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Armstrong's Shipyard


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Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. (1885 - 1897), Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. (1897 - 1920)

Types built here:

Torpedo Cruiser, Cruiser, Battleship, Gunboat, Tanker, Caisson, Destroyer, Floating Crane, Barque, Screw Steamer, Cable Ship, Barge, Yacht, Battlecruiser, Aircraft Carrier, Monitor, Submarine

Customers (Not Exhaustive):

Austro-Hungarian Navy, Italian Navy, British Royal Navy, Chinese Navy, Spanish Navy, Roumanian Navy, Argentinian Navy, Royal Indian Marine, Aral Steam Ship Co Ltd, Brazilian Navy,Imperial Japanese Navy, Government of Chile, Government of United States, Norwegian Royal Navy, Lucigen Steamship Co Ltd, Australasia & China Telegraph Co, Ottoman Navy, Government of Turkey, Government of Argentina

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Construction Materials:

Wood, Iron, Steel



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The riverside at Elswick was the site of Armstrong's predominantly military shipyard between 1897 and 1920.

It formed part of the huge Armstrong Works which stretched all the way to Scotswood, constructed almost anything you can think of from tractors to locomotives. A works was first established here in 1846 to produce hydraulic cranes, but continually developed into a substantial armaments works. From 1867 ships were moved here to add the armaments from Mitchell's Low Walker Yard. Thanks to their endured relationship they amalgamated as Armstrong Mitchell from 1882.

A year later a shipyard was established at Elswick itself to construct warships next to the Ordnance Works. Mitchell's Low Walker Yard focused predominantly on merchant vessels from thereon. Ships were constructed for navies in every corner of the world, with the first being for Austro-Hungary but stretched to Brazil, Chile, Italy, Norway, Japan and others.

By 1912 the constraints at Elswick and the clearance of the Tyne Bridge, a new yard was established at High Walker. As a result, the Elswick Works only handled uncompleted orders and submarines during WWI.

The carrier Eagle, formed from an uncompleted Chilean battleship, was the last order completed here in 1918.

'Sketches of The Coal Mines in Northumberland and Durham' T.H.Hair, published in 1844

Ordnance Survey, 1920

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