Tuesday morning, about two o'clock, a hopper, while being towed into the Tyne, came ashore behind the pier at South Shields, the tow-line having broken. The crew, two in number, were taken off by the South Shields lifeboat. The alarm guns were fired from H.M.S. Castor, and the South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade mustered on the south pier to render assistance. The hopper was got off on Wednesday morning.
Source: Newcastle Courant 27 November 1868
Hopper Ashore at South Shields.—This morning, a hopper, while being towed Into the Tyne, came ashore, the tow-line having broken. The crew, two in number, were taken off by the South Shields lifeboat.
Source: Shields Daily Gazette 24 November 1868
Tuesday 24 Nov 1868 R.J.C.’s Hopper no 25 came ashore behind the S. Pier in consequence of towline breaking Fired several rockets all of which failed to hit her, Launched the “Pro” (South. Shields) lifeboat & took the 2 men out.
Source: South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade Storm Book