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

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Shipbuilder: Richard Stobbs (1852 - 1875)

Richard Stobbs was born in South Shields in 1826 and by 1852 had a boatyard at Coble Dene on the west side of North Shields. In censuses he is described firstly as a Master Boatbuilder and then as Steamboat Builder. He is listed as sometimes building in association with Robert Stobbs (his brother maybe?). In the 1881 census he is described as Secretary to Tyne Steam Tug Insurance Co. The land for the boatyard was taken over by the Tyne Improvement Commission in 1874 to allow them to build the Albert Edward Dock on the site of Coble Dene.

Shields Daily Gazette, Saturday, 19/09/1874

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1852 Victor D / H
1853 Chesapeake D / H
1854 Sir Charles Napier D / H
1855 Bull Dog D / H
1855 Eagle D / H
1855 Sultana D / H
1855 Vesta D / H
1856 Alliance D / H
1856 Chesapeake D / H / P
1856 Orient D / H
1856 Watt D / H
1857 Alliance D / H
1857 Bulldog D / H
1857 Turk D / H
1857 Venus D / H
1859 Echo D / H
1860 Star D / H
1860 Tubal Cain D / H
1861 Royal Charlie D / H
1862 Effort D / H
1862 Great Extended D / H
1862 Ruby D / H
1863 Renown D / H
1864 Gleaner D / H
1864 Rapid D / H
1864 Swan D / H
1865 Admiral D / H / P
1865 Cephalonia D / H
1865 Rambler D / H
1865 William D / H / P
1866 Iona D / H
1866 Tyne Dock No 2 D / H / P
1867 Bull Dog D / H / P
1867 Conquest D / H / P
1867 Sea King D / H
1869 Annandale D / H
1870 Gold Digger D / H
1870 Integrity D / H / P
1871 Fairweather D / H / P
1871 Pride o' Scotland D / H / P
1871 Robert Bruce D / H
1871 William Fenwick D / H
1872 Caledonia D / H
1872 Express D / H / P
1872 Princess D / H
1873 Charles Dickens D / H
1873 Fiery Cross D / H
1873 Hazard D / H
1873 Spring Water D / H
1873 Traveller D / H
1874 Black Prince D / H / P
1874 Michael Scott D / H
1874 Wild Rose D / H / P
1875 Lady Tredegar D / H
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