RMS Mauretania in Canada Dock in 1909.

Constructed by Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson on the Tyne in 1907, Mauretania was up until the Olympic was completed in 1911, the largest ship in the world and held the record for the fastest Trans-Atlantic crossing for 29 years.

The gentleman seen wearing uniform is Mauretania’s first Chief Engineer John Currie.

Thanks goes to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums for the free uses of this image with accordance to the Commons.


Hyundai Heavy Industries

Employees work on a ship under construction in the dry dock at the Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea.

Hyundai Heavy Industries is the largest shipbuilding company in the world. They employ 26,000 people in production, including research & development and administration. 

Photographer SeongJoon Cho visited their 1,500-acre shipyard in Ulsan, South Korea, which stretches over four kilometers, according to the company’s website. Their products range from container ships to bulk carriers, submarines and destroyers.

Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

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IJN Hatsuse steaming through the open swing bridge, at Newcastle Upon Tyne. Around 1899-1901.

Built at the Armstrong-Whitworth, Elswick Works.

Hatsuse was a Shikishima Class Battleship and her story began immediately after completion in 1901. When sailing for Japan she was to represent the Meji Emperor, at the funeral of Queen Victoria.

Hatsuse was not to wait long before seeing battle, for just three years after her completion, began the Russo-Japanese War. At the Battle of Port Arthur Hatsuse was to take two direct hits, loosing seven crew and seventeen injured.

It was on May the 14th, 1904 that disaster would strike the Hatsuse. For acting as flagship, with Admiral Nashiba aboard, Hastsuse along with the Yashima (posted earlier) and several smaller ships, made for Port Arthur to relieve a Japanese blockading force. But Hatsuse hit first, one mine, which disabled her steering, to which Yashima responded and subsequently struck a mine. The Hatsuse then drifted into a second mine igniting a magazine, killing 496 crew and sinking the ship. The Captain of the Hatsuse and the Admiral and 334 crew were however saved by the Tatsuta and Kasagi, who came to their aid.


Shell launches largest vessel ever to float: It’s 93 metres high and half a kilometre long

Royal Dutch Shell says it has completed building the hull of the world’s largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.

Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as “Prelude,” was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built.

With a bow and stern half a kilometre apart, four football pitches would fit on the vessel’s deck were it not for a clutter of kit towering up to 93 metres high that will take in the equivalent of 110,000 barrels of oil per day in natural gas and cool it into liquefied natural gas for transport and sale in Asia. It will float above gas fields.

Shell says it can remain in place through a category 5 cyclone.

Construction began last year, three years after the project was announced. Gas production is slated to begin in 2017. (Photo: Seokyong Lee/ Royal Dutch ShellShell)

IJN Battleship Yashima

Seen steaming past the swing bridge at Newcastle Upon Tyne in 1896, after being constructed and fitted out by Armstrong-Whitworth at their Elswick site.

Yashima went on to see action during the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905 where it took part in the Battle of Port Arthur in May of 1904. It was to strike a mine on the 15th of May and sank whilst under tow and after the crew had disembarked.


ca. 1917-18, photographs of the construction sites, slipways, and workers at Hog Island in Philadelphia. acc. no. 1988.014

Located along the Delaware River and once housing over fifty slipways, Hog Island was the world’s largest shipyard during the First World War. These pictures are a testament to the incredible work that went into these unbelievably immense projects at Hog Island.

From the collections at the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library at the Independence Seaport Museum.

(1899) The Isle of Dogs

The urbanisation of the Isle of Dogs took place in the 19th century following the construction of the West India Docks, which opened in 1802. This heralded the area’s most successful period, when it became an important centre for trade. The East India Docks were subsequently opened in 1806, followed by Millwall Dock in 1868.

The three dock systems were unified in 1909 when the Port of London Authority took control of the docks.