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Pilotage at that time on the Tyne was non compusory unless you carried passengers, some masters of small ships who visited the Tyne regularly did not take a pilot, but they did not have a Tyne Pilots "Ticket" Such a thing did not exist. To take twenty minutes from the Tyne Piers to All fast at Gateshead quay would mean the ship would have to do about 30 knots up the river if the tie up time was disregarded. The speed limit on the Tyne at that time was and still is 6 knots maximum. I dont seem to remember Tyne Tees ships being able to reach speeds of 30 knots. The normal time for a small ship from Tyne piers to all fast at gateshead quay would be about 1 hour 45 mins to two hours so it would seem Seldom Wright was on this occasion Quite Wright.
 

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I would think the waters were more likley to be thicker then as the Tyne in those days was the main sewer for the whole of Tyneside!!!!! it's about 9 miles from the piers to Gateshead quay so if you stick to maximum speed limit it should take an hour and a half plus berthing time, however a lot of small ships did break the speed limit, i remember the Coast boats well and one Skipper who had I believe had visited Australia once insisting on calling everyone Digger, This was in the middle 1960s, I dont recall his real name
 
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