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William Purdy

Very little is known about this tug company.

When the fishing fleet was composed entirely of sailed powered boats, it was the custom to hire tugs to take them in and out of the river.

In November, 1877, North Shields tug-owner, William Purdy, fitted trawl gear to the paddle tug MESSENGER. He came to be acknowledged locally as the first to introduce steam trawling on the Tyne. His fleet of steam trawlers, which lasted into the 1960s, included a boat named after himself.

The following tugs were owned or operated:

Name Year
Defiance 1854
Messenger 1843
Netherton (P) 1838

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