The 'Ridley' Steam Tug Co Ltd 1920 to 1955
Ridley Tugs Ltd 1955 to 1978
Wear Tugs Ltd 1978 to 1989
To be completed
The following tugs were owned or operated by the Ridley Tugs companies:
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.