We are always in need of money. Please send us some. We are all volunteers and we put in a lot of hours working on projects that will give people a chance to learn about our shipbuilding heritage. We do get funding sometimes from official sources, but this is always for a specific project, like the restoration of the Willdora that is now in progress. We still have to find money for things like rent and rates; the electric bill and the insurance.
Just click on the donation button and see how you can help.
Latest News

Gavin Purdon has asked us if we have any info on a foy boat called the 'WEAR'; owned by an M Metcalf that was in Sunderland harbour around 1915. If anyone knows anything about this boat please let us know.

The Roker Model Boat Club display was a great success. Our interest was in the 14 foot model of the SD14 San George. You can see some photos of her here

A while ago Ms Nilmini Hattokuwegama, who was then a student at Sunderland University, made a documentary about Jack Crawford. She has since gone on to bigger and better things but she has allowed us to put a link to her video onto our website. You can find the link in our
archive -> Bits and Pieces section.

Or go to it from here Jack Crawford Video

Peter Searle of Toronto has a website with a lot of info about Sunderland shipyards. I've added a link on our links page. Have a look at it.

We've started work on the restoration of the Willdora. A grant of £40,000 from the city of Sunderland has allowed us to do this.
We hope to build up a record of this work and display it on Willdora's own page:
Archive > Ships > Willdora
over the coming months.

Messages from Members

Neil Mearns has sent us some info about Sunderland's lifeboats Read it here

Ian Preston has sent us some photo's of a Sunderland built barque: the Lota Read Ian's message here

Jim Ewing tells us how nice Sunderland people are

Read Jim's message here

About Us
Our objective is to preserve artefacts, documents, pictures and the skills of the shipyard workers that contributed to a record of shipbuilding at Sunderland from 1346 until 1988 when the last shipyard closed. We think this history of shipbuilding and the ships that were built in Sunderland is worth preserving for future generations so that they may know the maritime heritage that their city is built upon. Please take the time to look at our web site and see if you agree.

Get in Touch
We're building up an archive of Sunderland's shipbuilding history, so If you have any info, stories, pictures etc. about the port or the shipyards or the engine works we would love to hear from you. Let us have a look at anything you have. If you have a website that you think might interest our members, let us know and we can link to it. Or if you know of any website with good info tell us about it. You can e-mail us here     
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