Flying Boats & Fellow Travellers

This site charts the history of the Sunderland Flying Boat factory that once stood on the shores of Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District, and the nearby settlement specially constructed to house the factory workers and their families, known as Calgarth Estate.

It contains historical documents and photographs of the factory and the estate and features the voices of the people who worked and lived in this remarkable community.

David Martin

Wing Commander Derek Martin

"...it was my ambition to become a flying boat pilot..."

Jeff Gill

Jeff Gill

"...there was a lot of us used to come from Kendal. There were 3,4,5 buses used to leave town hall at 7 o'clock..."

Vera George

Vera George

"...It was a very hard thing to do to go from school to a place where there were 2000 people..."