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Re: The Tyne 'Tug' Beamish in 1958
I had seen that photo many years ago and is part of my collection of 'Beamish' images which show the many changes that this tug underwent to her superstructure between 1944 when she was launched at the J.S. Watson yard (Beckingham) to when she was scrapped......in Canada c.1994. She also sailed under five different names...Empire Paul, Queensgarth, Beamish, Rex Mellenger and finally Thunder Cape.
She looked best as depicted in the attempted rescue photo that is shown by Norman above and the same as the five feet long model I built many years ago. I consider that model to be 'home at last' as it is now in South Shields with the son of one of the tug's skippers (c.1965). Below are photos of Empire Paul, Thunder Cape and the model as 'Beamish' under the flag of France Fenwick.
Recommended Local History websites.
www.oldtyneside.co.uk/ www.gatesheadeast.co.uk/, www.donmouth.co.uk/ and www.hebburn.org/