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Tyne

North Shields

Limekiln Shore, Smith's Shipyard

North Shields

54.999925, -1.446448

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Opened:

1839

Closed:

1890

Owners:

Thomas Smith, William Smith

Types built here:

Barque, Snow, Iron Steamship, Factory Ship, Screw Steamer, Gunboat, Pontoon, Barge

Customers (Not Exhaustive):

West Hartlepool Harbour & Railway Co., Dundalk & Midland Steam Packet Co. Ltd., Royal Navy, Bolckow Vaughan, Spanish & Portugese Steam Ship Co. Ltd., Government of Haiti, Marquis of Londonderry, Sultan of Zanzibar

Estimated Output:

135

Construction Materials:

Wood, Iron

Status:

Redeveloped

Last Updated:

13/06/23

Description

The first of Smiths' shipyards stood on Limekilns Shore in North Shields.

It was a covered berth, which meant the owners could achieve a higher Lloyd's vessel classification and further enhance their reputation. It was constructed in 1839 of timber and glass panelling. The berth was removed in 1890 with the expansion of the shipyard - the docks which are still extant today.

This shipyard produced vessels across various industries and for a plethora of customers. Wooden barques and snow ships were their predominant staple at first, but later developed iron steamships, gunboats and screw steamers for governments, navies and merchants.

Smith's later expanded into the Bull Ring Docks area.

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

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