The Friars Goose Boat Club on The Tyne

An email that made my day:

"I am emailing on behalf of the Friars Goose Watersports Club. We are based on the Tyne in Felling, opposite St Peters Basin on the cheap side of the river. Friars Goose was a small shipyard for 200 years, bought out by worker when it closed in 1972. Original members still run the club, and we are proud to be one of the last remaining pieces of maritime heritage which is still operational in the North East. Many of our members vessels are older than Souter Lighthouse, most are made from bits of vessels that will have sailed past Souter Lighthouse in its early days of operations. The bell and a couple of brass fittings on my boat were taken from the boat recently scrapped in the picture below, taken last summer at Friars Goose, which still bore bullet holes from its job rescuing solders as part of the DDay landings. I was tasked to try and get involvement in the Foghorn Requiem and see if we can be part of a flotilla or better still, the concert itself. We have about 20 vessels, and would love to play out part in some way". 


Posted on June 12, 2013 .