|(still from film - Yorkshire Film Archive)|
The shipyard complex of William Gray could have been a key target. This was established 50 years earlier, & in some years had had the highest output of any British shipyard. An excellent short history of Grays is available on Hartlepool Then & Now.
|The first oil tanker was built on the Tyne, but Grays were close behind. The SS Murex |
was built by Grays in 1892, & was the first tanker through the Suez Canal under new regulations.
(picture - Shell)
|Hartlepool Jackson dock looking seaward showing part of Grays yards, probably post WWII|
(photo - Hartlepool Museums & Libraries)
|(map - NLS)|
During the 1930s depression Grays built paddle ferries for the Humber. One of these is preserved at the Hartlepool's town & Royal Navy Museum at Jackson Dock, the other is now a restaurant on the Thames. These paddlers were covered in a blog post on 27 July 2014.
For those with a general interest in Hartlepool history, there is a film about the town, its people, port & industry in 1951, made to celebrate 750 years since its royal charter of 1201.