This large model of an SD14 was built by and sailed on Roker Park pond by Fleetwood Model Boat Club.
The ‘SD14’ was a standard design cargo ship, built in large numbers, to replace some of the hundreds of wartime general cargo carriers that were still trading in the mid-1960s. Around thirty proposals by shipbuilders were put forward in 1966 and Sunderland's Austin & Pickerskill’s straightforward design was selected.
The first of these ‘liberty-replacement’ ships was delivered in 1967. Nick-named ‘Plain Janes’, ‘SD14s’ quickly established themselves as workhorses of the oceans, as they plied between the ports of the world, and have become much-admired by shipowners and held in great affection by many ship enthusiasts.
Some of the boats built and sailed by club members
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