TYNE TUGS AND TUG BUILDERS
A history of Tyne Tugs, their builders and owners
Above: Select the required Tug Owner by using the initial letter of the Owner's Name eg: Batey, Lawson or Tyne.
KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D = basic dimensions are shown; H = a history is given; P = one or more photographs are available)
Tug Owner: Axel Andersen, North Shields
Axel Harold Andersen
Axel Harold Andersen was born in Denmark in 1878 and his family came to Tyneside in the following year.
It is believed that he formed a tug company in 1899.
In 1937 he sold the business including one tug to The 'Ridley' Steam Tug Co and became an employee of the Ridley company himself.
Paul Hood and David Asprey have carried out some research to establish whether his surname was spelt Anderson or Andersen.
Both versions of the name were present in local records and in official records such as Mercantile Navy List (MNL).
However the Andersen spelling seems to predominate.
1901: The Census has an Axel Andersen, Mariner, Age 33, Living at 22 Front Street (probably Tynemouth). Country of Origin, Norway (rather than Denmark as stated in John Proud's book. See Sources section).
1914: A local directory has Axel Harold Andersen living at 6 Cleveland Terrace, North Shields
1928: Mercantile Navy List has Axel H Anderson at 9 Spring Terrace, North Shields.
Undated: Axel H Andersen, Tug Owner, of 45 Hotspur Street, which is just off Front Street Tynemouth.
There is a Death notice for Axel Harold Andersen in 1959, aged 80.