Commissioning Body – British Shipbuilders
The Smith’s Dock work arose with the announcement of the closure of the yard by British Shipbuilders in May 1986. Ian Macdonald and Len Tabner were already working together on a book about the river Tees estuary, which was eventually published in 1989. Smith’s Dock was a major part of life on the industrial river and would have been part of a larger picture of the river scape
Closure fast forwarded this process and with a commission from British Shipbuilders and funding help from N.A. work began in August 1986 and continued up to the last days and beyond in November 1987.