North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project


Without volunteers we wouldn’t have raised the £75,000+ needed for the memorial to Fishermen lost at sea from the Port of North Shields. We have a wide variety of volunteers – community fundraisers, running Our on-line shop, education presenters for schools, helping at events, writing newsletters, researching the lives lost at sea and much more.

Charlie Steel – Administrator

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Charlie has lived almost all of his life in Monkseaton, however nearly all his working life has been spent in North Shields. After leaving school in 1967, he entered the printing trade as a Graphic Artist and Process Photographer. After 8 years, he decided it was time to move on, and he joined Northumbria Police in 1975, before his retirement in 2005. During this time he developed a strong interest in local history which stems from his Great Grandfather, George Steel, who was a prominent businessman in Whitley Bay at the turn of the 1900’s.

Over the years, Charlie has presented various talks to local schools and professional organisations, written several local history articles for the ‘Northumbrian’ magazine, and writes a monthly editorial for the ‘Roundabout Tynemouth’ and ‘Roundabout Monkseaton’ magazines. He has also compiled several columns and editorials for the Journal and Chronicle newspapers and written several local history publications and books. Charlie recognises the importance of preserving our past heritage and memories in every possible way, and shares a considerable passion to recognise the importance of the fishermen of North Shields past and present.