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Shipbuilder: T Mitchison Ltd, Friar's Goose, Gateshead (1955 - 1963)

The above photo shows the Mitchison yard in July 1962 with vessels along the quay (L-R) tug MEADOW in for re-engining, trawlers KAKUM & ODAW and new tug CULTRA. Another vessel is just visible, still on the stocks.
The photo is copyright of Graeme Turner and from his late father Les' collection.

T Mitchison's shipbuilding yard was on the south bank of the Tyne at Friar's Goose, Gateshead.

In the 1830s this site was occupied by a wooden shipbuilding yard, later becoming a repair facility known as Anderson's Slipway. Mitchison bought the yard in 1919. Their first ship was the GREYFRIARS which was partially built by J & D Morris at Pelaw Main, until that yard went into liquidation in 1923.

Mitchison occupied the yard until 1955 mainly as a shiprepairer for small craft such as tugs. They had a slipway for vessels up to 230ft in length and a repairing quay.

In 1955 the yard was taken over by the London based firm of James Burness & Sons and the yard was refitted for shipbuilding. The GREYFRIARS of 1923 had been Morris' yard number 71 and Mitchisons decided to carry on with this sequence. They then built a number of small craft including fishing vessels and tugs. At this time the yard had 3 slipways and 2 side launching berths of up to 300 ft in length.

In 1962 the yard ran into financial difficulties due to the bankruptcy of the Seawork Group, of which Mitchison was a member. Three fishing vessels for British & Commonwealth Group company Seapool Ltd had been launched but were lying incomplete in the river. These vessels were eventally completed by their prospective owner. See Greenock Dockyard Co (Gateshead) Ltd for for further information on this. Also three orders for fishing boats were transferred to PK Harris & Sons Ltd at Appledore, which was also part of the Seawork Group. The yard eventually closed in 1964.

The following is a list of vessels built at the Mitchison yard:

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
72 1955 Kamaran (TT) D / H / P
73 1955 Unknown (TT) D / H
74 1956 Action D / H / P
75 1956 Arthur (TT) D / H / P
76 1956 Eskwater D / H
77 1956 Varco (TT) D / H / P
78 1956 Qatif 7 (TT) D / H / P
79 1956 Qatif 8 (TT) D / H
80 1957 Aberdeen Enterprise D / H / P
81 1957 Boston Comet D / H / P
82 1957 Aberdeen Progress D / H / P
83 1958 Sirius Cove (TT) D / H / P
84 1958 Wooree (TT) D / H / P
85 1958 Star of Aberdeen D / H / P
86 1958 Aberdeen Fisher D / H / P
87 1959 Cashel (TT) D / H / P
88 1959 Clonmel (TT) D / H / P
89 1959 Orkan (TT) D / H / P
91 1959 William Lamey (TT) D / H / P
92 1959 Marwood D / H / P
93 1960 Universal Star D / H / P
94 1959 Paramount D / H / P
95 1959 Partisan D / H / P
96 1960 Island Mariner (TT) D / H / P
98 1960 Lorwood D / H / P
99 1960 Starwood D / H / P
152 1961 Amanzule D / H
153 1962 Kpeshie Transferred
154 1962 Pawnpawn D / H
155 1962 Kakum D / H / P
156 1962 Odaw D / H / P
500 1960 Leswood D / H / P
501 1960 Dalewood D / H / P
502 1961 Jasmin D / H / P
503 1961 Japonica D / H / P
504 1961 Juniper D / H / P
506 1960 Coastal Emperor D / H / P
507 1960 Coastal Empress D / H / P
508 1960 Janwood D / H / P
509 1960 Milwood D / H / P
510 1961 Blacktail D / H / P
512 1962 Dorade D / H / P
514 1962 Sailfin D / H / P
516 1963 Pelamid D / H / P
518 1963 Relko D / H / P
520 1963 Noblesse D / H / P
522 1961 Burwood D / H / P
523 1961 Clarkwood D / H / P
524 1961 Donwood D / H / P
526 1962 Cultra (TT) D / H / P
527 1962 Hector Gull Transferred
528 1962 Hector Gannet Transferred
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