Looking back at some of the ships made or sailed by South Shields

The Fleet replenishment tanker Tidespring, going down the ways after being launched. at Hawthorn Leslie, Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn.

The Fleet replenishment tanker Tidespring, going down the ways after being launched. at Hawthorn Leslie, Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn.

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Today we’re pushing the boat out with a selection of ships.

Included are, from May 1962, we can see the Fleet replenishment tanker, Tidespring, going down the ways after being launched at Hawthorn Leslie, Shipbuilders Ltd, Hebburn.

Mrs Charles Bartlett, left, wo named the 18,000 ton tanker Denby Grange, at Hawthorn Leslies shipyard at Hebburn. She is pictured with Mrs W Warwick as they watch the ship going down the slipway.

Mrs Charles Bartlett, left, wo named the 18,000 ton tanker Denby Grange, at Hawthorn Leslies shipyard at Hebburn. She is pictured with Mrs W Warwick as they watch the ship going down the slipway.

Then there is a collage showing Mrs Charles Bartlett, left, who named the 18,000-ton tanker Denby Grange, at Hawthorn Leslies shipyard at Hebburn. Also pictured during the April 1958 launching ceremony is Mrs W Warwick.

Also there are pictures of the aircraft carrier Ark Royal as she heads past South Shields in 1985; from 1950 a family watches the Balaena, and finally a mystery ship. Can you name her?

A ship heading down the slipway.

A ship heading down the slipway.

Aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets off from Swan Hunter's Walker shipyard.

Aircraft carrier Ark Royal sets off from Swan Hunter's Walker shipyard.

The Balaena.

The Balaena.