Work in progress on two Clark-Sulzer engines

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When: 01 May 1963

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Work in progress on two Clark-Sulzer engines at the Southwick Engine Works of George Clark (Sunderland) Ltd, May 1963 (TWAM ref. 1361/323).

In the foreground is the bedplate of an 8-cylinder engine for the refrigerated cargo vessel ‘America Star’ under construction by the shipyard of Bartram & Sons Ltd. In the background is a 6-cylinder Clark-Sulzer engine for the ‘Maurice Delmas’ also under construction by Bartram & Sons Ltd.

Sunderland has a remarkable history of innovation in shipbuilding and marine engineering. From the development of turret ships in the 1890s and the production of Doxford opposed piston engines after the First World War through to the designs for Liberty ships in the 1940s and SD14s in the 1960s. Sunderland has much to be proud of.

Tyne & Wear Archives cares for tens of thousands of photographs in its shipbuilding collections. Most of these focus on the ships – in particular their construction, launch and sea trials. This set looks to redress the balance and to celebrate the work of the men and women who have played such a vital part in the region’s history. The images show the human side of this great story, with many relating to the world famous shipbuilding and engineering firm William Doxford & Sons Ltd.

The Archives has produced a short blog to accompany these images.

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    Paul Sproat

    • 12/Sep/2015 07:22:40

    World leaders in ship engine development and manufacture and we lost the lot..

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    steviej007

    • 15/Sep/2015 18:36:18

    Really good skill with that scraper.

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    gez1962

    • 18/Sep/2015 15:31:24

    It's a shame we don't build these beasts anymore