A selection of photographs and information kindly shared with this project by Mr. Norman Wise.
Norman Henry (Harry) Wise (right), his brother Robert Wise (left), and Robert's girlfriend, standing in the back garden of their parent's house in Chatham Road, West Hartlepool, possibly in the late 1920s/early 30s.More detail »
Tug boat skipper Norman Henry Wise (seated, front left), and the other members of his crew. It is likely the tug is tied up at the seaward end of Union Dock, in the small cut adjacent to the Docks Engineers Base in Middleton Road. Just along the quay wall can be seen the cut which led into the Central Dock.More detail »
Skipper Norman Henry Wise (centre, in uniform), and other crew members aboard their tug. This photograph may have been taken from the Dock Head on the Headland, close to the Fish Quay.
The tugs in service used to tie up at the end of the Fish Quay. The buildings may be in the area where Heerema is today. The engine room skylights suggest this a steam driven vessel, possibly one of the old NER steam tugs Nos. 2; 3; 4; or 6; or even the William Gray.
The vessel in the centre background of the image is the steam drifter Happy Days (LT 185), which was owned by Stranton Drifters (R.H. Davison), of Hartlepool, between 1919 and 1926.
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