Shipyard cranes, Wallsend
I took this picture to record the ending of a long tradition of heavy engineering and shipbuilding on Tyneside. This is the former Swan Hunter yard in Wallsend where hundreds of shipbuilders from South Shields used to work, the cranes are now being dismantled in readiness for shipping to their new owners Bharati Shipyards in India. Swan hunter’s most famous ship was probably the RMS Mauretania built for Cunard, the HMS Ark Royal and the Esso Northumbria were also built here.
Picture taken from the Hebburn Marina and riverside park on the south bank of the River Tyne.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 220mm lens, 1/1000 second, f8, iso 200