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.
A film produced by Denvia Video showing the dismantling of the Doxford 670 Experimental P Engine at South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields between October 2006 and April 2007.
A series of short films made by Maurice Clyde of various activities and events taking place with members of the Doxford Engines Friends Association (DEFA). Events recorded include a visit by Dr Thomas Knudsen to the South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields to see the Doxford Experimental Engine, visits to the Pallion Shipyard and Doxford's Old Works and a visit to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum to see their new museum stores. The film also includes extracts of a number of BBC North East and Cumbria and Tyne Tees Television news items relating to the items on this film.
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.