Located near the train tracks that divide the Marigny from the Bywater, this charming spot usually offers a selection of four to five wines by the glass, one of which is almost always sparkling. They offer a small selection of cheese and bread if you need a nibble, and their beer selection is solid, in case your friends prefer brew to vino. Free wine tastings every Wednesdays.
The true number of passengers would only have been known by the master, whose perk it was to go round collecting fares during the journey. The Forfarshire could make about 9 knots under her own power without the use of the sails.
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She left Hull for the journey to Dundee on the midnight tide on 6 September 1838 with a cargo of superfine cloths, hardware, soap, spinning gear and boiler plate. She’d had some problems with leaking boilers, which were repaired before she sailed from Hull, but by the time she reached the coast off Berwick, they had began to leak again. This time the trouble was much more serious and her engines were rendered useless.
At 0100 hrs on the 7th, she started to lose ground and the chief engineer told the Master, John Humble, that neither of the engines could be used. The leaks soon got so bad that steaming hot water was filling the bilges. The only way the firemen could put the fire out was by dousing the boilers.
They realised the ship was in trouble so the Master ordered it be turned round to head for South Shields: at the same time he had the sails set fore and aft to keep the ship well off shore. At this point she was not in any immediate danger, because she was still a sailing ship in her own right, equipped with auxiliary steam engines.