The battleship HMS 'Superb' passing North Shields

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HMS 'Superb' passing North Shields for trials, 25 May 1909 (TWAM ref. 1993.9567). Includes T.S. Wellesley in the background. She was a Bellerophon class dreadnought, launched at the Elswick Shipyard of Armstrong Whitworth on 7 November 1907. She served at Jutland.

The Rivers Tyne and Wear were responsible for building many vessels, which served Britain during the First World War. This set remembers some of those warships that took part in the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June 1916. During the battle over 6,000 British sailors lost their lives and 14 Royal Naval vessels were sunk. The losses included the battlecruisers HMS Queen Mary and HMS Invincible, as well as the destroyers HMS Shark, HMS Sparrowhawk and HMS Turbulent, all built on Tyneside. Their memory lives on.

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    Land Rover 61

    • 30/May/2016 08:56:32

    One hundred years on, it's good that a photographer thought this scene should be recorded. Two generations of my family worked in the Wallsend shipyards.

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    tom clearwood

    • 01/Jun/2016 08:23:42

    wonderful negative quality behind that image. A glimpse of a lost world.