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

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KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D = basic dimensions are shown; H = a history is given; P = one or more photographs are available)

Shipbuilder: T Mitchison Ltd, Friars Goose, Gateshead

T Mitchison's small shiprepair yard was on the southern bank of the Tyne at Friar's Goose, Gateshead. In the 1830s this site was occupied by a wooden shipbuilding yard, later becoming a repair facility known as Anderson's Slipway. Mitchison bought the yard in 1919. Their first ship was the GREYFRIARS which was partially built by J & D Morris at Pelaw Main, until that yard went into liquidation in 1923.

T Mitchison occupied the yard until 1955 mainly as a shiprepairer for small craft such as tugs. They had a slipway for vessels up to 230ft in length and a repairing quay.

In 1955 the yard was taken over by the London based firm of James Burness & Sons and recommenced shipbuilding. The GREYFRIARS of 1923 had been Morris' yard number 71 and Mitchisons decided to carry on with this sequence. They then built a number of small craft including fishing vessels and tugs. At this time the yard had 5 slips of up to 300 ft in length.

Following financial difficulties, the yard closed in 1964.


Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
72 1955 Kamaran D / H / P
73 1955 Unknown D / H
75 1956 Arthur D / H / P
77 1956 Varco D / H / P
78 1956 Qatif 7 D / H / P
79 1956 Qatif 8 D / H
83 1958 Sirius Cove D / H / P
84 1958 Wooree D / H / P
87 1959 Cashel D / H / P
88 1959 Clonmel D / H / P
89 1959 Orkan D / H / P
91 1959 William Lamey D / H / P
96 1960 Island Mariner D / H / P
526 1962 Cultra D / H / P
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