Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company

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Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company
Industry Shipping
Successor Coast Lines
Founded 1904
Defunct 1943
Headquarters Newcastle upon Tyne
Area served
Newcastle upon Tyne, London

The Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company provided shipping services in the United Kingdom from 1904 to 1943.[1]


Hotel du Vin, City Road Converted in 2007-8 from the Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Company offices of 1908 (commonly known as Allan House)
Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Company sign in King Street, on the side of what is now Sabatini's restaurant

Four companies came together in 1904 to form the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company. These were:

  • The Tyne Steam Shipping Co. Ltd,
  • The Tees Union Steamship Co. Ltd,
  • The Free Trade Wharf Co. Ltd
  • Furness Withy & Co. Ltd

Passenger services were operated between Newcastle upon Tyne, London and the continent until the Great Depression in the United Kingdom.

The vessels and interests of the company were purchased by Coast Lines in 1943.[2]

The former Headquarters building is now the Hotel du Vin.[3]

Routes : Passenger / Cargo and Cargo only[edit]

Newcastle and Sunderland to London / Antwerp / Rotterdam / Amsterdam / Dordrecht / Hamburg / Bremen / Ghent / Northern French Ports.

Middlesbrough to Bremen / Hamburg.


Funnel : Black with red top and dividing white band. [4]

Passenger / Cargo ships operated[edit]

Ship Launched Tonnage
Notes and references
Grenadier 1895 1,004 Built by Wigham Richardson and Co. for Tyne Steam Shipping Co. and transferred into the new joint venture and served Rotterdam with occasional voyages to Hamburg and Cuxhaven.

Grounded in July 1908 on Frisian coast and was re-floated and repaired in West Hartlepool.
Sunk by torpedo on 23 February 1917 with the loss of 8 crew members, including the Master.[5]

Sir William Stephenson 1906 1,540 Built by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company at Yarrow. Employed mainly on continental services from the River Tyne but also occasionally on the London service. She struck a mine on 29 August 1915, causing the death of 2 crewmembers.

The vessel was towed to Great Yarmouth roads where she later sank.[6]

Alnwick 1929 1,400 Built by Swan Hunter,Wigham Richardson for the River Tyne - Rotterdam service. Switched to London service in 1932 but competition from motor coaches ended this trade in 1935 when the vessel was sold to Fred. Olsen & Co..

Renamed Bali, she initially operated from Oslo / Kristiansand to Rotterdam. She survived World War II and was transferred to Olsen's service between Oslo and Newcastle until 1951 when she moved to an Antwerp service from Oslo /Kristiansand.
Sold to the Burmese Shipping Board in 1952 and renamed Pyidawtha. She operated coastal passenger/cargo services out of Rangoon until 6 May 1955 when she grounded on a voyage to Akyat. The grounding led to her being declared a total loss.[7]


  1. ^ Shipbuilding & shipping record: a journal of shipbuilding, marine engineering, dock, harbours & shipping, Volume 44. 1935
  2. ^ http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/d979e60e-434d-4038-9904-da5c80d4cbaa
  3. ^ "Hotel du Vin Newcastle". 
  4. ^ Greenway, Ambrose (1986): A Century of North Sea Passenger Steamers ; Page 76 ; Shepperton, Ian Allan ; ISBN 0-7110-1338-1
  5. ^ Greenway (1986),P.76
  6. ^ Greenway (1986), P. 77
  7. ^ Greenway (1986), P. 78