8 thoughts on “Stockton Steamer

  1. The light coloured building with Dixons Steamboat Landing written on it was the Ship Launch Inn.It was one of Stocktons oldest pubs,dating back to before 1827.At one point it was owned by Dixon Brothers.The pub finally lost its licence in 1921 and was demolished in the late 1920`s.


    • This photo may have been taken on a Sunday as the River Tees at Stockton in this era was a very busy river.There were two companies running passenger Steamboats in close proximity to each other (Duncan Brother`s also had a Steamboat landing further up river,near Black Bull Yard). Both companies seem to have ran an hourly service to Middlesbrough, probably with two boats. Perhaps the outgoing boat passing the incoming boat at some point.


  2. Dixons also had a paddle steamer called “Prince of Wales”.She was built for the company by Pearse, Lockwood & Co.,Stockton-On-Tees, and launched in April 1862.


    • Martin – could there be two ships in this photo? There appears to be a similar funnel just to the right of the one in the foreground, and there appear to be two ship’s bows in the photo?


      • Hello Cliff,unfortunately the photo isn`t a very good quality image and the picture Stockton logo obscures some of the detail.I don`t know who posted the original. Perhaps they could confirm the presence of the second ship. Incidentally there appears to be a smaller ship on the left hand side of the image, with it`s sail furled.This looks like it might be a wherry (a sailing barge).These were used to ferry goods on rivers before the days of steam and continued to do so later because they were a cheaper alternative.


      • The death of George Dixon, wherry owner, was announced in the North Eastern Daily Gazette on 23 November 1891. He was 58 and was living in Cleveland Row.


  3. I believe the name “Citizen Q” may have been a newspaper type error.The Northern Echo of 4 August 1875 has an article concerning the passenger steamboat “Citizen” owned by Messrs. Dixon.The steamer was travelling the river and on reaching Blue house point it passed two men in a rowing boat shooting birds.The men didn`t see the “Citizen” approaching and carried on shooting covering passengers in a large quantity of spent shot.One man had no less than seven extracted from his neck.The article also refers to the problem of young boys throwing stones at the steamers and nude bathers!!


  4. The company was owned by George & John Thomas Dixon who lived in Cleveland Row, Stockton. Although it is difficult to tell from this image the boat is probably one named the ‘Citizen Q’ (or Citizen). In August 1881 the Imperial Tramways Company took over two steamers, the ‘Citizen’ and the ‘Forget-Me-Not’ from messrs Dixon of Stockton.


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