Two ships Bay-class Landing Ships proved to be the final demise of Swan Hunter shipyard at Wallsend.
The RFA Largs Bay was completed, but the Lyme Bay over-ran both in cost and time
and was removed to Govan for completion by a rival yard.
Largs Bay has since been sold to Australia and renamed HMAS Choules (L100)
This picture taken in 2005 from Hebburn shows the extent of the river frontage
of the Swan Hunter shipyards.
RFA Lyme Bay (in dock) and RFA Largs Bay (afloat) were the last ships to depart the yard in July 2006
RFA Lyme Bay in dock - the last ship to be built at Swan Hunter's yard
RFA Lyme Bay on the floating dry-dock
Both ships on the river
RFA Largs Bay - returning from sea trials