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Yorkshireman

Mike Wilson, Local Author and Historian

The Yorkshireman arrived in Bridlington harbour on Saturday, 26th May, 1928, and was ready for service the following day. She had been built by Earle's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited, on the Humber.

Her official number was 160 104, and her main dimensions were 120 x 27.1 x 8.7 feet (36.92 x 8.34 x 2.67 metres). She had a top speed of 11.2 knots. Her power was provided by two reciprocating triple-expansion engines, with direct acting, vertical cylinders, of 93 n.h.p., 800 i.h.p., built by Earle's Shipbuilders. She was flat-bottomed with a shallow draught to allow entrance in Bridlington Harbour and to make her useful for assisting and refloating stranded vessels.

Trials had been held the previous Thursday and had proved very satisfactory, the vessel averaging eleven and a half knots. She was larger than the Frenchman, then sailing from Bridlington, and could carry up to 400 passengers. There was a large lounge, a saloon forward and a ladies' salon aft. The main saloon was panelled with polished mahogany. Yorkshireman was also fitted with United Towing Company's patent davits. This twin-screwed tug weighed 251 tons.

On 4th August, 1928, Yorkshireman achored 500 yards (461 metres) from the pier and 100 people enjoyed a dance from 9pm. The vessel was illuminated by hundreds of small electric lamps and the strains of dance music was easily heard on the piers and seafront.

Later that year, on Monday, 28th September, Yorkshireman left the harbour for Hull after the end of the season. One hundred people made the journey to Hull and crowds gathered to see the vessel leave the harbour for the last time that year. A maroon was fired from the deck as a farewell signal. During the winter months, Yorkshireman took up towing work in the Humber.
In 1929 an agreement was made with Bridlington Harbour Commissioners and £150 was paid to cover five years harbour duties and all charges incurred for summer season excursions.
During June 1953, Yorkshireman towed a whale to sea which had landed on the south beach.

Except for wartime (she was requisitioned for war service on 6th October, 1939), Yorkshireman visited the town every year, and she left Bridlington in 1954. She was towed by Workman to Book in Belgium, where she was broken up.

This aerial view of the harbour shows Yorkshireman moored alongside the north pier. At the landward end of the pier are Royal Jubilee, May Morn and Princess Marina. The view is post-1933 as Victoria Rooms have already disappeared.

This information is taken from Any More For Sailing?, published by the writer in 1996, and there's more information about Yorkshireman in Bridlington Pleasure Boats, by Frank Bull, published in 2010.