About Us

Meet The Team

The Teesside Princess is host to a team of experienced staff who’ll help to make your journey you bit extra special. Our team is always on hand to assist.

Tailored River Cruises 

We offer both tailored and themed river cruises and we aim to make your cruise, one to remember. Our cruises sail up and down the River Tees, allowing you to take in all of the breathtaking views on offer.

From our themed river cruises to booking a special event, there’s nothing we can’t host. We also have a selection of food and drink available to choose from. Be sure to book a river cruise on  The Teesside Princess today.

Established Company

We have been providing our river cruises for many years. Over this time we have developed a well-known reputation and have become one of the leading choices for river cruises in the area.

No matter what the event or reason might be, our cruises will guarantee you lifetime memories. The boat is tastefully decorated and offers a tasteful classic look.

For more information on our river cruises, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our team is always on hand to answer questions and deal with enquiries. 

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Well-known reputation

We are well-known throughout Stockton-on-Tees and the surrounding areas for the cruises and services we provide to our customers.

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Cruises for all events

Our cruises are perfect for all events and occasions. From themed cruises to special events and much more, we have cruises to suit everyone. 

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First class service

We pride ourselves on delivering a first class service and all of our team are fully trained and have years of hospitality experience between them. 

Upcoming Events

Meet The Team

Graham Beesley

Skipper

Graham is our jovial skipper, he is the man who will greet you as you board the Princess and is responsible for your overall safety on board. He is a firm believer in the Princess staying on Teesside. As a mariner he has many tales of the sea and his catch phrase is “to cut a long story short..”
Graham is also in the process of renovating one of the ‘Dunkirk little boats’; the MV Coronia, which was a part of the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940.

Rachel Hutchinson

Business Support Manager and First Mate

Rachel has also been with the Princess since 1999 and is also passionate believer in the importance of the Teesside Princess to our area. Rachel is responsible for all the peripheral requirements of the Princess. She is the one replying to your enquiries, whilst managing the “behind the scenes” such as the bookings database, ordering catering and ensuring our compliance requirements are met.
Away from the Princess Rachel loves her dogs; Bella & Tilly and she walks them every day.

Heather Hutchinson

Housekeeping supervisor

Heather is the person who ensures we enjoy our sail in perfect environment; a clean vessel and impeccable table cloths and napkins folded to precision.
Heather, like her daughter Rachel, has been here since the late 90’s. When she’s not at work, Heather likes to look after her granddaughter Elsie with her dog Rio.

Chris Hughes-Rutherford

Operations Director, DJ & First Mate

Chris has sailed with the boat man and boy. He joined the crew in 1997 as a guest DJ playing the hip tunes of the time and still does (the same tunes). Chris became a regular crew member and 1st mate very shortly afterwards and has exuded passion about the boat and where we sail.
Chris, for all his positive impact on the boat, has the unfortunate affliction of being a Leeds United Fan and is often heard on BBC Tees’ Bob Fischer ‘Time of our Lives’ recounting tales of how we are getting on with the refurbishment of the Princess – describing himself as the ‘sad Leeds Fan’ – I was under the impression that all Leeds fans were sad in one way or another 😊.

Chris believes the Princess deserves to be a part of Teesside life and the people of Teesside deserve to see how amazing our River and its banks are.

Sophie Edge

Events & Marketing Manager

Sophie has a degree in Tourism and Marketing and she is responsible for the public face of the Princess. She manages the social media accounts, achieving over 4,400 likes on Facebook in our 1st year, in conjunction with the website and other marketing activities. She also plans and co-ordinates our event nights, whether it is an 80s night, a Santa Cruise for the children, a murder mystery night or a gin tasting evening. In her spare time Sophie enjoys skiing, scuba diving and photography.

Ian Edge

Owner & Managing Director

Ian is the one person who made this company possible. Ian first met Chris at one of Chris’s Quizzes, becoming good friends through teasing him about being a Leeds Fan, #UTB. When he heard that the Princess was up for auction, he had no doubt in his mind it would be staying in Teesside.
With Ian’s vision and handiwork, the vessel went under a major refurbishment and radically changed the visual and mental perception of Teesside Princess.
When he is not at the Princess, Ian enjoys cycling, skiing, scuba diving as well as his family and animals.