Shipyards on the River Wear, 1949

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    Aerial view of shipyards on the River Wear, April 1949 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/2829C). The shipyard of William Doxofrd & Sons is on the centre left of the picture, while William Pickersgill & Sons is on the right. This set of images celebrates the 300th Anniversary of the establishment of the Port of Sunderland. The port authority was constituted in 1717 by Act of Parliament, which appointed the River Wear Commissioners to manage and improve the harbour and river. Since then the port has changed beyond recognition with the construction of piers, docks and quays and the dredging of the River Wear to make it wider and deeper. These developments were vital to the coal trade on which the region’s prosperity depended. The improvement of the river was also essential to the success of shipbuilding in Sunderland as well as allied industries such as marine engineering and ship repairing. These images are a reflection of Sunderland’s proud industrial history. (Copyright) We're happy for you to share these digital images within the spirit of The Commons. Please cite 'Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums' when reusing. Certain restrictions on high quality reproductions and commercial use of the original physical version apply though; if you're unsure please email archives@twmuseums.org.uk
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    Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
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    Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/29295370@N07/36005308656/
    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Pat Thomson
    Last modified: 3 years, 4 months ago
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    Picture Taken: 1949-04-01T00:00:00
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