When all hope the lost vessel had disappeared, another light hove in sight, making for the harbour. The vessel came from the northward, seemed to make but slow progress, and when she came to the bar made towards the South Pier. It was impossible tell whether the craft was a screw or a sailing vessel. A white light was shown in front, and the two red and green lights were seen alternately as the vessel rose and fell with the waves, and seemed sometimes lying broadside on to the sea, She continued to make for the south side, and when she ultimately turned up river it was impossible to tell from the Tynemouth Watch House whether she had got inside the piers or had gone up the back of the South Pier and was drifting to wreck on the sands. For a time it seemed certain that she had missed the entrance or struck inside the South Pier. But she continued to float upwards, and was seen at last making bursts of progress on the incoming waves. When it was seen that she was safe inside the pier it seemed impossible that she could reach the channel to the north of the Groyne on which the new lighthouse stands. But her progress was exceedingly swift, and in a minute or two she had surmounted this difficulty also and disappeared up the harbour in safety. If she was a sailing vessel her escape was all but miraculous. At one time when she was most close to the pier she was seen to stagger and then take a terrific leap. The cross seas made complete breach over her, and no one watching her ever expected that she would get safely in. When passing the Fish Quay, North Shields, she was loudly cheered by the throngs of people who had anxiously watched her movements. From later information it appears that the vessel was the Emily, from Liverpool, laden with salt.
Source Shields Daily Gazette 5th of December1882