Originally Posted by ruud
Here another shot of the Sir William Walker1954 taken at Commissioners Straith North Shields 24-06-1956
Sir William Walker holds a special place in my memories too. It was the first vessel I ever saw launched. I was 7 at the time and recall being on the Wearmouth Bridge not being able to understand why about 1/2 the town was also out that evening gawping down the river in the general direction of Austin's shipyard. I had absolutely no idea what was going on until I saw this big hulk on the riverbank move down the slip and enter the water. Looking up the records it was on 16th July 1954.