These are just some of the amazing facts regarding our maritime heritage.  Sunderland has a long and proud history of ship and boatbuilding on the River Wear.


We have split shipbuilding into four areas

  • Shipyards

  • Boatbuilding

  • Wooden & composite ships

  • Iron & steel ships


Here you will find information about Sunderland's many shipyards.


Find out about Sunderland's boatbuilding heritage.

Wooden & Composite Ships

Sunderland built some of the fastest and most beautiful sailing ships ever to grace the seas.  Find out more about them here.

Iron & Steel Ships

The shipyard workers of Sunderland produced a tremendous variety of steel ships for use around the world.  Read about some of the types of ships built here.

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We would like to sincerely thank Mr Peter Searl of the "The Sunderland Site" who has kindly gave his permission to use the fantastic information he has collected.  The content of the above sections would not have been possible without his contribution.


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