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The 'Shiel' family (Billy Shiel's father) started taking boat trips to the Farne Islands in 1918 - just after the First World War.
The name 'Shiel' has long associations with the Sea on this rugged Northumberland coastline.
Pictured on the right is the late Billy Shiel MBE whose grandfather founded Farne Island Boat Trips in 1918 shortly after the 1st World War. We currently have 11 boats, 8 Glad Tidings, 2 St Cuthberts and our high speed Rhib Ocean Explorer.
Our journey since 1918
It was only in the late 1930’s that the business as we see it today really got going. Billy Shiel joined his father at the age of 14 years and now Billy Shiel’s Farne Island Boat Trips have been operating out of Seahouses for over 60 years. Today, truly a family tradition, the business is led by Billy Shiel Junior, otherwise known as just William. The business which started with a simple open Northumbrian coble has now grown to 11 boat, 8 Glad Tidings, 2 St Cuthbert boats and our high speed Rhib Ocean Explorer.
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Glad Tidings VIII received support from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), Rural Economy Grant (REG) North East Small Business Growth Fund through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.