If you have ancestors who were in the merchant marine and sailed out of the Newcastle area, the Dictionary of Tyne Sailing Ships should prove to be an invaluable resource. It is a work of extraordinary effort by Rickard E. Keyes that took the author many years to complete. Mr. Keyes' objective was "...to record the names, builders, owners, masters, career details and fates of sailing vessels of over 50 registered tons." And he has done that admirably. The dictionary comes complete with invaluable indexes for the ships, ship name changes, owners and shareholders, masters, shipbuilding centers & shipbuilders and a general index.
The Dictionary of Tyne Sailing Ships is truly a merchant marine researcher's treasure.
Other books by Dick Keyes (& Ken Smith):
Black Diamonds by Sea
Down Elswick Slipways
Ferry Tales: Tyne-Norway Voyages 1864-2000
From Walker to the World
Steamers at the Staiths
Tall Ships on the Tyne