While on a wander around the Bill Quay area I found this old and unused slipway which was part of R B Harrison and Sons one of the smaller shipyards/ship repair on the River Tyne. I believe it closed in the 1990's some time but that's just about all I know about it I'm afraid. If anyone has any information on the place please let me know.
EDIT: A reader called Elizabeth Fawcett sent me the following information about the yard.
I have been looking at the photo's of Robert Harrison's Shipyard. My nanna told me her Father, Philip Brown (b1852), was a friend of Bobby Harrison. She said Bobby had the money to buy the yard but not the knowledge so Philip Brown provided that. Bobby provided 2 Cottages for the Family called Riverside, or on different documents Whie Cottage and Rose Cottage.
I have been looking for photographs. Philip Brown was a Ships Carpenter. The came from St Anthonys to start with. He died in 1914 at the Cottages his wife Sarah died 3 weeks after him. Hope this helps. If you have any information on the Cottages I would be grateful.
If anyone can help us out with more information please get in touch.
- Harrisons Slipway, Bill Quay, c1910
- Harrisons Shipyard, Bill Quay, 1980
- Some newspaper clippings featuring the yard. Scroll to almost the bottom of the page.