East Coast War Channels Family History Workshop at The Word
@ Souter LighthouseBook Now
13 September 2017
10:00 - 12:30
The East Coast War Channels stretched from the Thames to the Tyne and beyond, protecting ships carrying vital supplies during WWI. Head to The Word, South Shields, to discover the role north east communities and families played during this period.
A fierce battle was fought within sight of the South Tyneside coast throughout WWI (1914-1918), as German U-boats tried to sink cargo ships, fishing vessels and the small warships that defended them. Over a thousand boats and ships were sunk. These shipwrecks still lie on the seabed.
Learn about the impact of WWI at sea on the local area and develop new skills in archive research. The workshop will draw on various sources to re-build this largely forgotten maritime heritage of WWI.