Descriptionthe Wallsend shipyards are special to my grandma because her dad used to work at them and she loved to watch the boats sail off to sea her favourite ship was the Esso Northumbria. At the time she found it magnificent as it was so big it dwarfed all the houses in the area. Kids were playing whilst the parents watched excitedly when the Esso Northumria launched. It all happened in 1969 when she watched the biggest ship she had ever saw launch which was especially made to carry crude oil. Everyone was there including princess Anne who actually launched the ship saying " I hear by name name this ship Esso Northumbria, may god bless her and all who sail her". My grandma thinks this is special to Tyneside because it was the only shipyard in the area that could launch a ship that big, if it wasn't there then this piece of history would not of existed.
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