Train Body-shells for new Hitachi factory arrive at Port of Tyne from Japan

Port of Tyne has given Hitachi’s new train factory a lift.

By Kevin Clark North East Press – Wednesday 28 October 2015

The port is working with Hitachi Rail Europe, shipping operator Höegh Autoliners and Nissan Shipping

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A Hitachi carriage is lifted into place at Port of Tyne  – picture Shields Gazette

Agents (NSA UK) to unload train body-shells imported from Japan.

“The Port of Tyne is extremely proud to play a part in Hitachi Rail Europe’s supply chain and work with our partners Höegh and NSA to carry out this specialist job for them safely and efficiently”
Port of Tyne chief executive officer Andrew Moffat

The first shipment of five left Kobe in Japan at the end of August on board the giant car carrier Höegh Tokyo to travel the 5,000 nautical miles to South Shields.

Once they were towed off the ship, the port began the carefully planned manoeuvre to lift them on to specialist distribution vehicles.

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A History of the Shields Pilots up to 1900

Pilot Flags
Pilot Flags

From the Borough Book of South Shields

History of the Shields Pilots up to 1900

Exactly how old is the institution of pilotage on the Tyne it is impossible to say. Originally pilotage was confined exclusively to the members of the Trinity House of Newcastle which was incorporated by Charter of Henry VIII, dated October 5 th 1536, but it is probable that the Trinity Brethren had charge of the pilot service before that date, since the oldest existing Order Book of the House, commencing in 1539, not only makes several references to pilotage – the pilot dues being called ‘loadmannage’ – but also refers to still older entries in ‘the owyld loadmannage bouke’ now lost.

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Tyne Pilots 1865 – 2008

TYNE PILOTS 1865 – 2008

Compiled by Ken Lubi

We are extremely grateful to Ken Lubi for permission to reproduce the following work he has produced following his many hours of study and research into this unique and magnificent service.

Entrance to the Tyne
Entrance to the Tyne


Whilst employed by the Tyne Pilotage Authority, as coxswain on the pilot cutters from 1968 to 1988, I became interested in their history and decided to delve into their past.

The individual photographs of the pilots taken by myself, and also the bulk of my information, was amassed during research carried out in the early 1980’s

Additional material was added at later dates 

I would like to express my thanks to the various pilots who supplied photographs, licences and other paraphernalia; also the South Shields Local History Library who allowed me access to their records and old newspapers which have enabled me to compile what I have simply called ‘Tyne Pilots’

© Ken Lubi (Please note: No part of this may be used for any commercial purposes without express permission of the author)



The Engine Room Ghost

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City of Hull

In the Spring of 1975 I was appointed Chief Engineer of the ‘City of Hull’, one of Ellerman Lines modern cargo liners. She was built in 1971 by Robb – Caledon at Dundee and was propelled by one of the loves of my life – a 17500bhp 76J7 Doxford engine. I was really looking forward to the experience as at just four years old she would be well run in and settled down. It was Ellermans first venture into the world of automation and mine too so very exciting days lay ahead. As a point of interest, there were three of the class built, two at Dundee with Doxford engines and one on the Clyde with a Sulzer engine. I sailed on all three and my favourite would have been the Clyde built vessel with a Doxford engine – just to be awkward. I had a bit of a gripe against an unknown fellow from the Dundee yard which could be the subject of another wee tale in the future.

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