Control of the company came to Eustace Smith
in 1882, who began a new period of expansion at North Shields in 1891, under the title of Smith's Dock Co Ltd.
The contest was played out against the backdrop of the scandal of a national divorce court case involving the prominent Liberal Sir Charles Dilke and the family of the sitting Liberal MP for Tynemouth Thomas Eustace Smith
Another to note is the Len Lungo-trained Phar Echo in the John Eustace Smith
Novices' Handicap Chase (3.00).
North Tyneside Council's Deputy Mayor Coun Jim Allan said: "These buildings are an important part of our history along with the church and were funded by Thomas Eustace Smith
one of the originators of the Smith's Dock Company, which has enormous significance for the area.