John Readhead and Sons, Shipbuilders


 

John Readhead & Sons was a shipyard on the River Tyne in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England.

History

John Readhead and John Softley founded the business in 1865 in South Shields as Readhead and Softley. The first ship they built was a small collier called Unus. Swan Hunter bought the company in 1967 after publication of the Geddes Report which recommended rationalisation of shipbuilding on the River Tyne. It was nationalised with the rest of Swan Hunter in 1977. The yard at South Shields closed in 1984.

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The bulk carrier 'Hudson Light' under construction

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Preparing the cargo ship 'Crofter' for launch

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Launch of the cargo ship ‘Empire Clough’

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Aerial view of the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons and beyond

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Laying a ship's keel at Readhead's shipyard

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Dry dock at Readhead's shipyard

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'Muristan' under construction at Readhead's shipyard

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The cargo ship 'Tangistan' after launch

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Working on a propeller at Readhead's shipyard

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Launch party of the cargo ship 'Empire Hazlitt'

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Presentation at the launch of 'Armanistan'

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Aerial view of the shipyard of John Readhead & Sons

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Towing 'Empire Clough' to the fitting out quay

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Plater's Shed at Readhead's shipyard, South Shields

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The cargo ship 'Min' on sea trials

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The cargo ship 'Queenmoor' heading on sea trials

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Stern view of the cargo ship 'Armanistan'

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Launch of the cargo ship 'Kelmscott'

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First World War Patrol boat on the River Tyne

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Launch party of the bulk carrier 'Gloxinia'

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Launch of the cargo ship 'Turkistan'

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Launch of the cargo ship 'Baron Belhaven'

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'Trojan Prince' nearing completion

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Engine room of the cargo ship 'Empire Ruskin'

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The cargo ship 'Armanistan' at night

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Christmas message from the workers

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'Shahristan' on sea trials

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'Empire Crown' on sea trials

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Conjurer entertaining children

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Readheads Shipbuilders

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Shipyard of John Readhead & Sons, 1950

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Shipyard of John Readhead & Sons, 1950

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Readheads Yard 6th May 1963

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John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields

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Welcome to their Majesties

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HRH Prince Albert visits South Shields

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John Readhead & Sons Ltd, South Shields

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South Shields
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South Shields
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Former Readhead shipyard, South Shields

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The cargo ship Saxonia at Readhead's shipyard

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