Photos of Newcastle

Shipbuilding on the River Tyne, 1960-1977


These images are part of the Ronald Sanderson collection which was kindly donated to Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
Ronald Sanderson was an amateur photographer who lived in South Shields.

All photographs on this page have been used with the permission of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.


The following 5 photographs capture a view of The Ottawa being constructed and launched into the river at Swan Hunter's Wallsend yard in 1964 for Trident Tankers Ltd, and being turned with the aid of the tugs in front of spectators. This photograph was taken in 1964


The Ottawa Launch


The Ottawa


The Ottawa Launch 2


The stern of the Ottawa


The Ottawa in Dock






The following 3 photos are taken around where Spillers in Byker was and slightly east of there.


Spiller's flour mill


The Banks of the Tyne


The bend in the River Tyne





This is a view of the Korle Lagoon fitting out (no funnel or masts). She was a 5000grt motorship built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson at their Wallsend yard in 1964 for the Black Star Line of Accra, Ghana.


Industry on the Tyne





Location is uncertain on this photo. Probably Vickers in Elswick unless you know otherwise then please let me know


Ships in Dock





This is a photograph of an oilrig, without support vessels, birthed at an unknown yard, possibly McNulty's Marine on the South side of the river. This photograph was taken in 1977.


An Oil Rig on the South Side





HMCS Provider of the Canadian Navy. Taken around mid to late 1960's


The Royal Navy on the Tyne






This photograph captures the excavations along the north side of the River Tyne, with the crane Titan II on a barge alongside.


Titan II





The Shields Ferry "South Shields" coal fired steam recip which was in service from 1911 - 1968. Ellerman Lines "City of Wellington" in the background is in Brigham & Cowans drydock.


A tugboat on the Tyne






The Middle Dock Engineering company


The Middle Dock Engineering company





Readheads Shipbuilders


Readheads Shipbuilders





This is a photograph of the four bridges that span the River Tyne at Newcastle upon Tyne in May 1964. In the foreground is the Tyne Bridge, followed by the Swing Bridge, then the High Level Bridge and finally the King Edward Bridge.


The Four Bridges


All photographs on this page have been used with the permission of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.


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