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Information on Sunderland Oak video clips (Image: shipyard worker)

Sunderland Oak (1961/b&w/sound)
Sunderland was once the birthplace of ships, employing thousands of men in its yards. Go behind the scenes and watch film footage of a typical shipyard in the early 1960s. 5 clips available »

Information on Building The Big 'Un video clips (Image: shipyard workers)

The Big 'Un - Building the Big 'Un (1969/b&w/sound)
The building of one of the first 'supertankers' - the Esso Northumbria - on the river Tyne at Wallsend in the late 1960s. 4 clips available »

Video clip of "Swan Hunter: Tradition of Innovation" (Image: shipyard workers)

Swan Hunter: Tradition of Innovation (1980/b&w/silent)
The Swan Hunter Story
- The story of Swan Hunter's shipbuilding yard during its early days. 1 clip available: 1 minute 36 seconds ©NRFTA.

Video clip of "Sunderland: Setting for Industry" (Image: shipyard worker)

Sunderland: Setting for Industry (1966/colour/sound)
Sunderland Shipbuilding
Sunderland's shipbuilding industry at its peak, looking at the challenges ahead and watching the launch of the Montrose. 1 clip available: 1 minute 35 seconds ©NRFTA.

Video clip of "Launching A Ship" (Image: shipyard workers)

Launching a Ship (1970s/colour/sound)
Launch Preperations
Shipyard workers prepare for the launch of a new ship. 1 clip available: 2 minutes 21 seconds ©NRFTA.

Information on "Shipbuilding" clips (Image: shipyard worker)

Shipbuilding (1950s/b&w/silent)
Shipyard workers start work on a new ship. 5 clips available »

Video clip of "A Ship is Born" (Image: workers leaving yard)

A Ship is Born (b&w/silent)
Sunderland Builds a Cargo Ship
- Sunderland shipyard workers lay the foundations for the keel of a new ship. 1 clip available: 3 minutes 51 seconds ©NRFTA.

Information on "I Name This Ship Invincible" (Image: crowd at launch)

I Name This Ship Invincible (1977/colour/sound)
Crowds arrive for the launch of the Invincible at Barrow with Her Majesty the Queen. 2 clips available »

Video clip of "Rig Building" (Image: bridges across the Tyne)

Rig Building (1980s/colour/sound)
Launching a Rig
The growth in North Sea oil and gas led to the building and launch of rigs on the Tees and Tyne including this rig built at Smiths' Dock. 1 clip available: 50 seconds ©NRFTA.

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