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Report - William Doxford & Sons Shipyards/Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd. Sunderland Tyne & Wear December 2018


MarkusCP87

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Blast from the last and some I had archived for a while, I remember exploring this the same day as the old Simpson Street School.
One of my first Industrial explores and my first known love for Industrial.
I wish I could go back now as I didn't take it all in but unfortunately it has mostly all been demolished now.
Pics were taken on phone

History on the place.

William Doxford founded the company in 1840.From 1870 it was based in Pallion, Sunderland, on the River Wear in Northeast England. The Company was managed by William Doxford's four sons following his death in 1882. It was acquired by Northumberland Shipbuilding Company in 1918.
It was renamed Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd in 1961 and Doxford & Sunderland Ltd in 1966. Court Line took it over in 1972 and renamed it Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd.

In the 1970s a new all-weather Pallion yard was built which could build two ships of up to 30,000 tons deadweight side-by-side. The steel came in at one end, and the completed ship left from the other with engines installed and sometimes with the machinery running.

Court Line collapsed in 1974 and the company was nationalised. It was privatised in 1986 when it was merged with Austin & Pickersgill to form North East Shipbuilders. However, the last ship built at Pallion was floated out of the yard in 1989 after which it closed as a shipbuilding yard. The old shipyard is now occupied by Pallion Engineering Limited, whilst the former marine engine works is occupied by W.H.Forster (Printers) Ltd.

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dave

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Nice to see this place again the gatehouse building is looking very sorry for itself. Thanks for the update albeit a few years ago.
 

MarkusCP87

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Nice to see this place again the gatehouse building is looking very sorry for itself. Thanks for the update albeit a few years ago.
I'm sure there was a campaign against the demolition of the gate house, not sure though.
 

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