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Wallsend Dry Docks and the Hebburn Shipbuilding Yard with warships being decommissioned, Hebburn, 1946
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Title Wallsend Dry Docks and the Hebburn Shipbuilding Yard with warships being decommissioned, Hebburn, 1946
Image reference EAW002153
Date 1st August 1946
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Place name Hebburn
Administrative area South Tyneside
Country England
Easting/Northing 430191, 565434

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  • 'Dry' docks are areas of dockland which provide spaces for ships to sail into, but which can then be drained to allow them to be repaired or (in this case) to be broken up and demolished once there is no further use for them. As we see here, they can be very large structures, providing space not only for the ships themselves but also for cranes, storage, access and transportation.

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    AlMu
    Thursday 8th May
    11:36am
  • Redundant destroyers or frigates with gun mountings removed

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    MB
    Thursday 4th July
    5:32pm
  • These are three incomplete "Battle"-class (1943 batch) destroyers, HMS "Mons", "Poictiers" and "Jutland" (furthest from camera, the only one with turrets shipped). They had been launched and construction suspended at the wars end. Only "Jutland" would be completed.

    Andy A
    Tuesday 21st January
    1:01am
  • This street is nowadays called Prince Consort Rd but in those days it was James St. I've attached a photo from my www.oldtyneside.co.uk website showing the back lane

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    NDunn
    Sunday 8th September
    10:03am
  • The Ellison House Hotel next door to the theatre & badly burned in Oct 1950 when the Theatre next door burned down. The only photo I have is this one from my www.oldtyneside.co.uk website taken at the time of the fire

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    NDunn
    Sunday 8th September
    10:00am
  • This area was known as 'The Bauxite' . Bauxite is the ore where aluminium is extracted from.

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:44am
  • This was a Reservoir.

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:36am
  • This was where in 1919 the Newcastle Shipbuilding Company started building ships. They went bust two years later. The Platers sheds further up the bank became the Reay Gear Works in the late 1920s.

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:29am
  • St Aloysius School with the Church just behind it

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:26am
  • St Andrew's St

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:25am
  • Lamport St which ran from Ellison St to the Reay Gear works

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:24am
  • Hebburn Police Station and courts

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    NDunn
    Friday 6th September
    7:22am
  • Ship Inn

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    MB
    Thursday 4th July
    5:31pm
  • i had many a pint in this bar and it's sadly no longer there pulled down by its new owner Freddy Sheppard in 2013

    chris lowery
    Wednesday 4th September
    4:40pm
  • The Ballast Hill which during WW2 had guns mounted on the top to shoot down German bombers.

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:02pm
  • i remember in the early 60s crossing from wallsend and playing on the balast hill

    chris lowery
    Wednesday 4th September
    4:38pm
  • The Commercial Hotel on Lyon St/Ellison St corner

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    NDunn
    Friday 30th August
    11:51am
  • Suggest that the 'Redundant destroyers or frigates with gun mountings removed' are in fact three 'Battle' class destroyers, built on the Tyne and incomplete at the cessation of hostilities. That furthest from the camera has some of her armament fitted, the two nearer have not. Hard to be certain which ships they are, but must be three out of 'Agincourt', 'Alamein', 'Aisne', 'Albuera', 'Corunna', 'Oudenarde', 'Jutland', 'Gabbard', 'Saintes' or 'St.Kitts', all of which were Tyne-built. Some of these ships were subsequently completed; others eventually scrapped, incomplete.

    Sources: John English, 'British Fleet Destroyers 1941-45', & George Moore, 'The Battle Class Destroyers' in 2002-2003 edition of 'Warship' annual.

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    Stephen Dent
    Saturday 24th August
    1:12pm
  • Further confirmation suggests ships are Agincourt, Alamein and Jutland, all built by Hawthorn Leslie. The former two were completed, the latter was used for explosives tests and then subsequently scrapped.

    Stephen Dent
    Tuesday 27th August
    6:08pm
  • Gainers Terrace, In the 70's this is where all the trailers and lorrys where parked when they filmed the Ferry scenes for' Get Carter '

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    andsome enery
    Friday 23rd August
    6:39pm
  • the dock pub

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    andsome enery
    Friday 23rd August
    6:36pm
  • Ferry landing, below Benton Way. Earlier ferries are mentioned in William Richardson's History of the Parish of Wallsend (1923). R & W Hawthorn Leslie, of Hebburn, had problems in 1901, getting the newly constituted Wallsend Borough to accept their plan for steam launches to carry their workers. The Evening Chronicle reported that Mid-Tyne Ferries had lost £141000. The operator, Swan Hunter, had declared them too expensive. The 3 boats, built in the 1940s, would soon need replacements - 3.7.1979. Manager Harry Rowell commented on a strike over passenger rowdiness; the boats were "Tyne Queen", "Tyne Duchess", "Tyne Princess" - Journal 15.3.1980.

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    Eric Hollerton
    Friday 23rd August
    12:51pm
  • This path led to what locals called the 'Wooden Bridge'. At the other side over the railway line was Hedgely Rd running right & left. If you turned left it led to Black Rd. If you turned right it led up past the Pyrotenax factory & then the Bitumastic Factory & onto Station Rd.

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    NDunn
    Sunday 18th August
    2:48pm
  • This factory is the 'Reay Gear Works' but it was originally the Plater's Sheds belonging to the Newcastle Shipbuilding Co that started in 1919 & went bust in 1921. You can see the little slipways at the riverside in front of it.

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    NDunn
    Thursday 15th August
    4:43pm
  • Coquet St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:07am
  • Wreigh St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:07am
  • Albert St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:06am
  • Argyle St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:05am
  • McIntyre St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:04am
  • Campbell St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:03am
  • Dumhope St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:03am
  • Usway St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:02am
  • Swindon St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    9:00am
  • 'The County Hotel'

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    8:59am
  • Holystone St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    8:58am
  • Caledonian St. The 'Dock Hotel' was just next to this identification flag.

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    8:56am
  • The 'Caledonian' Hotel on Lyon St/Tyne St corner

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 13th August
    8:53am
  • Price St

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    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    5:29pm
  • Parliament St

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    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    5:28pm
  • Bonnacord St named because of the workers that came down from Aberdeen to work for Andrew Leslie's shipyard post 1853. Bonnacord was Aberdeen's motto.

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    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    5:26pm
  • This was the Mortuary for the Pit

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    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    5:23pm
  • Leslie's Canteen for the workers

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    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    5:20pm
  • This shows part of Tyne View Tce which belonged to the Tenant's Chemical Works in earlier years. My McNeill relatives later lived in the house 1940s & 50s & told me there was a Tennis Court at the house which is probably what can be seen alongside the house.

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:16am
  • I made a mistake & I've just realised that My McNeill family lived at Tyne View in the 1930s as well as the 40s & 50s

    NDunn
    Monday 12th August
    7:24am
  • I lived in that upstairs Flat (14 Lyon St) 1944 to 1953 when I was 9yrs old. I watched the Theatre Royal burn down across the road in October 1950. It was a Friday night & I had been looking forward to seeing the next episode of something I've now forgot. Probably Marvel Man or Cpt Marvel.

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    6:30pm
  • The 'Quay Board School'

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:32am
  • Hawthorn Leslie's Shipyard where the famous HMS Kelly was built. Kelly was commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten & he often attended Armistice Day celebrations in Hebburn.

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:30am
  • Hebburn's own 'Theatre Royal' that opened in 1897 & burned down in October 1950. I watched it burning as a 6 yr old & lived across the road 50 yds east of it. The father of the famous comedy actor Stan Laurel of 'Laurel & Hardy' fame was Manager of the theatre & his name was Arthur Jefferson

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:27am
  • Bewick St

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:22am
  • The 'Gem' picture hall on Albert St-William St corner

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:21am
  • Lloyds Bank opposite St Aloysius Church

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:19am
  • Prince Consort Rd with White Marine factory on the right

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    NDunn
    Wednesday 7th August
    10:17am
  • St Cuthbert's Church

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:09pm
  • Co-op Store Hall on Lyon St-Albert St corner

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:08pm
  • Ann St & the gap is where German bombs blew up the houses that were there pre war.

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:06pm
  • Ellison St which ran from the riverside up to Argyle St

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:05pm
  • Hood St

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    Tuesday 6th August
    7:04pm
  • This was the remains of Hebburn 'C' Pit

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    NDunn
    Tuesday 6th August
    7:03pm
  • St Andrew's Presbyterian Church

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    Tuesday 6th August
    7:03pm
  • Ferry approaching Hebburn ferry landing

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    MB
    Thursday 4th July
    5:37pm
  • Ferry pier

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    Thursday 4th July
    5:34pm

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