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Red Sea Shipwrecks with Northeast Origins

shipwreck record

The rivers Tyne and Wearhave been the cradle of shipbuilding in the northeast of England for centuries past. Wooden ships to iron, sail to steam and turbine propulsion have combined to produce a rich and accomplished heritage.

Original documents such as drawings and ships’ particulars record, in careful detail, the construction of these mighty vessels. From the drawing offices of shipbuilders’ yards to the specialised crafts of shipwrights and engineers, new ships were conceived, constructed and launched to a world wide audience.

Sadly, after all the hard work that went into building ships, some of them met untimely ends. Peter Collings, Underwater Photo Journalist has recorded some shipwrecks in the Red Sea, which he researched and found to have northeast origins. Beautiful coral and marine life now adorns broken and rusted hulls in this Red Sea graveyard.

This exhibition combines the underwater photography of Peter Collings

with original archive documents held at Tyne & Wear Archives Service

Featured ships include:

  • Thistlegorm built by Wearside shipbuilders JL Thompson in 1940
  • Turbo built by Wearside shipbuilders Laing in 1912
  • Dunraven built by Tyneside shipbuilders C Mitchell & Co in 1873

Tyne & Wear Archives Service would like to thank Peter Collings and Sarah Noble, (TWAS volunteer) for their time and effort in making this exhibition possible.

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