THE SUNDERLAND SITE - PAGE 001
INTRODUCTION AND SITE INDEXES
In these pages, I hope to cover, in such detail as comes to hand, the history & the industrial history of Sunderland, an industrial history that now only exists in books, photographs - and in memories. Much material is already on site. As time progresses it is hoped that the shipbuilders, the collieries & staithes, the railways, the potteries, the breweries, and the many related activities, will all be given their due & extensively featured.
These pages will not be ever complete most probably, for the subject is vast, & access to data is limited to the webmaster, who, residing in Canada, has never even visited Sunderland!
As the postcard says, you have just arrived at Sunderland!
At left, a novelty postcard, believed to date from c.1918, - the flap (which you can see if you look at the image closely) opens up to produce a 'concertina' of 12 Sunderland views.
The card was offered for sale on eBay in Oct. 2012. Sunderland was not unique in having such a postcard. Similar postcards were clearly issued with the names of other cities - certainly Bagshot, Llandudno, Lytham, Prestatyn (N. Wales), Southsea, Portsmouth & Burnham. And maybe many hundreds of other places too. But to my eyes, and perhaps to yours, the image is new & visually most interesting.
A NEW EXPERIENCE FOR THE ADVENTUROUS
The date of Apl. 28, 2013 will surely become a date of some significance to those who chose to participate. In what, you may ask? On that date you were able, in the words of a Sunderland City Council press release, to 'zip wire from the giddy heights of Wearmouth Bridge across the river to land on the southern side at Panns Bank'. Or at least 90 people had that opportunity since that would seem to be the most that could be accommodated. Those spots were to be allocated first to those who paid £40 & registered. You could also register by paying £20 & agreeing to raise an additional £20 for a charity of your choice. It was sold out, of course.
This event was but part of a day in Sunderland on which you could also have participated in the 'Marathon of the North', the 'Sunderland City 10K', & in 2013, for the first time, the new 'Half Marathon of the North'.
So far I have found little material that described the occasion.
I had though that the event would likely be repeated & become an annual event. Meg Hartford tells me, however, that that is not the case. It was not repeated in 2014.
PRACTICAL MATTERS AND SITE INDEXNEXT PAGE
1) On this page:- an index to Sunderland general history, Sunderland shipbuilding history, shipbuilder booklets, vessels built at Sunderland by decade, Sunderland shipbuilder build lists, other shipbuilder pages, Sunderland potteries, special pages, pages unrelated to Sunderland.
2) A site guestbook is here.
3) A 'thank you' list is here.
4) To search for specific text on this page, just press 'CTRL + F' & then enter your search term.
7) Webmaster use only. Test, eBay checked 041 thru 151 - Dec. 28, 2014 thru #698 on page 143.
SUNDERLAND SITE INDEX PAGES
Page 001 - (this page)
An overall site index page.
An index page to the many Sunderland shipbuilder names covered on site & the vessels that they built. And a 'thank you' list.
SUNDERLAND HISTORY RELATED PAGES
A page about the River Wear bridges in the middle of Sunderland. Their history, in words, prints, photographs & even in pottery!
A second page about the River Wear bridges in the middle of Sunderland. And a number of Sunderland largely postcard images.
A page about the 'other' bridges.
A fine history (story) about the City of Sunderland - & an index to the many 'Len Charlton' articles on site.
Growing up in pre-WW2 Sunderland.
Sunderland by the Sea - from a deserted coastline through two wars to an international air show
A page respecting the River Wear ferries.
A page about the coal mines & staiths.
A page about Wearmouth Colliery.
The harbour and docks of Sunderland.
From stagecoach to Metro ... Sunderland's transport system.
A page about Sunderland shipwrecks & groundings. A second page will soon be needed.
A modest start on a page about Corporation Quay. Need help with the subject!
'Whatever happened to or at .....' Just five items listed so far - the 'Wilson' timber yard, Penshaw Monument, the Havelock House fire of 1898, the 'Joplings' fire of 1954, & now a brief reference to Hartley's Glass Works also.
A page of maps of Sunderland & area. 8 maps now. Hopefully more soon.
A start on a page of Sunderland places of visual or historic interest. And Sunderland events. Just a start today. Already some splendid images of the 1919 Peace Parade. Surely more content soon.
Jack Crawford & the Battle of Camperdown.
A journey around Sunderland's old villages
A start on a page about the lives & successes of folks born in Sunderland.
The Bonnersfield & Sheepfolds areas of Monkwearmouth - an article by Meg Hartford.
The Victoria Hall Disaster of Jun. 16, 1883. And the history of Victoria Hall.
A second page re the Victoria Hall Disaster of Jun. 16, 1883.
A holding page for material without a final destination page yet. Including amongst other matters, data re HMS Arrow, St. Peter's Church & Drury & Son, haberdashers.
SHIPBUILDING RELATED PAGES
An index page - to the many Sunderland shipbuilder names covered on site & the vessels that they built. And a 'thank you' list.
A page re Austin & Pickersgill Limited & a few smaller builders.
The 1st of 2 pages re S. P. Austin & Son.
The 2nd of 2 pages re S. P. Austin & Son & a few smaller builders (Barker & Barkes).
A 1st page re George Bartram & Sons.
A 2nd page re George Bartram & Sons. And also George Booth.
A first page re John Blumer & Co.
A second page re John Blumer & Co. & some smaller builders, Briggs, British Shipbuilders, Byers & Candlish.
A page re J. Crown & Sons (Strand Slipway) & Denniston.
The 1st of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.
The 2nd of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.
The 3rd of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.
The 4th of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.
A page re Gales, Hodgson & Gardner, William Gray, T. W. Greenwell & Co. Ltd., Hardie & others.
A page re Iliff & Mounsey, Kish, Boolds & Co. & John Knox.
The 1st of 2 pages re Sir James Laing and Sons Limited
The 2nd of 2 pages re Sir James Laing and Sons Limited
A page re Leithead, Liddle & Sutcliffe, & Lightfoot
A page re George & John Mills, Naisby, North East Shipbuilders & Osbourne, Graham & Co.
Data re Oswald & Co., Robert Pace, Pearson, Peverall.
A page re William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd.
A page re Potts, Priestman, Robinson, & Shipbuilding Corporation Limited.
The 1st of 2 pages re Short Brothers.
The 2nd of 2 pages re Short Brothers. And also re Smurthwaite.
A page re Sunderland Shipbuilders / Shipbuilding & Swan Hunter.
The 1st of 2 pages re Joseph L. Thompson & Sons.
The 2nd of 2 pages re Joseph L. Thompson & Sons.
A page re Robert Thompson & also Wigham's, a repair facility.
A page, re & related to William Pile, 'Watson' & Wheatley. And 'City of Adelaide'.
A page re Sunderland built ships whose builder is unknown.
A start upon a links page, but just a few links, so far.
A start upon a page which explains the meaning of some nautical terms.
SUNDERLAND SHIPBUILDER BOOKLETS ETC.
A page for booklets published by 'Austin' & 'Austin & Pickersgill'.
A page for books/booklets published by 'Bartram & Sons' & related. Photos etc.
A page for material related to 'Blumer'.
A page for booklets published by 'Doxford'.
A page for material related to 'Laing'.
A page for booklets published by 'Sunderland Shipbuilders Limited'.
A page for booklets published by 'Joseph L. Thompson & Sons'.
A page for material related to 'Swan, Hunter, & Wigham Richardson, Ltd.'
A page for books/booklets of a wide or general interest. Also access to the 'Reflections of Southwick' manuscript & 'Turnbull's Annual Maritime Advertiser and Shipping Register for 1856' & other book snippets.
SUNDERLAND BUILT VESSELS BY YEAR OF FIRST REGISTRY
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1780s & 1790s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1800s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1810s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1820s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1830s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1840s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1850s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1860s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1870s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1880s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1890s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1900s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1910s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1920s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1930s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1940s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1950s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1960s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1970s.
A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1980s & 1990s.
SUNDERLAND SHIPBUILDER BUILD LISTS
Build lists re shipbuilders whose names commenced with the letter 'A', other than Austin. Only, however, Wm. Richard Abbay as the page commences.
A 'build list' re Austin's - re years 1831 through 1962 (including Austin & Pickersgill Limited vessels which were built at Wear Dock).
A complete 'build list' re Bartram's - re years 1838 thru 1978 (including Austin & Pickersgill Limited vessels which were built at South Dock). And now a George Barker list also.
A 'build list' re 'Blumer' & a start upon a build list for Wm. Byers or Byers & Co., Candlish & Crown
A 'build list' re 'Doxford', re years 1837 through 1990 (including successor names thru 'North East Shipbuilders Limited').
A start on a 'build list' re 'Gales' Not complete. But advanced enough to uplink. And a build list re 'Hardie'.
A 'build list' re 'Laings'. A very large list! From 1794 thru 1985, including successor names.
A 'build list' re James Leithead & related, from 1827 thru 1857.
A 'build list' re Pickersgill, 1863 thru 1961. Also successor names thru 1989.
A 'build list' re Priestman - in business 1882 through 1933 or 1937. And just a start on lists re Pearson, Pile & Potts.
A 'build list' re John Smith.
A page number reserved for a 'build list' re Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. - in business 1880 through 1925
A 'build list' re Joseph L. Thompson - re years 1838 through 1988. A large page, indeed.
OTHER SHIPBUILDER RELATED MATERIAL
'A history of shipbuilding on the Wear', a paper by J. A. Marr.
James Westoll & The Westoll Line, famous shipowners of Sunderland.
Thomas Rose of Wear Steam Shipping Company & Robert H. Gayner, both fleet ship owners of Sunderland.
POTTERY RELATED PAGES
The first of what likely will be many pages about the potteries of Sunderland.
A second page re the potteries of the Sunderland area.
A page for the verses on Sunderland pottery.
A warning page - about fake Sunderland lustre plaques, often offered on eBay.
SPECIAL - NON-SUNDERLAND - PAGES
Re Glenroy, built by Wm. Gray of W. Hartlepool & re Frederick J. Hunter, her Master.
A first page about 'whaleback' ships, the forerunner of the 'Doxford' turret ship.
A 2nd page about 'whaleback' ships, an image page.
A start on a page about Durham Cathedral. Mainly images so far. Hopefully the cathedral's history & more images in the future.
A place to save ship history data re ships not built at Sunderland. And data about shipwrecks and Lloyd's Registers. So the data is readily available for anyone who is interested.
An advancing page, that offers literature related to the general subject of coal mining in Durham County.
A page about a few of the Durham collieries. Just Eppleton Colliery today. Hopefully more in due course.
A start on a page featuring prints that are related to coal mining in Durham County.
SPECIAL SUNDERLAND PAGES
Three slideshows, about the historical 'upriver' staiths of Washington, about the River Wear at Washington thru the year, and pictures of Washington, past and present - all the work of Keith Cockerill. And now more material also.
A page with interesting images of Sunderland trams & of related subjects. It is fast becoming a quite comprehensive page.
More images of Sunderland trams & of related subjects. A continuation of page 201.
A page with some interesting paper items related to Sunderland. Just a start on a page.
Literature related to bus & tram transport in Sunderland. A start on a page.
A few 'Sunderland AFC' team photos - just about enough to start a page.
A start on a page about Vaux Breweries. But help is needed!
A page in progress about the paddle tug Eppleton Hall.
How 'Recollections of Southwick', a manuscript written, at or about 1893, by Luke Crown, was featured in 'A and P News', the employee journal of Austin & Pickersgill Limited.
A page about companies which supplied the shipbuilding companies. Just a few so far including - 'Craven & Speeding Brothers' re hemp & wire ropes, 'Hutchinson & Jackson' re nautical instruments, 'The Sunderland Forge and Engineering Company Ltd.' re electrical gear of all sorts, & 'M. Waun' re propellers. Just a start on a page - there were many such companies.
A page solely devoted to 'W. L. Byers & Co. Ltd.', re anchors.
A start on a page devoted to 'William H. (Henry) Jolly' & successors who, based in Hylton, provided bus services ('Travel the Jolly Way') for over 70 years.
Just a start on a page of images, either provided to the site by Ray Hutcheon or taken by him.
Ottercaps & Emma, lost with all hands in 1903 & 1893 respectively - articles by Meg Hartford.
Not in any way related to Sunderland, there are also pages available on many other subjects.
Special Pages Index
AN INDEX TO PAGES QUITE UNRELATED TO SUNDERLAND - pages on a great many different subjects.
And, if you want to make a comment? A site guestbook is here.
A 'thank you list', to acknowledge those who have helped this site advance, can be found at the bottom of page 040.
These now extensive Sunderland pages were commenced as a result of the webmaster enjoying a dramatic etching of the River Wear railway bridge of 1879, an etching created by artist Thomas M. M. Hemy. Thomas M. M. Hemy datapages 01, 02 & 03 are now on site. Plus all of the other 'Hemy' image pages, accessible though the index on page 05.
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