Sunday 15th May 2016
First Female Captain To Board The Shields Ferry

Nicola Peach has become the first female captain to steer the Shields Ferry.

Nicola Peach had to sit the maritime equivalent of a driving test, which she has passed with flying colours.

By getting her Boat Master’s Licence Nicola is able to take the controls of the ferry in passenger service, on daily crossings and on Tyne river trips.

Nicola, 37, of Marsden in South Shields, joined the Ferry crew last autumn and has spent six months in training for the role.

Prior to Nicola joining the crew, Nexus had never previously had a successful female applicant in 44 years of operating the cross-Tyne service

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