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KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D means basic dimensions are shown; H means a history is given; P means one or more photographs are available)


Shipbuilder: Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd, High Walker (1928 - 1956)

Shipbuilder: Vickers-Armstrongs (Shipbuilders) Ltd, High Walker (1956 - 1965)

Shipbuilder: Vickers Ltd, High Walker (1965 - 1968)

The above aerial photo shows the High Walker yard in about 1935.

The Walker yard had been shut for almost three years between April 1928 (after Armstrongs merger with Vickers) and March 1930 when the yard was prepared for the construction of the Monarch of Bermuda. The Walker yard tended to be regarded in the new company as secondary to the yard at Barrow which was kept in work permanently if possible. Consequently Walker closed again from November 1931 until May 1934 when it was prepared for the laying of the keel of the HMS Newcastle. It is probably the first plates of HMS Newcastle that can be seen in the photo. The Walker yard was suitable for the construction of large ships, up to 1100 feet in length and therefore it was this type of work which tended to be carried out there. By the end of the 1930s orders were picking up again with conflict in Europe looming and rearmament under way.

In the post war period, Vickers embarked on a modernisation programme at their Newcastle yard in order to prepare for prospective work on passenger and cargo vessels. The Walker yard formed part of the merger deal made by Vickers with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in 1968 when a new company, Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders Ltd came into being. The 18 percent share holding that Vickers had in this group was sold at the end of 1969 and with it control of the Walker Yard passed to the Swan Hunter Group.

The following ships were built at the High Walker Yard:

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1 1931 Monarch of Bermuda D / H / P
2 1937 Newcastle D / H / P
3 1936 Hero D / H / P
4 1936 Hereward D / H / P
5 1937 Sheffield D / H / P
6 1938 Afridi D / H / P
7 1938 Cossack D / H / P
8 1938 Eskimo D / H / P
9 1939 Mashona D / H / P
10 1940 King George V D / H / P
11 1941 Victorious D / H / P
12 1940 Nigeria D / H / P
14 1940 Eglinton D / H / P
15 1940 Exmoor D / H
16 1945 Lion Cancelled
17 1943 Uganda D / H / P
18 1941 Marne D / H / P
19 1942 Martin D / H / P
20 1941 Liddesdale D / H / P
21 1941 Oakley D / H / P
22 1942 Penn D / H / P
23 1942 Petard D / H / P
24 1942 Porcupine D / H / P
25 1941 Hurworth D / H / P
26 1942 Middleton D / H / P
27 1942 Iroquois D / H / P
28 1943 Athabaskan D / H / P
29 1940 M L C 59 D / H
29 1940 M L C 60 D / H
29 1940 M L C 61 D / H
29 1940 M L C 62 D / H
29 1940 M L C 63 D / H
29 1940 M L C 64 D / H
29 1940 M L C 65 D / H
29 1940 M L C 66 D / H
30 1942 Bleasdale D / H / P
31 1940 L C T 3 D / H
32 1940 L C T 4 D / H
33 1942 Hatherleigh D / H / P
34 1942 Haydon D / H / P
35 1941 L C T 21 D / H
36 1941 L C T 22 D / H
37 1941 L C T 108 D / H
38 1941 L C T 109 D / H
39 1941 L C T 110 D / H
40 1943 Huron D / H / P
41 1943 Haida D / H / P
42 1943 Abercrombie D / H / P
43 1944 Swiftsure D / H / P
44 1942 P 55 D / H
45 1943 Usurper D / H / P
46 1943 Universal D / H
47 1943 Untamed D / H / P
48 1943 Untiring D / H / P
49 1943 Varangian D / H
50 1943 Uther D / H
51 1943 Unswerving D / H / P
52 1946 Bellerophon Cancelled
53 1944 Myngs D / H / P
54 1944 Zephyr D / H / P
55 1944 Colossus D / H / P
56 1945 Perseus D / H / P
57 1944 Vivid D / H
58 1944 Voracious D / H / P
59 1944 Vulpine D / H
60 1944 Varne D / H
61 1946 Hercules D / H / P
62 1943 Leviathan Transferred
63 1945 Cossack D / H / P
64 1945 Constance D / H / P
65 1944 Virulent D / H
66 1944 Volatile D / H
67 1944 Votary D / H / P
68 1945 Vagabond D / H
69 1944 Verve Cancelled
70 1944 Vantage Cancelled
71 1944 Vehement Cancelled
72 1944 Venom Cancelled
73 1945 Eagle Cancelled
74 1947 Aisne D / H / P
75 1945 Albuera D / H
76 1945 Admirable Cancelled
77 1945 Asperity Cancelled
78 1945 Austere Cancelled
79 1945 Awake Cancelled
80 1945 Aztec Cancelled
81 1945 Adversary Cancelled
82 1945 Gibraltar Cancelled
83 1944 L C T 7090 D / H
84 1944 L C T 7091 D / H
85 1944 L C T 7092 D / H
86 1944 L C T 7093 D / H
87 1944 L C T 7094 D / H
88 1944 L C T 7095 D / H
89 1945 L S T 3001 D / H / P
90 1945 L S T 3002 D / H
91 1945 L S T 3003 D / H / P
92 1950 Rio Tejo D / H
93 1945 L S T 3005 Cancelled
94 1946 Empire Athelstan D / H / P
95 1947 Beljeanne D / H / P
96 1945 Dundee Caisson
97 1947 City of New York D / H / P
98 1947 City of Hull D / H / P
99 1945 Decoy Cancelled
100 1945 Delight Cancelled
101 1947 Nova Scotia D / H / P
102 1948 Newfoundland D / H / P
103 1948 Surat D / H / P
104 1949 Shillong D / H / P
105 1948 Hurunui D / H / P
106 1948 Hertford D / H / P
107 1949 Autolycus D / H / P
108 1949 Automedon D / H / P
109 1949 Rangitoto D / H / P
110 1950 Patroclus D / H / P
111 1950 Perseus D / H / P
112 1949 Laertes D / H / P
113 1950 City of Chicago D / H / P
114 1950 City of Ottawa D / H / P
115 1950 Cingalese Prince D / H / P
116 1950 Eastern Prince D / H / P
117 1951 Credo D / H / P
118 1951 Majorian D / H / P
119 1951 Ocean Monarch D / H / P
120 1952 City of Port Elizabeth D / H / P
121 1953 City of Exeter D / H / P
122 1953 City of York D / H / P
123 1954 City of Durban D / H / P
124 1951 Pacific Reliance D / H / P
125 1951 Atreus D / H / P
126 1952 Alcinous D / H / P
127 1952 Saxonglade D / H / P
128 1952 Saxondale D / H / P
129 1953 Saxonglen D / H
130 1953 Saxonmead D / H / P
131 1952 Greenwell Dock Gate
132 1953 World Enterprise D / H / P
133 1953 Laomedon D / H / P
134 1953 Adrastus D / H / P
135 1954 World Harmony D / H / P
136 1955 Esso York D / H / P
137 1955 Esso Exeter D / H / P
138 1954 Lycaon D / H / P
139 1953 Maori D / H / P
140 1954 Pacific Northwest D / H / P
141 1957 Alvenus D / H / P
142 1957 Scarborough D / H / P
143 1958 Eastbourne D / H / P
144 1955 Curro D / H / P
145 1956 City of Ripon D / H / P
146 1958 City of Auckland D / H / P
147 1955 Demodocus D / H / P
148 1956 Hinnites D / H / P
150 1958 Canto D / H / P
151 1954 Canopic D / H / P
152 1957 Antenor D / H / P
153 1957 Achilles D / H / P
154 1958 Ajax D / H / P
155 1957 Empress of England D / H / P
156 1960 Beas D / H / P
157 1958 Pacific Envoy D / H / P
158 1958 Pacific Stronghold D / H / P
159 1958 Esso Durham D / H / P
160 1959 Esso Portsmouth D / H / P
161 1961 Serenia D / H / P
163 1960 Betwa D / H / P
164 1960 Illyric D / H / P
165 1963 Penelope D / H / P
166 1959 Memnon D / H / P
167 1960 Melampus D / H / P
168 1959 Garonne D / H / P
169 1963 Esso Edinburgh D / H / P
170 1963 Esso Newcastle D / H / P
171 1961 Empress of Canada D / H / P
172 1962 City of Eastbourne D / H / P
173 1963 City of Glasgow D / H / P
175 1962 Northern Star D / H / P
176 1966 Glamorgan D / H / P
177 1965 Keta D / H / P
178 1965 Regent Pembroke D / H / P
179 1966 Minerva D / H / P
180 1965 Laurentic D / H / P
181 1964 P A S 1701
182 1965 Beaveroak D / H / P
183 1966 Aranui D / H / P
184 1966 Priam D / H / P
185 1967 Peisander D / H / P
186 1967 Prometheus D / H / P
187 1967 Protesilaus D / H / P
188 1967 Radnorshire D / H / P
189 1969 Bacchante D / H / P
190 1969 Rostam D / H / P
192 1968 Albright Pioneer D / H / P
193 1968 Albright Explorer D / H / P
525 1961 Palmers Dock Gate
526 1961 Esso Portsmouth - mb D / H / P
527 1962 World Glade - mb D / H / P
528 1962 World Dale - mb D / H / P
541 1968 Leith Dock Caisson
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