The Industrial North East

This photograph was taken on 17 April 1969 at the Doxford shipyard below the Queen Alexandra Bridge at Pallion in Sunderland. Four of their Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn crane tank engines can be seen; these were used to move materials from the reception areas to the slipways where ships were constructed. The remaining engines were retired in 1971 with all four – Roker, Hendon, Southwick and Millfield – surviving into preservation.

The last ship built at Pallion was floated out of the yard in 1989 after which it closed.

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