Aground in Tyne

The Wear-built steamer Ensign (2.327 tons gross) while leaving the Tyne about 6.30 last night with a cargo of coal from Pelaw for Gibraltar ran ashore on the inner side of the south pier, but was refloated at midnight and towed into the river.

Grounding on rubble about 25 yards from the end of the pier, the Ensign remained there with her fore part fast on the rocks and her stern swinging seaward. The mishap happened on the ebb tide about an hour from low water. The vessel was lying in a bad place, but fortunately there was little wind

Eight tugs were soon in attendance and ropes were got on board.

The Ensign was built by Messrs Priestman and Company, in 1916 and was formerly owned at Newport (Monmouthshire). She is now registered at Gibraltar, her owners being the Calpean Shipping Company, Ltd.

Source: Sunderland Daily Echo 16 April 1935

Seven tugs refloated at midnight the Sunderland-built cargo steamer Ensign (2.337 tons), which had gone ashore in the Tyne near the South Pier South Shields, during fog several hours earlier.

Source: Hartlepool Mail 16 April 1935