One never made it down the gangway, one was toasted with beer and one was launched by the future Queen.One never made it down the gangway, one was toasted with beer and one was launched by the future Queen.
One never made it down the gangway, one was toasted with beer and one was launched by the future Queen. | se

Nine of Sunderland's most interesting ship launches - and the one which failed

The last launch at A&P and the day everyone got soaked in champagne

It’s a bygone industry but the shipyards of Sunderland left a lifetime of memories.

Here are nine of them - each showing one of the town’s most interesting ship launches.

There’s the one where half a ship was launched in 1954 and the one where a luxury yacht was toasted with beer in 1961.

And look out for the launch which didn’t happen despite huge interest in 1970.

There’s the one where half a ship was launched in 1954 and the one where a luxury yacht was toasted with beer in 1961.

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