A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built

You are invited to attend the launch of VELUTINA. All photos are courtesy of John Barnet-Lamb

The invitation to the launch for John Lamb, Shell’s Chief Marine Superintendent

Note that arrival is at Carville station without changing at Newcastle

The guests await the arrival of HRH Princess Margaret. John Lamb is standing in the grey coat, left of centre

John Lamb OBE is introduced to HRH Princess Margaret

The traditional bottle is broken on the bow of VELUTINA

VELUTINA moving down the launch ways

VELUTINA's stern lifts into the River Tyne

This is the same berth that was used for the MAURETANIA in 1906

The tugs move in to take control

VELUTINA is held in the river before she is then moved to the outfitting berth at Wallsend

All of the above photos are courtesy of John Barnet-Lamb