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Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., Shipyard


54.989264, -1.480665

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H S Edward & Sons (1883 - 1888), Rowland Hodge (1898), Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. (1899 - 1930)

Types built here:

Hopper Barge, Screw Steamer, Barge, Pontoon, Landing Craft, Patrol Boat

Customers (Not Exhaustive):

Tees Conservancy Commissioners, Cochrane & Co Ltd, Russian Steam Navigation & Trading Co, Mayor, Alderman & Burgesses of Jarrow, Sunderland River Wear Commissioners, Manchester Ship Canal Pontoons & Dry Docks Co Ltd, Manchester Liners Ltd, Franconia SS Co, Elder Dempster Shipping Ltd, Red Cross Shipping Co Ltd, Westminster Shipping Co Ltd, Belle of Ireland Steamship Co Ltd, Empire Transport Co Ltd, Neptune Steam Navigation Co Ltd, The Clan Line Steamers Ltd, The Admiralty, British Royal Navy, Canadian Pacific Railway Co, Union Steam Ship Co of New Zealand Ltd

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Construction Materials:

Wood, Iron



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Howdon was the home of several important shipbuilders in the 19th century. The Northumberland Shipyard was one of these significant producers.

It was first laid out by H S Edward & Sons in 1883, and after his death in 1898 acquired by Mr R Hodge. Hodge was previously the manager for C.S Swan & Hunter at Wallsend. For £6,000, Hodge transferred ownership only a year later to the Northumberland Shipbuilding Co., who were the mainstays at the yard for the rest of its life.

The company changed hands in 1918 to Workman Clark, a Belfast shipbuilder. A brief period in 1926 saw work stop, though restarted and continued until 1930. 343 ships were built under the Northumberland brand, meaning about 400 were constructed here in total for naval, trade and passenger purposes.

The yard was sold to National Shipbuilders and dismantled in the 30s.

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

Ordnance Survey, 1899

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Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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