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River Tyne Super Tankers


Esso Northumbria

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Esso Northumbria was launched from Wallsend on May the 2nd 1969. She was first in a succession of giant supertankers (253,000 tons) to be built at Swan Hunter's. On the 8th February 1970 she was guided by a fleet of tugs slowly down the Tyne. Watched by thousands on both banks. The launching ceremony was performed by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.


Meanwhile her sister ship Esso Hibernia was nearing completion. She was launched on Monday 6th April, 1970.




Rivers, Ships & Shipbuilding
Esso Northumbria, Esso Hibernia and more. Plenty information and photos taken from around the River Tyne. Also a good selection of aerial photography around North East England, interesting web site!
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TECHNICAL CHANGE AND THE SHIP DRAUGHTSMAN
By Colin Tipping

The history and work of the Ship Draughtsman, also the introduction of computers for ship design.

Esso Northumbria and Esso Hibernia had final inspections in dry dock in Portugal. As they were 1,100 feet long, they would be "too big ever to return to the Tyne".
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