Sunderland Maritime Heritage
Preserving shipyard skills and memorabilia for future generations.
Doxford Engine Friends Association
Working to preserve a historic Doxford marine engine and Doxford engine works’ past.
Tyne and Wear Archives Service
The public record office for Sunderland and Tyneside.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Combining art gallery and museum visitor attractions - many with a maritime theme.
City Library and Arts Centre – Local Studies
Dedicated to the collection of local information, including local and family history.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society
Devoted to the history of the local community
Marine Activities Centre
Providing top-class marina facilities and access to outdoor watersports activities for all sections of the community.
Sunderland RNLI lifeboat station
Great Britain’s oldest and one of its busiest operational lifeboat stations.
Committed to 'Total Policing', reducing crime and disorder and building trust and confidence in communities.
Emergencies – If someone is in danger or a crime is taking place, tel: 999 or 112.
Non-emergencies – to report all other crimes or incidents, or for general information and advice, tel: 03456 043 043.
UK Border Agency
The UK Border Agency is responsible for securing the United Kingdom borders and controlling migration in the United Kingdom. This is achieved by managing border control and enforcing immigration and customs regulations.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Dedicated to saving life, reducing risk, providing humanitarian services and protecting the environment.
Fire and rescue emergencies, tel: 999 or 112.
North East Ambulance Service
Providing an accident and emergency service for patients requiring emergency or urgent medical help.
Medical emergencies, tel: 999 or 112.
Offering a 24/7 national healthline telephone service, providing expert health advice, information and reassurance.
Tel: 0845 4647
Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA)
Committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety and protecting the marine environment, including the coordination of maritime search and rescue.
Local shored-based search and rescue is the responsibility of a team of volunteer Coastguard Rescue Service officers based at Monkwearmouth. Trained in a wide range of competencies, including cliff rescue, water rescue and search techniques, the unit provides 24/7 response to all types of maritime and coastal emergencies.
Maritime emergencies, tel: 999 or 112 or Marine VHF Distress, safety and calling channel 16.
Non-emergencies and enquiries: Humber Coastguard Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, tel: 012626 72317.
Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade (SVLB)
Formed in 1877, to assist in saving life from shipwreck by use of rocket apparatus and breeches buoy, Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade (SVLB) is now a declared search and rescue facility to HM Coastguard.
Affiliated to the National Coastwatch Institute (NCI), the Brigade's Coastwatch section monitors seaward approaches and littoral areas from its Roker Watch House for persons and vessels in difficulty.
Also housed at the Watch House is a fascinating museum, tracing the history of local wreck and rescue.
Protecting and improving the environment through inspection and regulation and reacting in emergencies, such as floods and pollution incidents. Responsibilities include enforcement of salmon and freshwater fisheries legislation and combating illegal dumping of hazardous and industrial waste
Incident hotline: 0800 80 70 60
North Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee
Managing, regulating, developing and protecting local sea fisheries to ensure the sustainability of the marine environment, both now and in the future.
Tel: 01482 393690
Back on the Map
The New Deal for Communities programme for Hendon and the East End of Sunderland.
Stella Maris – Apostleship of the Sea
Apostleship of the Sea is a frontline international service (known to the world as Stella Maris) for the practical and pastoral care of seafarers of all denominations visiting British shores.
Port chaplains and volunteer ship visitors welcome seafarers, offer welfare services and advice, practical help, care and friendship, according to the organisation’s guiding principles of Mission, Solidarity, Welfare and Hospitality.
As a registered charity, Apostleship of the Sea relies wholly on voluntary contributions and is only able to continue its valuable work through generous donations from supporters and volunteers.
A ‘drop-in’ centre situated at West House on the west side of Hudson Dock (opposite Hudson Dock Boating and Yachting Association) provides a range of facilities for visiting mariners.
Opening times are 0830 - 1330 (Monday to Friday) and 0830 - 1200 (Saturday).
Lay Port Chaplain
Tel: 0771 392 4504 (24 hours)