Tug picture encapsulates a century on the Tyne

AGES OF SAIL ... the tug NER No 1 in Tyne Dock before the First World War.
AGES OF SAIL ... the tug NER No 1 in Tyne Dock before the First World War.

THIS is a smashing photograph, which, if you were to take the extremes of date associated with it, would cover almost a century in the life of the Tyne.

It comes from Kevin Blair and is ostensibly of the tug NER No 1 in Tyne Dock.

She was built in 1909 by Cox & Co (Engineers) at Falmouth, and, as she looks to be in pristine condition here, it’s thought the picture probably dates from not long after she was surrounding delivered.

She spent the years 1917-1919 on War Office service at Le Havre, before going on to become TIC Tug No 1 in 1937.

Despite being of Edwardian vintage, she was broken up by JJ King & Co, Gateshead, only in 1960.

But just as interesting are the vessels, such as the interesting one behind her.

Says Kevin: “She’s the tug/fire engine Hutton. She was built by JP Rennoldson, South Shields in 1893 and broken up in 1925.”

To the right is the 1903 Blyth-built White Swan which would go on to be wrecked south of Yarmouth in 1916, while carrying coal.

Also in the picture is the Annandale, built at Hartlepool in 1878, which was converted into a pontoon in 1935.