Name: NER NO 1
Launched: 18/06/1909
Completed: 08/1909
Builder: Cox & Co (Engineers) Ltd, Falmouth
Yard Number: 132
Dimensions: 174grt, 0nrt, 75.2 x 26.2 x 11.9ft
Engines: 2 x C2cyl (19 & 40 x 27ins), 154nhp
Engines By: Cox & Co (Engineers) Ltd, Falmouth
Propulsion: 2 x Screws
Construction: Steel
Reg Number: 119909
08/1909 North Eastern Railway Co, South Shields
1922 London & North Eastern Railway Co
1937 Tyne Improvement Commissioners; renamed TIC TUG NO 1
1960 Broken up
Comments: 6/1917 to 22/11/1919 on War Office service at Le Havre.
Managed by C Rowbotham & Son
1960: Broken up by JJ King & Co, Gateshead

     Above photo as NER NO 1 courtesy of Kevin Blair

     Above photo as TIC TUG NO 1 note modified main deck to bridge access

Robert Forster got in touch on the 26/05/2010 to say:

"My late father, Bobby Forster was a Tugmaster on the TIC tugs.
He started in Tyne Dock in about 1936 as a dock messenger then joined the tugs as the 'lad'
In the group photo on your website of the TIC tug at Tyne Dock of that era Dad is , I think five from the right -- it looks just like him as a fifteen year old.
When war broke out he joined the Royal Engineers and spent the conflict in the Middle East running river traffic.
On return to South Shields after the war, Dad was made up to Tugmaster.
I still have one of his super quality 4 brass buttoned naval jackets with the words 'Tugmaster' on the lapels.
When the TIC retired the tugs in the late 50's as trade fell off Dad became a lockmaster on the lock-gates until he passed on in 1981.
I shall never forget the wonderful times that I spent as a boy at Tyne Dock, either on the tugs or on the lock gates.
My Dad, Bobby Forster was a true man of the Tyne."

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