Shipbuilding was once an imprtant industry on the River Tyne. At its peak the Tyne built 25% of the world's shipping, while at one stage the UK was the world's largest shipbuilding nation. Now sadly there is no shipbuilding at all.
Hawthorn Leslie, was a shipbuilding and locomotive manufacturer. The Company was founded on Tyneside in 1886 and ceased building ships in 1982.
Perhaps the most famous ship built by the Company was HMS Kelly launched in 1938 and commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten