I've bought a book called Tyneside in the 2nd World War. Written by a local man. There were a few shipyards along the Tyne, and I was surprised to see that many of the workers were women and teenage boys. Welding riveting caulking etc. I haven't finished reading it yet, but I believe the Tyne shipyards kept going throughout the war, repairing and building ships. In spite of the very heavy bombing in the area. One of my uncles was an engineer at one of the yards, can't remember which one, not Swan Hunters. I wonder if the young lads were volunteers, or conscripts?