France, Fenwick tug Hendon

Robert
27th June 2005, 13:31
Hendon leaving Newcastle Quay for a Demonstration trip date -

fred henderson
1st July 2005, 19:32
Hendon was regularly on duty for Tyneside ship launches. If my memory serves me right another regular on these duties was King George V. I believe that the most powerful tugs travelled along the coast to cover both Tyne and Wear launches and possibly to Blyth. Some member will know if they went as far as the Tees.

Fred

Steve Gray
1st July 2005, 20:01
Hi, there is a photo of Tyne Tug George V in my gallery, tugs operating on the Tyne/Wear rarely went further south than Seaham as the Tees have always and still do maintain a large tug fleet.

Steve. (SRG2712)

fred henderson
2nd July 2005, 15:21
Hi Steve

I looked at your photo of King George V and was appalled. Obviously converted to diesels since I last saw her but why did they destroy her classic looks? I am sorry but I think she looks like a film star that has had a bad face lift. Has anyone a photo of her in her steam days?

Fred

Steve Gray
2nd July 2005, 20:34
Hi,

Fred is right, she was spoiled beyond recognition, whoever designed the refit must have had a style bypass.

Steve.

fred53
6th September 2005, 20:53
Hendon leaving Newcastle Quay for a Demonstration trip date -
hi rob

Jeff Egan
7th September 2005, 18:39
I'm sure someone posted a photo of George V in her steam day recently, I have a copy, but it's someone else's picture.
Regards Jeff

BettsP
5th November 2008, 08:33
Hi,

I realise this is an old thread, but here goes....

My Grandfather (Jack (John) Swinhoe) was skipper of Hendon at one time, also performing the same role subsequently on Grangetown, Ryhope and Cornhill. I believe he also has interest in Eppleton Hall, the paddle tug that was exported to the USA.

Anyone with pictures of the tugs out there?

I have only one photo of the Cornhill with my grandad at the wheel, and although its good quality its only small.

I have 'the book' Years of the Maltese Cross which is an excellent read as well as a great reference - it's well thumbed now.

Paul

bert thompson
5th November 2008, 09:32
Think it must have been in 1956 that the George V was converted to diesel. Well remember the other tugs on the river blowing her a farewell. I was on Lawson Batey tugs at the time. Hector Stewart would have been her skipper at that time.
Bert.

BettsP
8th November 2008, 19:08
Hi,

According to 'the book' George V was converted to diesel 08 1954 by PK Harris and Sons Ltd, Appledore. 12 Cyl, 8.5" x 10" 1086 BHP Tonnage now 217g.

Paul

bert thompson
8th November 2008, 20:36
Yes 1954 is correct. Sorry for mistake.Memory not so good these days
Bert.

MNEWBY
21st November 2008, 21:18
Hello All
If my memory serves me right I remember the George V leaving the Tyne for Appledore about June 1954, my Dad was skipper of the Ridleys tug 'Marty' at that time and he said Hector Stuart told him later it was not a smooth trip around to Appledore for the George V,infact I am sure he said she broke down on the way.
As Steve says most of the Tyne tugs at that time were busy enough on the Tyne and did not go to far afield, I do recall Dad taking the 'Impetus' which he skippered later to Blyth once or twice.
I met Hector Stuart a lot as I spent most of my younger days with my Dad on the tugs, one thing is though Hector always kept the George V very 'ship shape' and it was sad to see some of her pictures in later times.

Regards
Mike

awb8432390
30th March 2011, 22:23
Hi,
great reading about all the old tugs and storys. My G.G.Uncle was Hector Stewart. No-one in the family knows much about him so its really nice to hear someone talking about him. Apparently he wrote a book but again not much is known about it. My G.Grandfather was William Stewart who skippered the WEARMOUTH on the tyne. If anyone has any other info that would be great,
Alan.