with his family in July 1929, departing on the steam ship ‘New Londoner’ from the Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. They visit some of the sites of First World War battlegrounds including Ypres, and take trips to Flushing and Bruges. Cameron was an original founder member and Honorary Secretary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1929. Cameron’s son and daughter, James Cameron Jnr. and Janet Cameron, who appear in this film, were also active Newcastle ACA members.
Amateur holiday footage of a Mediterranean cruise on the P & O Line RMS Strathmore ocean liner, probably filmed in August 1936, calling at Gibraltar, Malta, Algeria, and Lisbon, Portugal. Footage includes a distant view of the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg. This may have been shot by James Cameron Senior or his son. Cameron was a founder member and Secretary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur record of celebrations marking 900 years since the founding of Newcastle upon Tyne was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Newcastle 900 events took place between April and December, 1980. This film includes general views of the city, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, footage of a children’s festival on the Town Moor, a parade, the opening of the first phase of the Tyne & Wear Metro, and a water pageant on the Tyne that took place on 26th July.
Produced by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1931, this amateur underworld thriller about a foiled industrial espionage plot was filmed at Blyth and around the River Ouseburn and Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. The film features an exciting car chase, rescue scenes with the 1st Tyne Troop Sea Scouts, and a daring aeroplane escape by the gang’s devious femme fatale.
Set in 1850, this ambitious period drama is based on an old Tyneside sea-faring tale. A single mother and her daughter survive by luring sailors on shore leave to their boarding house to rob and murder. This film received a special commendation in the annual Amateur Cine World (ACW) magazine Ten Best competition. Scenes were filmed on board a sailing vessel at Dunston on the River Tyne and around the oldest locations in Newcastle upon Tyne, including Sandhill. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur love story tells the story of a Cullercoats fish lass and her first love who longs to sail the seas. When he gets a post on the ship S.S. Moontide, she is heartbroken. She counts the days until his return. Tragically, her sweetheart dies in an accident on board ship just days before he is due back home. When she learns the news, she throws herself from the cliffs and is killed. Locations include Whitley Bay, St Mary’s Island and Cullercoats on the North Tyneside coast. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Amateur travelogue of a family caravan holiday visiting Warwickshire, Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, Stratford-upon-Avon, and locations around Devon in the summer of 1933. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the fishing trawler Japonica in 1961. The trawler was built by T. Mitchison Ltd of Gateshead and launched on the 22nd November 1960, completed February 1961. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships sea trials.
An amateur film made by South Shields-born filmmaker Lillian Wincote recording the final day of the Shields Ferry ‘Northumbrian’ on the 25th April 1972. The film shows the steam ferry crossing between North and South Shields collecting and transporting passengers and vehicles.
An amateur film made by Kenneth Douglas, Managing Director of Austin and Pickersgill of Sunderland between 1956 and 1967, showing the construction and launch of the yacht Radiant II built at the yard between 1960 and 1961. The yacht was built for Basil M. Mavroleon of Fairwinds Navigation Ltd and completed on the 16th July 1961.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde showing the design and construction of the Doxford 'J' Engine which was a 9 cylinder, 20,000 brake horsepower engine made at the Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland between 1962 and 1964. The film also features the construction and launching of the tanker North Sands from J.L. Thompsons yard at North Sands in Sunderland on the 3rd May 1965. Following the launch, the films shows the installation of new engine into the tanker. The film ends with the fully fitted out tanker leaving the Tyne in November 1965.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of views from the deck of the tankers North Sands and British Commerce, built at J.L Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland, showing both ships and surrounding River Tyne where the tanker was being cleaned and painted.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of the tanker North Sands on the slipway at J.L. Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland and men at work inside the Drawing Office at Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland.