REVEALED: The exciting new tourist attraction that could be coming to Blyth!

REVEALED: The exciting new tourist attraction that could be coming to Blyth! at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland
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stu - Reporter at South Beach Radio
Written 5 months ago by Stu Andrews

Today, Blyth MP Ian Levy met with Martin Lawlor, CEO of The Port of Blyth.

The meeting took place at the beautiful and historic Commissioners Building, where it was revealed that Martin and his team are considering opening a Maritime Museum in Blyth.

Shipbuilding and The History of Blyth

Shipbuilding and The History of Blyth at South Beach Radio - News & Views for Blyth, Northumberland
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Shipbuilding goes hand-in-hand with the history of Blyth

Shipbuilding began on the site on the south bank of the River Blyth in 1811. In the 1840s the yard was purchased by Beaumont and Drummond. In 1863 the yard was taken over by Hodgson and Soulsby who repaired and built small wooden sailing ships.

In 1880 the first two iron ships were built at Blyth for the Russian Government.

On 2 March 1883 the Blyth Shipbuilding & Dry Docks Company Ltd. was registered. It built cargo liners, tramp steamers and colliers. The fifth ship built at the yard was for the shipping company Stephens and Mawson of Newcastle.

A Welcome Addition to Blyth's Tourist Attractions

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Early public support is overwhelming: Local Martin Hagman is born and bred in Blyth and strongly welcomes the potential new tourist attraction:
 
"The commissioners building would be fantastic. We have a vast history and various history groups would probably like to get involved. Well done to all concerned.
 
And those local history groups are already on the case, including resident John Newberry who can offer up exclusive memorabilia:
 
"This is a great idea! I have the original boat drawings from 1949 for the harbour ferry and will happily donate."

A Boost to Tourism in Blyth

If developed, the Museum would join Blyth's other popular tourist attractions, including Blyth Battery, Ridley Park, The Phoenix Theatre and the beachfront facilities.

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