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: Thorburn & Grant, North Shields (1848 - 1854)

Shipbuilder: Thorburn & Alman, North Shields (1856 - 1856)

Shipbuilder: William Thorburn, North Shields (1857 - 1864)

William Thoburn & John Grant are thought to have had a shipyard at Coble Dene, North Shields. There are also records for Thorburn & Alman and Thorburn on his own. Thomas Grant is also mentioned in some records, as is a spelling as Thoburn.

The following tugs were built by the various Thoburn companies:

Year Ship Name D / H / P Builder
1848 Economy D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1848 Tom Bowline D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1851 Conqueror D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1851 Imperial D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1852 Queen of Sheba D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1852 Robert Bruce D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1853 Belmont D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1853 Halls D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1853 Honor D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1853 Saint Clair D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1854 Briton D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1854 Fury D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1854 Hecla D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1854 Mitchells D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1854 Sir William Wallace D / H Thorburn & Grant, North Shields
1856 Red Lion D / H Thorburn & Alman, North Shields
1857 Blue Bonnet D / H W Thorburn, North Shields
1857 Earl Percy D / H W Thorburn, North Shields
1858 Life Guard D / H W Thorburn, North Shields
1863 Friend of All Nations D / H W Thorburn, North Shields
1864 Garibaldi D / H W Thorburn, North Shields
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