The cargo ship 'Queenmoor' heading on sea trials

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View of the cargo ship ‘Queenmoor’ on sea trials, 1924 (TWAM ref. 1061/998). She was launched at the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields on 8 December 1923.

This set celebrates the achievements of the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons. The firm has played a significant role in the North East’s illustrious shipbuilding history and the development of South Shields.

The company began in 1865 when John Readhead, a shipyard manager, entered into business with J Softley at a small yard on the Lawe at South Shields. Following the dissolution of the partnership in 1872, it continued as John Readhead & Co on the same site until 1880 when the High West Yard was purchased. After Readhead’s four sons were taken into the business in 1888 the company traded as John Readhead & Sons becoming a limited company in 1908. In 1968 the company was absorbed by the Swan Hunter Group and in 1977 became part of the nationalised British Shipbuilders. In the same year the last vessel was launched and the site was sold off in 1984.

Readheads was prolific and built over 600 ships from 1865 to 1968, including 87 vessels for the Hain Steamship Company Ltd and over forty for the Strick Line Ltd. The shipyard also built four ships for the Prince Line, founded by Sir James Knott. The firm built vessels, which were involved in the major conflicts of the Twentieth Century. During the First World War they built patrol vessels and ‘x’ lighters (motor landing craft used in the Gallipoli campaign) for the Admiralty. During the Second World War the firm built tankers for the Normandy Landings.

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    optimal chicken

    • 26/Nov/2015 09:32:14

    It's hard to imagine there's almost no trace of the local made ships left now.. I've a question; has the museums service placed more of the ship models (those in the huge display cases) into The Winter Gardens Museum? I visited recently and it seems that way. Just wondering! (any spare models can be stored in my living room)

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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

    • 26/Nov/2015 12:04:56 my colleague at Sunderland Museum has responded quickly. His answer is that over the last few years the Museum "has taken 4 models on loan from Northumbria Police (MV India, MV Borgsten, the tug Flying Witch and the tug Flying Wizard – the latter two being in the same case as the Borgsten) and 4 models that were used in the Home Front Exhibition this year (SS Novocastrian, SS Hindustan, HMS Ladas and P23 (HMS)) have remained with us and are on display in the shipbuilding gallery ... These add to two models that remained here after the Boom Town Exhibition that finished in 2009. These are the SS Britannia (now in shipbuilding) and the barque Brier Holme (now in Museum Street)." Other than that, to the best of his knowledge, the remaining models have all been on display since 2001.

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    optimal chicken

    • 26/Nov/2015 15:24:54

    That was quick! That's what I'd spotted! It had been quite a while since I'd last visited and I was sure they were new additions.. Thanks for that! :)

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    • 29/Nov/2015 01:17:13

    This one came to a sad end, it seems: