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South Shields

South Shields, Raft Yard

South Shields

54.988387, -1.447385

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Opened:

1778

Closed:

1894

Owners:

Edwards Family (1821 - 1899)

Types built here:

Snow, Barque, Schooner, Brig

Customers (Not Exhaustive):

Estimated Output:

30

Construction Materials:

Wood

Status:

Redeveloped

Last Updated:

13/06/23

Description

A boat builders yard is shown on the 1850s town plan of South Shields at this location. Illustrated is a boat builders' workshop, cranes, an engine house, saw mill, steamer and multiple saw pits.

This was likely part of the Edwards Shipyard, operated by the family until the extensive construction of the High Docks and the Readheads Graving Dock in the 1890s. A shipyard had been present here from around 1788, and in 1818 consisted of a "dry dock, wooden shipbuilding yard and a fine dwelling house".

The Edwards family took over the yard in 1821 and did so through to 1894.

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

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