ELSWICK II was built in 1913 at Bill Quay, for Vickers of Newcastle. She was originally towed by tugs, but an engine was installed later. She is an example of a type of clinker hulled wooden dumb-lighter barge used in the area of the Tyne and Wear rivers.
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Brouwer, Norman J, International Register of Historic Ships, Anthony Nelson, pp148, Edition 2, 1993
The last Tyne wherry - Elswick No. 2 Information Sheet
Built at Bill Quay, Tyne
Launched as a dumb (towing) wherry but soon fitted with a motor engine
Withdrawn from service
Purchased by the Merseyside Maritime Museum and maintained afloat in Princes Dock Liverpool
Moved on a permanent basis into Canning No 1 graving dock
Opened to the public on a seasonal basis
Entered on the National Register of Historic Vessels
Closed to the public due to building works connected to the new Museum of Liverpool
Vessel re-opened to the public
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