Icons of England
  • Introduction
  • The Icons
  • Nominations
  • News
  • Learn & Play
  • Your Comments

Swan Hunter shipbuilders

Swan Hunter shipbuilders

Is this an icon?

or

Swan Hunter shipbuilders

Swan Hunter, based in Wallsend on Tyne near Newcastle upon Tyne, was one of the most famous names in British shipbuilding during the 19th and 20th centuries. The renowned company, formerly known as "Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson". Many famous ships have been launched down the Swan Hunter slipways into the River Tyne including most famously, the RMS Mauretania which held the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic, and the RMS Carpathia which rescued the survivors from the RMS Titanic. Today's HMS Ark Royal and HMS Illustrious aircraft carriers serving in the Royal Navy were also built at Swan Hunter. The last ocean liner built in Britain, the Vistafjord (for Norwegian America Line in 1972) was also built here. Sadly in 2006 it built its final ship the RFA Lyme Bay. After this the yard closed and now faces an uncertain future. A sad end to a world famous British shipbuilder. Although the company is gone, it is still worth remembering this legendary shipbuilder as an Icon of England. It deserves it.

Alex Naughton

NOMINATION 68 OF 1170

Nominate

Nominate

I believe rice, peas and jerk chicken is an Icon of England.

Ade Adeluwoye

Nominate