ANYONE been in Belgium recently?
Didn’t spot an old Tyne ferry by any chance, did you?
This goes back to the pictures I featured last week of the old Tyne vehicular ferry Northumbrian, after she’d been converted to a floating restaurant up river at Friar’s Goose.
The old girl had sailed between South Shields and North Shields for 42 years, until being withdrawn from service in 1972.
She was subsequently bought by a consortium and converted at Tyne Dock into a restaurant and bar.
Well, the postscript to those photographs is that she didn’t survive as a nightspot for long.
By early 1976, she had gone out of business having proved unprofitable.
Captain Frank McNulty, who headed the consortium, blamed staffing problems and difficulties for people in reaching Friar’s Goose.
The ferry was afterwards put up for sale, and apparently there was a lot of interest in her from potential buyers around the country, but it’s at that point that I lose track of her.
But an ex-tugboatman friend thinks that she may have finally ended up being towed to Antwerp in Belgium.
I’ve not been able to confirm that.
Might someone out there know where she ultimately ended up?