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Collection Policy

As well as adopting a Restoration Policy, the Trustees have recently adopted a Collection Policy. Here it is:

The Trust is always pleased to be offered items for addition to its collection. NEMT would love to be able to accept every offer but, unfortunately, the resources available are severely limited and every potential gift has to be assessed.The Trust is concerned that it must acquire and maintain its collection in a responsible manner. To ensure this the Trust has to:

1. Be sure that it can keep the items safe from theft, weather, fire.
2. Be able to protect the item for a long term of very many years.
3. Know that title (ownership) is with the Trust, or some other body or person – provided that if they retain title they guarantee and prove the item to be free from threat of destruction or damage or disposal to an insecure home.
4. Know that the item has relevance to the Trust’s core objectives which broadly relate to north east maritime heritage.
5. Know that through acquiring a particular item no future acquisitions will be threatened through space (and other resources) having been consumed by this item.
6. Be certain that the cost of acquiring and protecting an item is equitable to its importance.

In furtherance of the above the Trust will consider whether the protection given to any item offered to it, is sustainable; if not, the Trust will look at alternative options elsewhere and if none is available it may be necessary to reluctantly decline the acquisition of the item in question.

Once an item has been accepted into The Collection it must be recorded in an Acquisitions Register. Such register must record the following:

1. Name and address of donor or lender.
2. Any terms, covenants etc. applied by or through the donor or lender
3. Description.
4. Where stored.
5. Any protection and maintenance requirements.

In addition to the above, it is desirable to add an assessment of the item’s history/relevance/rarity/vulnerability/importance. It is also desirable to record any conservation/restoration undertaken.

Where we’re at – Winter 2016

Dear NEMT member,

A key part of the trust being able to take our boats onto the water for trips on the river and further afield lies, of course, with the renovation and maintenance of our existing ‘fleet’.  As you will no doubt be aware, we have three major projects underway at the trust at present – each with a variety of demands on volunteer time and expertise.
1.  The lifeboat Henry Frederick Swan under the direction of Tim West has been our main project for several years now, and is beginning the final stages of what will be a fantastic and important piece of heritage restoration.  Several of you continue to work on her on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and we are very hopeful of a launch date in 2017.
2.  Our boat-building classes are held on Monday and Thursday evenings and you may have seen progress recorded on our Facebook and Blogs.  The boarding boat ‘Cygnet’ is our first new-build and we have laid the keel and major stern pieces ready for a recently purchased Stuart Tuner engine to be fitted.
peggy16_11_13.  Finally we have taken the sailing coble ‘Peggy’ up the slipway into our boatyard for assessment and repair under the direction of Dave Parker.  She  is one of the oldest cobles still afloat and is in need of some timbers to be replaced before a complete repaint.  When finished she will again be a key asset and favourite among the public.  We intend to restore her to her previous glory, but as you can see she is in need of some urgent work.
If you are interested in working on any (or all) of these projects then please come down to the yard on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday for Henry Frederick Swan, Monday or Thursday evenings for ‘Cygnet’ and get in touch with myself or Dave Parker if you would like to help with the work on ‘Peggy’. 
For each of these projects it would be brilliant if you are a heritage boat building specialist, but if – like most of us –  you have few or no skills but an interest in learning and getting hands-on experience of a dying art, please get in touch or come down.  You’d be most welcome!

Best Regards
Jerry Dudman
Secretary NEMT

New Counter

The old site counter was no longer fit for purpose with the inclusion of the boats directory and the post steams for Cygnet and the Quarterly Newsletters so we have installed a new one. The site counter stood at 747401 when it was transferred from the old counter on 18th October 2016. It had been running for 7 years.

Jan 1st 2017 – Site: 750886; Cygnet 231;
Mar 15th 2017 – Site: 755,161; Cygnet 464; Newsletters 291;

Little Sister

A blog steam for the new build ‘Cygnet’ has been created.  This is the tender for the Henry Frederick Swan and is being built on the mezzanine in Fred’s shed.

It would be best if anyone who who wishes to be become a regular contributor to apply for a user login ID which you can do through the contact on this site or clicking on the comments/reply fields in cygnet.

Better still come along on a Monday or Thursday evening and ask for Mark.

Heritage Open Days – 2016

workshopdoorInformal guided tours of Fishermen’s Workshops and the restoration of wooden historic vessels. A great opportunity to see maritime heritage items on display.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8 September: 1000-1530
  • Friday 9 September: 1000-1530
  • Saturday 10 September: 1000-1530
  • Sunday 11 September: 1000-1530

Booking Details

No booking required


By Ferry from North Shields, Turn left at the main road after leaving the ferry landing. Pass the Alum House pub on your left. Take a left at the next roundabout and cut through the housing, keeping the river on your left. In a couple of minutes you will reach “Comical Corner” (by the Sea Cadet Headquarters) and we are 50yards on the left.

July 2007 – Newsletter

Newsletter, July 2007

John Robinson Stops the Leaks!

Roofing contractor John Robinson has done a splendid job repairing the leaking roof of the workshops – and it has not cost the Trust a penny.

He has removed loose sheeting and overlaid the felted timber roof over all of the old timber built workshop, making it secure and water tight, enabling work to go ahead underneath without hindrance. The repairs have also saved us the worry of potential rot of the roof’s timber structure, which had been at risk. Many thanks to John for his exceptional support.

newnameboardAdditional help was also given, by way of scaffolding, to enable the NEMT sign to be fitted above the work shop door. Hopefully, we can now be easily identified from the river and beyond!!



adelaidClipper “City of Adelaide”

The terrible fire that has ravaged the Cutty Sark has had at least one positive outcome – people in high places have now recognised the significance of the only other clipper of its type, City of Adelaide. Permission has already been given for the destruction of the Adelaide; they are trying to put a positive spin on it by euphemistically calling it a deconstruction.

There is a realisation that the restoration of City of Adelaide may be cheaper than that of Cutty Sark. This is not an alternative but it is putting the costs into perspective. The importance of the Wear built vessel is at last seen by a few senior people in places of influence; we still have a chance of the ship being saved. It is the ideal candidate for being the north east’s own “tall ship”

Rachel Douglas

The restored seine / ring netter Rachel Douglas has now commenced a summer tour of Scotland, crewed by members of the Friends. The boat has just visited the Portsoy Scottish Traditional Boat Festival where she created a lot of interest. The organisers have asked for a return next year and a request has been obtained from people at Wick for a visit of the vessel in 2008 as well.

Rachel is now sitting at a berth in Inverness prior to the NEMT crew taking her to the Crinan Classics Festival at the end of July. The vessel should be familiar to members as the blue former fishing vessel that has visited previous NEMT events at South Shields. She is normally berthed at St Peter’s Marina in Newcastle, together with the restored Favourite. The protection and finance of both vessels are undertaken by our associates, the


Northumbrian Fishing Heritage Trust.


Rachel Douglas Waiting to enter the Caledonian Canal ,
completing the first leg of the Summer Tour.

NEMT has been allocated a space for a stall at the Customs House . This will be an important opportunity to promote the Trust and every effort should be made to ensure the event is a success. The Wapping St. workshops will also be open to visitors during both days.

Artist, Ron Curran will be exhibiting his work of Water Colours of the Tyne along with additional works by Friends of the Trust.

Light refreshments to be available.

We desperately need volunteers to help prepare and man both the Stall and Workshops for the event.

reaperThe well loved “Reaper” a Classic (1902) Fife Herring Drifter; flagship of the Scottish Fisheries Museum and typical of the fishing boats seen regularly on our coast & river, will be returning to the Tyne for the Festival

A spectacular sight of over 70ft long with her large red Lug sails, the Reaper had completed a six-month refit before returning to Anstruther, Fife in April 2005.

Also on the river will be several Sailing Cobles and many boats from local clubs and associations including the Coble and Keelboat Society who are all invited to join the flotilla and parade of sail.

Henry Frederick Swan (Former RNLI Tynemouth Lifeboat 1917-1940’s)
All hands to the jacks! And She is now raised up 1Metre from the ground.
Thanks goes to the Tyne Harbour Master Mike Nicholson and Doug Dunn at Tyne Dock for supplying the wooden keel blocks. The majority of the Anti Fouling is now off and the initial findings are very encouraging. However, there is still a lot of basic time- taking preparation to be done and extra pairs of hands are always made extremely welcome. The lads meet at the workshops on every Wednesday from 09.00 to 15.30.

We would like to be open to the public and continue work on the HFS on additional days. However, Wednesday is obviously not convenient for everyone. Is there anyone out there (male or female) willing to open up on another day even if it is just for the morning or afternoon?

Talk – 27 July


“Maritime Heritage

of NE England

A talk by local historian Tony Barrow


Light Refreshments

1900 Hours – Wednesday 27th July

at the North East Maritime Trust Workshops

2/3 Wapping Street, South Shields NE33 1LQ

Tickets £5 each (limited numbers)


Arthur Hamilton Mobile: 07914047263
The Maritime Trust 0191 4478814

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