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Ryton Marine Ltd, Wallsend: 1972 - 1974


Ryton Engineering Ltd purchased the existing boat building yard of RD Lambies at Davey Bank, Wallsend, in 1972. Ryton Marine Ltd was set up on the site with three covered berths, two of 220 feet in length and one of 280 feet. The berths were then fitted out for shipbuilding.

The yard did not survive for very long building only one ferry (FREDA CUNNINGHAM) and then two small stern trawlers. The tug FLYING FULMAR was then built for the Clyde and the last vessel was the Cowes ferry NETLEY CASTLE for Red Funnel Steamers Ltd, Southampton in 1974.

Isles of Scilly Steamship Company placed an order for a new ferry, at a cost of 750,000, to be delivered in 1974. However, in March 1973 Ryton Marine went into liquidation with 75,000 having already been paid.

This failure also put the Isles of Scilly Steamship Co into severe financial difficulties, from which they eventually recovered. Steelwork already purchased for the new ferry was used by the company to repair and maintain their existing ferry.

The FLYING FULMAR and the NETLEY CASTLE were still incomplete at the time of the failure and the liquidators arranged for the vessels to be completed. FLYING FULMAR being completed by Ryton Marine (in liquidation) and the NETLEY CASTLE by Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton.

The shipyard site was then taken over by William Brothers Offshore in 1974.

The following is a list of tugs built by Ryton Marine:

YdNo Year Name
529 1974 Flying Fulmar *

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