Aerial view of the River Wear, 1959

Download this image

More from this collection

Support Pastpin!

Where: Unknown

Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.

When: 01 July 1959

Try to find the date or year when this image was made.
Aerial view of the shipyard of Sir James Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland, July 1959 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/22451), showing Wearmouth Colliery in the foreground.

This set of images celebrates the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the Port of Sunderland. The port authority was constituted in 1717 by Act of Parliament, which appointed the River Wear Commissioners to manage and improve the harbour and river. Since then the port has changed beyond recognition with the construction of piers, docks and quays and the dredging of the River Wear to make it wider and deeper.

These developments were vital to the coal trade on which the region’s prosperity depended. The improvement of the river was also essential to the success of shipbuilding in Sunderland as well as allied industries such as marine engineering and ship repairing. These images are a reflection of Sunderland’s proud industrial history.

(Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email [email protected]

Info:

Owner: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 6017
portofsunderland sunderland riverwear heritage industry industrial ships vessels shipyards shipbuilding deptford pallion southwick sirjameslaingandsons williamdoxfordsons williampickersgillsons wearmouthcolliery coalmining collieries rivers queenalexandrabridge railways coalstaithes aerialphotograph blackandwhitephotograph digitalimage archives aerialview shipyard july1959 industrialheritage shipbuildingheritage maritimeheritage ship mast deck transportation development structure construction river water land bank crane buildings wall roof window marineengineering shiprepairing dredging pier dock quay passage harbour management riverwearcommissioners tradition cylinder container refelection calm fascinating unusual impressive interesting northeastofengland unitedkingdom bridge road vehicle trasnportation vegetation

Add Tags