Concrete Ship - Northern Spire Bridge - Sunderland

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Concrete Ship - Northern Spire Bridge - Sunderland

The Concrete Ship with Northern Spire Bridge in background reflecting on the River Wear Print, Sunderland.

Known as 'the Cretehawser', the ship itself was constructed by the Wear Concrete Building Company Ltd on the March 15, 1919. It came in a time in which the Government ordered 154 concrete vessels due to problems with provisions due to World War I.

The Cretehawser itself floated and towed large concrete barges filled with iron ore from Spain to Britain until 1935 - when it was took out of action and subsequently used as an emergency breakwater to prevent the Wear from bursting its banks.

However, there is some truth to the stories stating that the Cretehawser itself was bombed during World War II. In 1942, the vessel was holed in an Axis air raid, and subsequently towed up the river, where she still sits to this day.


All images are printed on Lustre paper, featuring a very natural photographic finish reminiscent of traditional photographic printing. Lustre prints are very resistant to fingerprints, scratches and scuffs and feature a semi-matt finish with minimal glare, ideal for landscape photography.

Only 9"x6" prints and framed prints come with a white mount.

All orders will be securely wrapped and will arrive in either a postal tube, book wrap or a box for added protection.

All our frames are solid wood and come with glass, please take care when opening your order. Framed examples shown are to give a sense of how your order might look and are not an exact representation.