About nine o'clock, the brig Produce, of Folkestone, went ashore on the South Pier. The Northumberland lifeboat went to her assistance, and with the help a steamtug, the vessel was got off and brought to the Low Lights.
Source: Shields Daily Gazette 31 December 1869
Captain Goldsmith, of the Produce, from Boulogne, which arrived in the Tyne on the 30th, with damage, after striking on the rubble laid for the foundation of the south pier, states that the bell buoy which marks the same has been washed away.
Source: Shields Daily Gazette 5 January 1870