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.