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J Softley & Co.

John Softley was in partnership with John Readhead from 1865. See Readhead Softley & Co.

The partnership was dissolved in 1872 after a great trade depression and Softley continued to build two of the vessels on the existing order book for his own account.

Sofley was declared bankrupt in 1875 and his yard number 115 (not a tug) was completed by the owners.

He set up in business two years later in conjunction with his sons as J Softley & Sons, building firstly in North Shields and then at the Thrift Street yard in South Shields.


The following are lists of tugs built by the various Softley companies:

John Softley & Co, South Shields:

YdNo Year Name
1874 Admiral *
1874 Cruiser *
1874 Goole No 1 *

Softley Bros, North Shields:

1876 Alexandra *
1876 Criterion *
1876 Flying Spray *
1876 Wanderer

John Softley & Sons, North Shields:

1877 Bangkok *
1877 Seagull * (P)
1878 Premier

John Softley & Sons, South Shields:

1878 Albatross *
1878 Mentor
1879 Silach
1879 South Shields
1879 Hanlan
1879 Stella *
1879 Unknown
1880 Game Cock



The Newcastle Courant, Friday, November 13, 1874

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