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.

5) A site search facility.

6) Help welcomed ... If you can help with any data at all in this whole vast subject, your assistance would be most welcome.

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.

Page 040

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

Page 002

A page about the River Wear bridges in the middle of Sunderland. Their history, in words, prints, photographs & even in pottery!

Page 003

A second page about the River Wear bridges in the middle of Sunderland. And a number of Sunderland largely postcard images.

Page 004

A page about the 'other' bridges. 

Page 005

A fine history (story) about the City of Sunderland - & an index to the many 'Len Charlton' articles on site.

Page 006

Growing up in pre-WW2 Sunderland.

Page 007

Sunderland by the Sea - from a deserted coastline through two wars to an international air show

Page 008

A page respecting the River Wear ferries.

Page 009

A page about the coal mines & staiths.

Page 010

A page about Wearmouth Colliery.

Page 013

The harbour and docks of Sunderland.

Page 014

From stagecoach to Metro ... Sunderland's transport system.

Page 015

A page about Sunderland shipwrecks & groundings. A second page will soon be needed.

Page 017

A modest start on a page about Corporation Quay. Need help with the subject!

Page 018

'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.

Page 019

A page of maps of Sunderland & area. 8 maps now. Hopefully more soon.

Page 020

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.

Page 021

Jack Crawford & the Battle of Camperdown.

Page 024

A journey around Sunderland's old villages

Page 025

A start on a page about the lives & successes of folks born in Sunderland.

Page 027

The Bonnersfield & Sheepfolds areas of Monkwearmouth - an article by Meg Hartford.

Page 028

The Victoria Hall Disaster of Jun. 16, 1883. And the history of Victoria Hall.

Page 029

A second page re the Victoria Hall Disaster of Jun. 16, 1883.

Page 037

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

Page 040

An index page - to the many Sunderland shipbuilder names covered on site & the vessels that they built. And a 'thank you' list.

Page 041

A page re Austin & Pickersgill Limited & a few smaller builders.

Page 042

The 1st of 2 pages re S. P. Austin & Son.

Page 043

The 2nd of 2 pages re S. P. Austin & Son & a few smaller builders (Barker & Barkes).

Page 045

A 1st page re George Bartram & Sons.

Page 046

A 2nd page re George Bartram & Sons. And also George Booth.

Page 048

A first page re John Blumer & Co.

Page 049

A second page re John Blumer & Co. & some smaller builders, Briggs, British Shipbuilders, Byers & Candlish.

Page 050

A page re J. Crown & Sons (Strand Slipway) & Denniston.

Page 052

The 1st of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.

Page 053

The 2nd of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.

Page 054

The 3rd of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.

Page 055

The 4th of 4 pages re 'Doxford'.

Page 059

A page re Gales, Hodgson & Gardner, William Gray, T. W. Greenwell & Co. Ltd., Hardie & others.

Page 060

A page re Iliff & Mounsey, Kish, Boolds & Co. & John Knox.

Page 061

The 1st of 2 pages re Sir James Laing and Sons Limited

Page 062

The 2nd of 2 pages re Sir James Laing and Sons Limited

Page 068

A page re Leithead, Liddle & Sutcliffe, & Lightfoot

Page 069

A page re George & John Mills, Naisby, North East Shipbuilders & Osbourne, Graham & Co.

Page 071

Data re Oswald & Co., Robert Pace, Pearson, Peverall.

Page 073

A page re William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd.

Page 076

A page re Potts, Priestman, Robinson, & Shipbuilding Corporation Limited.

Page 079

The 1st of 2 pages re Short Brothers.

Page 080

The 2nd of 2 pages re Short Brothers. And also re Smurthwaite.

Page 083

A page re Sunderland Shipbuilders / Shipbuilding & Swan Hunter.

Page 087

The 1st of 2 pages re Joseph L. Thompson & Sons.

Page 088

The 2nd of 2 pages re Joseph L. Thompson & Sons.

Page 092

A page re Robert Thompson & also Wigham's, a repair facility.

Page 095

A page, re & related to William Pile, 'Watson' & Wheatley. And 'City of Adelaide'.

Page 097

A page re Sunderland built ships whose builder is unknown.

Page 100

A start upon a links page, but just a few links, so far.

Page 102

A start upon a page which explains the meaning of some nautical terms.

 

SUNDERLAND SHIPBUILDER BOOKLETS ETC.

Page 105

A page for booklets published by 'Austin' & 'Austin & Pickersgill'.

Page 106

A page for books/booklets published by 'Bartram & Sons' & related. Photos etc.

Page 107

A page for material related to 'Blumer'.

Page 108

A page for booklets published by 'Doxford'.

Page 109

A page for material related to 'Laing'.

Page 110

A page for booklets published by 'Sunderland Shipbuilders Limited'.

Page 111

A page for booklets published by 'Joseph L. Thompson & Sons'.

Page 112

A page for material related to 'Swan, Hunter, & Wigham Richardson, Ltd.'

Page 116

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

Page 117

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1780s & 1790s.

Page 118

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1800s.

Page 119

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1810s.

Page 120

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1820s.

Page 121

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1830s.

Page 122

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1840s.

Page 123

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1850s.

Page 124

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1860s.

Page 125

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1870s.

Page 126

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1880s.

Page 127

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1890s.

Page 128

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1900s.

Page 129

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1910s.

Page 130

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1920s.

Page 131

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1930s.

Page 132

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1940s.

Page 133

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1950s.

Page 134

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1960s.

Page 135

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1970s.

Page 136

A listing of vessels built in Sunderland in the 1980s & 1990s.

 

SUNDERLAND SHIPBUILDER BUILD LISTS

Page 139

Build lists re shipbuilders whose names commenced with the letter 'A', other than Austin. Only, however, Wm. Richard Abbay as the page commences.

Page 140

A 'build list' re Austin's - re years 1831 through 1962 (including Austin & Pickersgill Limited vessels which were built at Wear Dock).

Page 141

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.

Page 142

A 'build list' re 'Blumer' & a start upon a build list for Wm. Byers or Byers & Co.

Page 143

A 'build list' re 'Doxford', re years 1837 through 1990 (including successor names thru 'North East Shipbuilders Limited').

Page 144

A start on a 'build list' re 'Gales' Not complete. But advanced enough to uplink. And a build list re 'Hardie'.

Page 145

A 'build list' re 'Laings'. A very large list! From 1794 thru 1985, including successor names.

Page 146

A 'build list' re James Leithead & related, from 1827 thru 1857.

Page 147

A 'build list' re Pickersgill, 1863 thru 1961. Also successor names thru 1989.

Page 148

A 'build list' re Priestman - in business 1882 through 1933 or 1937. And just a start on lists re Pile & Potts.

Page 149

A 'build list' re John Smith.

Page 150

A page number reserved for a 'build list' re Sunderland Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. - in business 1880 through 1925

Page 151

A 'build list' re Joseph L. Thompson - re years 1838 through 1988. A large page, indeed.

 

OTHER SHIPBUILDER RELATED MATERIAL

Page 160

'A history of shipbuilding on the Wear', a paper by J. A. Marr.

 

SUNDERLAND SHIPOWNERS

Page 161

James Westoll & The Westoll Line, famous shipowners of Sunderland.

Page 162

Thomas Rose of Wear Steam Shipping Company & Robert H. Gayner, both fleet ship owners of Sunderland.

 

POTTERY RELATED PAGES

Page 172

The first of what likely will be many pages about the potteries of Sunderland.

Page 173

A second page re the potteries of the Sunderland area.

Page 175

A page for the verses on Sunderland pottery.

Page 176

A warning page - about fake Sunderland lustre plaques, often offered on eBay.

 

SPECIAL - NON-SUNDERLAND - PAGES

Page 180

Re Glenroy, built by Wm. Gray of W. Hartlepool & re Frederick J. Hunter, her Master.

Page 181

A first page about 'whaleback' ships, the forerunner of the 'Doxford' turret ship.

Page 182

A 2nd page about 'whaleback' ships, an image page.

Page 183

A start on a page about Durham Cathedral. Mainly images so far. Hopefully the cathedral's history & more images in the future.

Page 186

A place to save ship history data re ships not built at Sunderland. And data about shipwrecks. So the data is readily available for anyone who is interested.

Page 190

An advancing page, that offers literature related to the general subject of coal mining in Durham County.  

Page 191

A page about a few of the Durham collieries. Just Eppleton Colliery today. Hopefully more in due course.  

Page 194

A start on a page featuring prints that are related to coal mining in Durham County.  

 

SPECIAL SUNDERLAND PAGES

Page 200

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.

Page 201

A page with interesting images of Sunderland trams & of related subjects. It is fast becoming a quite comprehensive page.

Page 202

More images of Sunderland trams & of related subjects. A continuation of page 201.

Page 203

A page with some interesting paper items related to Sunderland. Just a start on a page.

Page 204

Literature related to bus & tram transport in Sunderland. A start on a page.

Page 206

A few 'Sunderland AFC' team photos - just about enough to start a page.

Page 207

A start on a page about Vaux Breweries. But help is needed!

Page 208

A page in progress about the paddle tug Eppleton Hall.

Page 209

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.

Page 211

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.

Page 212

A page solely devoted to 'W. L. Byers & Co. Ltd.', re anchors.

Page 213

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.

Page 215

Just a start on a page of images, either provided to the site by Ray Hutcheon or taken by him. 

Page 216

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.

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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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