giant dock crane at Swan Hunters Shipyard from the air
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aerial photograph of giant dock crane at Swan Hunters shipyard Wallsend Tyne and Wear England UK. Swan Hunter was founded in 1852 by George Burton Hunter as a partnership with the widow of shipbuilder Charles Sheridan Swan. The Yard built some of the greatest ships of the 20th Century such as the RMS Mauretania, and HMS King George V. Even up to the 1980s the yard was active building the Invincible class carriers HMS Ark Royal HMS Illustrious. It all went wrong in the 21st Century and the yard closed in 2006 although the company survives providing engineering services. Shortly after this photograph was taken the cranes were dismantled and shipped abroad.