The Collision in Shields Harbour
Our shipping reporter writes Early this morning somewhat serious collision occurred, resulting in damage to the screw steamer Ashbrooke, of London, a regular trader to the Tyne. The Ashbrooke, coal laden, was bound on a voyage to London, and it appears while proceeding to sea about 3.30, she came into collision with the South Pier with such force that the vessel was found to have sustained a good deal of damage to the starboard bow, such as to necessitate her to put back to the harbour. She proceeded up the river as far as Tyne Dock, and now lies off the Black Jetty, with her fore peak and fore compartments full of water. It is not yet known whether the pier has sustained any damage through the collision.
Source: Shields Daily Gazette 29 November 1894