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[Note 273.1:] "Brought our steamboats "up standing" and gigs to a stand" :-  'The rivermen have called the building of the new railway a 'poverty producing measure', and the owners of gigs, coaches and steam packets have been extremely angry about the project.' Ref:

[Note 273.2:]  "Like a fiend from the pit, Jack, that took then in tow." :-Steam tugs appeared on the Tyne in 1818. Tugs dramatically increased the volume of coal that could be moved through the port. [ref. Lewenhak, S. Steamships and Shipbuilders in the Industrial Revolution.]

The success of the Stockton to Darlington Railway (1825) led to proposals for a rail link between North Shields and Newcastle. Twice a Bill was placed before Parliament and turned down. There was considerable opposition to the railway and a modified proposal was accepted in June 1836.

'Shopkeepers in North Shields fear that their customers will forsake them for the Newcastle shops - tempted by the single fare of 2d, first class for the seven miles and intended time for the journey of 20 minutes. ... Large numbers of Newcastle tradesmen have already placed adverts in the local newspaper to attract customers'.



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