In case you haven’t already got it in your diary, can I remind you that Gary Wilkinson’s film, Shiels, which explores the links between the two harbour towns, is to be screened at the Wednesday Heritage Club at South Shields Library next week.
Also being shown will be Tom Kelly and Andrew Hagan’s film, Men of the Tyne, which was part of a Customs House creative writing and film project, based on the stories of men who worked on and around the river.
The films, which will be introduced by Tom Kelly, start at 2pm in the library theatre. Admission is £1. Contact 0191 424 7864 for information or to book tickets.
This looks downriver from Smith’s, towards North Shields ferry landing, with a diverse assortment of vessels to be seen, from one of the old wooden ferries themselves, to tugs, barges – is that even a wherry there?
There is no date for the picture, which is of what I take it is the Titan crane at work on what was, in the first half of the 20th century, the continued expansion of Smith’s until, post-war, it was boasting one of the largest dry docks in the country.
The photo was taken by photographer Jimmy Cleet, but I can place it between the wars because of the vessel that just squeezes in, in dock, on the left.
She was the tanker British Isles, which was built by Armstrong Whitworth at Low Walker in 1917.
She was eventually broken up in 1938.