Memento of When the Boats Went out; Visitor Book Signed by VIPs at More Than 170 Launches at Tyne Shipyard Is Sold
Byline: Tony Henderson
APIECE of history from the North East's famous shipyards has been rescued and preserved for future generations.
For more than 50 years and over 170 ship launches, a host of VIPS signed this shipyard's visitors' book.
But when Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson's Neptune Yard on the Tyne closed, the leather book ended up in rubbish skip.
It was retrieved by a man who sold it to former merchant seaman Trevor Ashman, from Warkworth in Northumberland.
Mr Ashman put the book up for sale at Boldon Auction Galleries in South Tyneside, and it has now been bought for pounds 310 by Tyne Wear Archives and Museums.
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Publication information: Article title: Memento of When the Boats Went out; Visitor Book Signed by VIPs at More Than 170 Launches at Tyne Shipyard Is Sold. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Journal (Newcastle, England). Publication date: September 28, 2011. Page number: 3. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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