|Hartlepool Ferry (Photographer Alfred Price)|
From 1854 to 1952 the ferry from Old Hartlepool to Middleton provided a means for Hrtlepool people to get to work. The 35 foot boats used had to cover only a short distance of c100 metres. From the 1800s people were employed in boat yards on Middleton beach. The village of Middleton, named after a local Methodist and friend of John Wesley, no longer exists.
The Museum of Hartlepool's photostream has the picture of the ferry boat being rowed by two men.
|Hartlepool Old Ferry|
The e-podunk website for Hartlepool has a postcard of the ferry in operation. Unfortunately they have not responded to my request to use their picture but you can see for yourself by visiting them here
The last ferry stopped soon after the last true ferryman slipped on the ferry steps.
The ferry man, Bull Boagey, cracked his head and died in 1951 while returning from a fishing trip.