If you had a relation who worked in the Sunderland shipyards, you should pop down to Keel Square to see if your relative’s photograph has been included in the new sculpture.
There are dozens of pictures of people who worked in the shipyards engraved in the glass of the sculpture.
Stephen Broadbent, a sculptor and public artist, who lives in Chester, designed the sculpture which represents a ship’s propeller.
The glass was made by local firm Romag and the outer metal wheel was manufactured by Chris Brammall, of Ulverston.
The designer of the sculpture, Stephen Broadbent, told me that when you build a ship you start with the keel.
The distance from the point of the new sculpture to the nearest edge of the river is equal to the length of the longest ship built on the River Wear.