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

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Above: Select the required shipyard by using the initial letter of the Surname eg: Eltringham, Hepple or Rennoldson.
KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D means basic dimensions are shown; H means a history is given; P means one or more photographs are available)

Shipbuilder: Shields (unspecified builders) (1838 - 1856)

The Mercantile Navy Lists, which are a major source of information on ships of all types, do not record the name of the shipbuilder, only the name of the town in which the vessel was built. Other sources such as original registration details or Lloyds Register (for vessels over 100grt) must be used to confirm the actual identity of the builder. However, between 1855 and 1870 the Customs & Excise staff who were responsible for formally maintaining the various Tyneside registries, also didn't record the builder's name either just the town. So between 1855 and 1870 the builder names for vessels under 100grt are very difficult, if not impossible, to discover. Also for a period the two registers of North and South Shields were combined into a single register called Shields. Outside of these dates the exact names of the builders in the following list are as yet unidentified.
The following vessels are simply recorded against Shields.

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1838 Amazon D / H
1839 Don D / H
1841 Belmont D / H
1855 Allies
1855 Great Contest
1855 Robert Henry
1855 Willing Mind D / H
1856 Alexander
1856 Wallace
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