TYNE TUGS AND TUG BUILDERS
A history of Tyne Tugs, their builders and owners

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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: John & James Ridley, Bill Quay

Tug Owner: Joseph Ridley, Newcastle

Tug Owner: The Ridley Steam Tug Co Ltd, Newcastle

Tug Owner: Ridley Tugs Ltd, Newcastle

Tug Owner: Wear Tugs Ltd, Newcastle

See John H Proud's book "150 Years of the Maltese Cross" for further details.

The following tugs were owned or operated:

Tug Name Year D / H / P
Battleaxe 1911 D / H / P
Favourite 1860 D / H
Granville 1876 D / H / P
Haakon 1874 D / H / P
Hardback 1901 D / H / P
Harmony 1847 D / H
Imperial Prince 1858 D / H
Impetus 1954 D / H / P
Isaac Wilson 1889 D / H / P
King Edward VII 1901 D / H / P
Marty 1906 D / H / P
Maximus 1956 D / H / P
Mildred 1893 D / H / P
Mildred II 1902 D / H / P
Momentum 1922 D / H / P
Monty 1925 D / H / P
Oscar 1876 D / H / P
Overgarth 1907 D / H / P
Premier 1894 D / H / P
Rapid 1864 D / H
Reliant 1907 D / H / P
Scalpa 1881 D / H
Spray 1862 D / H
Trover 1920 D / H
William Fallows 1889 D / H / P
Wonder 1848 D / H
Wonder 1921 D / H / P
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02/03/2010: Mike Newby sent in some photos and the following information: My Father John Newby was skipper of the MARTY then the IMPETUS. That’s my Dad bless him on the bridge in the second MARTY picture taken off Mill Dam. My Grandfather Septimus Newby started work on the RELIANT, then BATTLEAXE and MARTY. Both of the above worked together on the Lawson Batey’s tug HOMER during the war when she was sent to Scapa Flow. My Great Great Grandfather worked on many of the early Tyne tugs and was skipper on the CONQUEROR. I knew Boswell Whitaker for years who was the manager of Ridleys a great knowledgeable man and a lot of the tug men including Hector Stuart when he was skipper of the George V.