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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.

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

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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.

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Boat Yard Bistro


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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.

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Boat Curves

Vicki Newman – Shields Gazette – Saturday 13 August 2016
boatcurvesAn exhibition inspired by the region’s shipbuilding heritage has gone on display at a South Tyneside gallery. A display of drawings, sculpture and video about the traditions of boat design and building has opened at the Customs House.

North East artist Stephen Livingstone has joined with film-maker Cat Hardwick for the Boat Curves exhibition, which is at the venue’s Port of Tyne Gallery until September 22. Stephen worked with traditional wooden boat builders from the South Shields-based North East Maritime Trust to create a striking hull template, a huge three-dimensional template for an ocean-going vessel which forms the heart of the exhibition, at the town’s Mill Dam venue.

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Boat Curves at the Customs House

Not private – until 21st Sept 2016.

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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

Registered Charity Number 1117855 Company Number 5562737


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Fred’s Shed

LeakyRoofWe now have a covered slipway and can repair boats up to 12 tonnes.

The shed needs some attention and we need to raise £28,000 to re-roof it.

Please help.

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Extracts from News Letter – June 16

It is quite fitting to have the Royal Diadem II (the first boat we restored) to be the first boat in our new facility, which was previously Fred Crowell’s boat yard.

HFSrudderfitting1The new rudder has had a trial fit to check the alignment of the pintle (rudder stock)

Joanpainted1Restoration of the foy boat is nearing completion. After having knees, thwarts and seating made and fitted she is now getting a full paint job.

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150 years of the SSVLB

09:00 Friday 20 May 2016, Vicky Newman of the Gazette wrote:

An exhibition tracking the 150-year history of a life-saving group will be unveiled this weekend.

Always Ready, an exhibition marking the anniversary of the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade (SSVLB), goes on display on Saturday at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, in Ocean Road, where it will remain until September 17.
The brigade was formed in 1866, following a wreck that took 32 lives on the treacherous Black Middens.

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