The North East was one of the great shipbuilding centres for the world with hundreds of shipyards on the Tyne, in Sunderland and Hartlepool. The prowess of North East shipbuilders secured 40% of the world market in 1893 and even in the 1950s more than 20% of the ships in the world were built in the North East. Famous examples include the Turbinia of 1894, the first ship to be powered by steam turbine and RMS Mauretania – which held the Blue Riband for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic for over 20 years. Shipbuilding may be largely a memory now, but the area continues to innovate in maritime technology even today.
Map of the Newcastle upon Tyne Electric Supply Co Ltd (NESCo) and The County of Durham Electrical Power Distribution Co Ltd electric power distribution network, about 1907
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