Heritage research volunteer Alistair Collin presents the gloriously titled “Geordie Shores: Wherries and Lightermen on the River Tyne”. Both Wherries and Lightermen have been key components in the transportation of goods and materials on the UK’s major rivers for hundreds of years. Alistair examines the importance of wherries in maintaining trade along both the Tyne and Ouseburn rivers and the challenges they faced. It also focuses on the Newcastle Wherry Company, which was one of the principal Wherry companies, from its formation in 1874 to its’ closure one hundred years later.
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