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Shipbuilding Collection

Shipbuilding has long been a symbol of human ingenuity and craftsmanship

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857, printed 1863-64

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Esso Northumbria supertanker being built at Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend

The Esso Northumbria supertanker being built at Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend. Circa April 1969

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Limited was a Scottish shipbuilding

The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Limited was a Scottish shipbuilding company in the Govan area on the Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. 5th January 1966

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Wallsend-on-Tyne - Shipbuilding

Wallsend-on-Tyne - Shipbuilding and the BP Tanker British Hazel in dock. Date: 1963

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Govan Shipbuilders Ltd was a British shipbuilding company based on the River Clyde at

Govan Shipbuilders Ltd was a British shipbuilding company based on the River Clyde at Glasgow in Scotland. It operated the former Fairfield Shipyard

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The launch of HMS Eagle aircraft carrier

The launch of HMS Eagle aircraft carrier
Launch of HMS Eagle, Royal Naval aircraft carrier by Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) in Belfast, 1946

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Part of the tremendous stores of Stephen and Sons Ltd shipyard, Glasgow

Part of the tremendous stores of Stephen and Sons Ltd shipyard, Glasgow. This was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Circa, 1950s

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: A nuclear submarine berthing at Devonport docks, Plymouth, Devon, 1980

A nuclear submarine berthing at Devonport docks, Plymouth, Devon, 1980. The site has been established as a naval construction and refit yard since 1690

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Devonshire Dock - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria

Devonshire Dock - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria Date: circa 1910s

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Shipbuilding, Glasgow, Scotland, 6th March 1971. Face of Britain 1971 Feature

Shipbuilding, Glasgow, Scotland, 6th March 1971. Face of Britain 1971 Feature

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 1911

Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 1911
Hole torn in the hull of RMS Olympic after the collision with HMS Hawke in the Solent, 20th September 1911. The collision took place as Olympic

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company - Building

Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company - Building a Warship Victorian period

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The RFA Sir Tristram enters the River Tyne after an 8, 000 mile rescue operation following

The RFA Sir Tristram enters the River Tyne after an 8, 000 mile rescue operation following the Falklands Conflict. On board were a handful of ship repair yard workers

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Shipyard workers, engineers and boilermakers leave after the first day at work at Scott

Shipyard workers, engineers and boilermakers leave after the first day at work at Scott Lithgow shipyard on the River Clyde, Scotland October 1972

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The band headed the procession of strikers from Swan Hunter shipbuilders in Wallsend

The band headed the procession of strikers from Swan Hunter shipbuilders in Wallsend

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Launching the HMS Ark Royal

Launching the HMS Ark Royal
The launch of the HMS Ark Royal, Royal Naval aircraft carrier at Birkenhead, 1950

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The launch of Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales at the C

The launch of Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales at the C
Launch of Royal Navy battleship HMS Prince of Wales at the Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead 1939

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse

Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse 1900 to 1910, a vote for the radicals is a vote against the British Navy. circa 1910s

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: A colourised version of a version of classic photograph from the Chronicle archive

A colourised version of a version of classic photograph from the Chronicle archive, summer holidays. A child plays in the shadow of one of the supertankers, Tyne Pride, built at Swan Hunter, 1975

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Royal Navys aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious seen here under construction at

The Royal Navys aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious seen here under construction at the Swan Hunter Shipbuilders yard on the Tyne at Wallsend. 13th December 1977

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Shipyard cranes rise above tenement apartment buildings by the River Clyde in Scotland

Shipyard cranes rise above tenement apartment buildings by the River Clyde in Scotland March 1971

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The ship Oxfordshire later renamed the Fairstar

The ship Oxfordshire later renamed the Fairstar, the (Fun Ship) was a popular Australian cruise ship operating out of Sydney during a career lasting almost 25 years

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Sir Arthur Helps, Vanity Fair, Ape

Sir Arthur Helps, Vanity Fair, Ape
Sir Charles Mark Palmer, 1st Baronet (1822 1907), English shipbuilder born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear (county Durham), England. He founded Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company in 1852

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Messrs Vickers Iron Foundry - Barrow-in-Furness

Messrs Vickers Iron Foundry - Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Only a few groups of men stand chatting at the gate of a deserted Manchester dock May

Only a few groups of men stand chatting at the gate of a deserted Manchester dock May 1951 P011969

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: A helmet hanging with welders goggles amongst the empty cranes after the closure of Govan

A helmet hanging with welders goggles amongst the empty cranes after the closure of Govan Shipbuilders shipyard in Scotland August 1979

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Cunard White Star Liner the RMS Queen Mary makes her way down the River Clyde to

The Cunard White Star Liner the RMS Queen Mary makes her way down the River Clyde to commence her sea trials. Circa 1936

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The giant size of the dry dock at Brigham and Cowans, South Shields is seen here with

The giant size of the dry dock at Brigham and Cowans, South Shields is seen here with the ship that is now in for inspection & repairs. Circa 1960

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Orient on the Clyde (oil on canvas)

Orient on the Clyde (oil on canvas)
476711 Orient on the Clyde (oil on canvas) by Walters, Samuel (1811-82); 92.1x154.9 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: The Orient Line Steam Ship.); Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Members certificate of the Associated Shipwrights Society (colour litho)

Members certificate of the Associated Shipwrights Society (colour litho)
BAL5874 Members certificate of the Associated Shipwrights Society (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Trades Union Congress, London, UK; English, out of copyright

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Glasgow (colour litho)

Glasgow (colour litho)
2797826 Glasgow (colour litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Glasgow. Illustration for card from game called The Kingdoms Of Europe by John Jaques)

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: John Browns shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde in Glasgow

John Browns shipbuilding industry on the River Clyde in Glasgow, Singer clock tower in the distance Circa 1951

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Finnieston Cantilever Crane, Stobcross Quay, Glasgow, Scotland. Date: 1950s

Finnieston Cantilever Crane, Stobcross Quay, Glasgow, Scotland. Date: 1950s

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Saunders Shipyard (Interior), Cowes, 1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes

Saunders Shipyard (Interior), Cowes, 1938. Creator: Kirk & Sons of Cowes
Saunders Shipyard (Interior), Cowes, 1938

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Shipbuilding scene, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton

Shipbuilding scene, 1941. Artist: Cecil Beaton
Shipbuilding scene, 1941. From Air of Glory, by Cecil Beaton. [His Majestys Stationery Office, London, 1941]

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: A Prospect of Chatham Dock from Finsbery Windmill (engraving)

A Prospect of Chatham Dock from Finsbery Windmill (engraving)
XJF3058229 A Prospect of Chatham Dock from Finsbery Windmill (engraving) by English School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The launch of the Cunard White Star Liner - Queen Mary

The launch of the Cunard White Star Liner - Queen Mary by HM The Queen at Clydebank, Septmeber 26th, 1934. Now permanently located at Long Beach, California, United States. Date: 1934

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899

Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899
Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. This album of six photographs depicts the launch of the icebreaking ferry Baikal at the village of Listvenichnoye on the western shore of Lake Baikal

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899

Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899
Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. This album of six photographs depicts the launch of the icebreaking ferry Baikal at the village of Listvenichnoye on the western shore of Lake Baikal

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry 'Baikal', 1899

Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. Creator: Akselrod. Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899
Ice-Breaking Ferry "Baikal", 1899. This album of six photographs depicts the launch of the icebreaking ferry Baikal at the village of Listvenichnoye on the western shore of Lake Baikal

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Vaasa Province, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Vaasa Province, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Vaasa Province, 1856. This card is one of a souvenir set of 82 illustrated cards-one for each province of the Russian Empire as it existed in 1856

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Launch of Her Majesty's armour-plated screw-frigate Caledonia, 31 guns, at Woolwich... 1862

Launch of Her Majesty's armour-plated screw-frigate Caledonia, 31 guns, at Woolwich... 1862. Creator: Unknown
Launch of Her Majesty's armour-plated screw-frigate Caledonia, 31 guns, at Woolwich, [London], 1862....the vessel having been named by Miss Nicolson, daughter of the Commodore Superintendent

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Australian clipper-ship The Royal Family, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Australian clipper-ship The Royal Family, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Australian clipper-ship The Royal Family, 1862. Sailing ship built by Messrs. W. and R. Wright at St. John, New Brunswick. She is consigned to the well-known firm of Messrs

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Floating pontoons or dock prepared by Messrs. Rennie and Son for the government of Spain, 1862

Floating pontoons or dock prepared by Messrs. Rennie and Son for the government of Spain, 1862. Creator: Unknown
Floating pontoons or dock prepared by Messrs. Rennie and Son for the government of Spain, 1862. Now that Spain is endeavouring to regain her position amongst the chief nations of Europe

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: A glimpse of the River Tyne from the decks of the RMS Olympic

A glimpse of the River Tyne from the decks of the RMS Olympic, which is rapidly being broken up at Messers Thomas W Ward Ltd in Jarrow. 23rd April 1936

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The tanker Esso Hibernia, built by Swan Hunter in Wallsend and was launched in April 1970

The tanker Esso Hibernia, built by Swan Hunter in Wallsend and was launched in April 1970. With her sister-ship, the Esso Northumbria launched 11 months earlier, at 253, 000 tons

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: Casabianca under construction, St Ives, Cornwall. 1877

Casabianca under construction, St Ives, Cornwall. 1877
The Casabianca of Shoreham, Sussex, under construction in St Ives harbour. A large pennant bearing the ships name is being flown from the main mast

Background imageShipbuilding Collection: The Cardiff pilot cutter No12 Baratanach on the beach at St Ives, Cornwall in 1879

The Cardiff pilot cutter No12 Baratanach on the beach at St Ives, Cornwall in 1879, the year she was built
Baratanach on the beach at St Ives with the topsail schooners Drake and John Carnall and the fishing lugger S.S.619 in the background. The pilot cutter Baratanach (ON 81779) was built in 1879



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Shipbuilding has long been a symbol of human ingenuity and craftsmanship, as seen in Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing proudly before the launching chains of the Great Eastern. The Esso Northumbria supertanker being constructed at Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend showcases the immense scale and complexity of these vessels. Wallsend-on-Tyne, known for its rich shipbuilding history, stands as a testament to the skill and dedication of those involved in this industry. Glasgow, Scotland, on March 6th, 1971 - a date etched into British maritime history. Shipbuilding takes center stage as it is featured in Face of Britain 1971 Feature. The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Limited played a significant role in shaping Scotland's shipbuilding legacy. The launch of HMS Eagle aircraft carrier exemplifies both power and grace combined with meticulous engineering precision. Govan Shipbuilders Ltd on the River Clyde continues this proud tradition by contributing to Britain's naval strength. Devonshire Dock in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria serves as an emblematic location where dreams take shape amidst steel and iron. Stephen and Sons Ltd shipyard stores are filled with treasures waiting to be transformed into majestic vessels that will conquer the seas. Witnessing a nuclear submarine berthing at Devonport docks evokes awe-inspiring feelings about our technological advancements over time. Plymouth, Devon becomes synonymous with innovation within the maritime industry during this era. History reminds us that even great ships can face challenges; RMS Olympic bears witness to this truth after colliding with HMS Hawke in the Solent back in 1911. Yet from adversity comes resilience - launching HMS Ark Royal demonstrates our unwavering determination to overcome obstacles while forging ahead towards new horizons. In every rivet hammered down or weld meticulously crafted lies not only an expression of human creativity but also an embodiment of national pride. Shipbuilding remains more than just an industry.