Fishing Boat Ashore at South Pier
During the holding of the Swimming Club gala, a sensation was caused among the hundreds assembled on the pier to watch the swimming by one the herring fishing boats— the L.T. 73—being driven by the force of the wind against the pier side at the bend. Three of the crew of the fishing boat, fearing the boat might wrecked, jumped ashore. The South Shields Coastguard, assisted by several members of the Volunteer Life Brigade, took the rocket apparatus van down the pier without loss of time, but the services of the brigade were not required. The boat was got off the pier side after little manoeuvring, and was towed into the harbour.
Source: Shields Daily Gazette 3 August 1882