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The increasing number of listings re Laing built vessels has already required a 2nd page - available here. The men in the water had little chance of survival and all but three died, but the three who survived were able to tell the tale of what happened to their fellow crewmen after they were picked up by a British patrol boat later in the day.

It would seem that the Laing shipbuilding story in Sunderland commences with two brothers. Philip (image at left) is of particular interest, (wife Sophia Lundy Laing). Able Seaman George Silessi swam back to the Belgium Prince and reboarded her, he was on board when a U-boat came alongside of the ship the early the next morning.

Geoff indicates that he cannot spot any indication of another bridge behind the railway bridge. (Efford) Beadon (1880/1916), grandfather of Eve Fisher (Clive's wife), was captain of Northerhay, at dates unknown, but probably to the time when the vessel was sold in 1909 to Italian owners. Built for 'Netherlands India Steam Navigation Company (Limited)', (i.e. I can find no WWW references to most of those matters, which is strange for a very late sailing ship, said to have indeed been the last sailing ship owned on the U. 100 Indians walked to the island through the surf at low tide - the Maldivians did agree to ferry the other 375 Indians ashore. Built for William Milburn & Co., of London, 'Milburn Line'. On May 24, 1892, while on her second voyage to Australia & en route from London to Sydney via the Cape of Good Hope with general cargo, the vessel ran aground on a reef & sank off the island of St. Salvage efforts failed & the vessel was declared a total loss. ('Furness') purchased the Rotterdam to Baltimore service & 7 of Neptune's vessels. Neptune became managed by Bolam and Swinhoe, of Newcastle, (maybe from 1904) & in 1910 Neptune was purchased by Furness.

Which would adjust the image dating to the late 1920s at the latest - since from 1927 to 1929 the road bridge with its distinctive arch was being built to replace the previous road bridge that had no arch at all. The image I show is not even, of the entire available image! You can see the whole set here & can see this particular image here. 27, 1909, the vessel was sold for 2,500 to Tomaso Gazzolo, of Genoa, Italy, who may however be the manager rather than the owner (have seen references to 'Tomaso Gazzolo Fu A', with the 'A' likely meaning Angelo, managers, of Nervi, Genoa), & renamed Nostra Signora Assunta. 31, 1916, the vessel, en route from Genoa to Norfolk, Virginia, U. A., in ballast, was sunk by gunfire, by U-34, Kapitnleutnant Claus Rcker in command. He left the ship, indeed left sailing ships, to become Captain of Lorca, a steam vessel, & lost his life when that vessel was torpedoed by U-49, 200 miles W. 'Nederlandsch Indische Stoomvaart (or Stoomboot) Maatschappij') ('Netherlands'), of Batavia, (today Jakarta, Indonesia). long, facilities for 20 passengers in 1st or 2nd class. 20, 1916, (defensively armed), by U-39, eight miles NW by N of Cap Corbelin, Algeria. The location being isolated, the decision was made to send a 26 ft. Per 1 (Milburn Line), 2 (6th item Port Douglas), 3 (Port Douglas), 4 (Kaikoura), 5 (underwriter ref.), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The cargo however is said to have been recovered by the enterprising locals. Per 1 (Neptune Steam Navigation, Venango), 2 (New York Times 1894 'snippet', 50% down), 3 (French data, Wilfred), 4 (Compagnie Gnrale Transatlantique, Wilfred), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The vessel is not however included in the Furness fleet list here.

Newcastle Libraries have kindly provided, on 'Flickr', a large series of images mainly Newcastle related. And can order a print via that page should you so wish. Activity increased during WW2, a period when it became of paramount importance that the WW2 shipping losses be replaced. 30 miles NE of Cape Palos, near Cartagena, SE Spain. U-34 was, I read, the 4th most successful German submarine in WW1, sinking 119 ships & damaging 5 more. of Ushant, (an island off the French Brittany coast), on Nov. Engines 'expected to drive the vessel at a high rate of speed'. Lawrence River with Vancouver of Dominion Line & was damaged. 1916), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long boat, one of only 4 ship's boats, to Colombo, Ceylon, 480 miles away, under the command of Chief Officer Bruckland. And sold in 1921 to Chinese interests (Jensien Transport Co., the managers), & renamed Yuan Ta. Which is strange because the underwriters accepted an offer for the salvage of the Port Douglas & for its cargo at 40% of value. 94.1 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed? The vessel served for many years on the Liverpool to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, route.

Sunderland came under aerial attack by the Luftwaffe - four men killed in one air raid on the 'Laing' yard in 1940. Sister to Westward Ho, built in 1884, also by 'Laing'. Claus Rcker was responsible, in his career, re 88 ships sunk & 3 more damaged. Intended for 'the conveyance of cargo, passengers, and troops between the ports of Java and other ports in Netherlands India'. To be fitted with a bullion room & a large gunpowder magazine. In 1891, 'Koninklijke Paketvaart-Maatschappij' took over the fleet of Netherlands. Lake Ontario's 'clipper bow' prevented critical damage to either ship but the Vancouver was out of service for three months. 31, 1898, the vessel collided with Hindoo, of Wilson Line, in the N. It happened at 47.35N/42.55W in a very heavy snowstorm. 123.1 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 12 knots. The boat was driven off course, survived a major storm due to the skill of Bruckland & Tollemache, Umona's 3rd officer, but did safely reach Colombo. The vessel was sold, in 1893, to British India Steam Navigation Co. She must have carried passengers, because it would seem that Kaikoura likely carried them to Hobart, Tasmania. The launch of the vessel was reported in 'Marine Engineer & Naval Architect' of 1913, but the text cannot be seen. Note that Miramar do not refer at all to Neptune or to Furness.

In 1793, David, his son, joined him in that business. David died very soon thereafter (in 1796, at just age 21. In 1804 they 'leased (or built)' a dry dock located on the N. Philip and John lived on Church Street, Monkwearmouth, near to the yard. The vessel was possibly picking up fuel from the French in Algeria. Silessi stated the U-boat fired two shots from her deck gun and the Belgian Prince sank stern first at about on Aug. Thirty-nine crewmen died in the North Atlantic, courtesy of Wilhelm Werner and the crew of the U-55, but what happened to the ship's master? Englischer bewaffneter Viermastendampfer, 4800ts, in Ballast auslaufend. He also makes no mention of taking the captain prisoner, a clearly evasive entry in the log of the boat to keep this crime a secret.

It now does, on site page - 160 - & it is interesting reading indeed. 15, 1901, at his residence at Etal Manor, Northumberland, after an illness of a fortnight), & the yard incurred major losses in part due to either or probably both of i) the 1907 conversion contract re HMS Cyclops - that seemed to be a puzzle, but the page that caused me to say that is no longer available, or ii) the building of three 'Lloyd Sabaudo' ships (Re D'Italia, Regina D'Italia & Principe di Piemonte) at a loss. A census in 1901 indicates that Bryan Laing, aged 25, an 'iron shipbuilder', was then living at Ford Hall along with his wife Eleanor, 4 domestic servants & a coachman. 100.6 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 13 knots. He was charged with war crimes, but fled Germany and never faced trial.During WW1, the yard built 18 vessels, of combined 109,924 tons. 15, 1917, King George V & Queen Mary visited the 'Sir James Laing & Sons' shipyard, to support the yard's shipbuilding efforts during World War I. 1890), 2 (DDG Kosmos), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). She lay in a somewhat awkward position for several days, but was eventually floated, without, as we understand, having suffered any damage. On May 15, 1903, the vessel was en route from Colombo, Ceylon, ex Calcutta, India, to Natal & Cape Town, Charles Hedley in command, with 475 Indian men, women & children aboard, 9 (have also read 10) passengers, & a cargo of jute & rice. Some famous images of the visit resulted, particularly one of the King bending down to speak with a very young rivet heater or paintpot lad - of about 8 years old - beside a furnace similar to that visible in the 'Joseph L. I find the data re the two 1917 'rivet heater' images to be confusing. One of the 'rivet heaters' was John Cassidy, I believe, but which of the 2 images shows him? but read on) image, of the 'Robert Thompson & Sons Limited' shipyard in the foreground & of the 'Sir James Laing & Sons Limited' shipyard across the river with the Ayres Quay area behind it. Built for 'Hamburg-Calcutta-Linie', of Hamburg, Germany, (A. The vessel must have been later transferred or sold to 'Hamburg Pacific Dampfschiff Linie' (also A. Bad weather was encountered - & the vessel approached the 'One and a Half Degree Channel' thru the Maldives islands late & at night. on May 15, 1903, the ship, 76 miles off her course due to ocean currents, ran aground at Suvadiva Atoll, Maldive Islands. One seems to be at the 'James Laing' yard & the other at the 'Joseph L. A correspondent has suggested that the image, of 'Laing's Bend', dates to the 1930s, before Laings built their main berth launching downstream. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Gayner, of Sunderland, who I now see still owned the vessel in 1908/09 per Lloyd's Register ('LR'). 1910, the vessel was dismasted off La Plata, Argentina, & was towed in that condition into Pernambuco, now Recife, Brazil, ii) that in Mar. Kirsten), of Hamburg, since the vessel was sold by them, in 1898, to 'Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft Kosmos' (DDG Kosmos), also of Hamburg. The nearest island was 2 miles distant & at dawn a scouting party went to the island & sought help from 4 Maldivians gathering coconuts. It also was engaged, however, in other areas, including the carriage of cotton & grain from New Orleans, likely to Manchester. 'Robert Thompson', went out of business in 1930, so the image may date, in fact, from even earlier. Geoff Bethell, of New Zealand, advises that he has enlarged the image particularly in the centre top area where a bridge is faintly visible. I suspect so.), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 69.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 226.5 ft. The webmaster has a single LR ex Google Books available to him which lists the vessel, see at left. 1911 the vessel was sold (to whom I wonder) with no change of vessel name, iii) that during WW1 Wychwood was used as a naval receiving ship off Kirkwall (Orkney Islands, I presume), iv) that she later became a barge & was broken up at about 1923. Soon they returned to the ship with eight small vessels intent not upon helping but rather upon looting Umona. 24, 1891, on service to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Acquired for the company's weekly freight service between Rotterdam & Baltimore, Maryland, U. While detail is not WWW available, the vessel stove in some plates at Latchford, & met with other accidents in the Manchester Ship Canal, either through bad steering, or bad pilotage. 28, 1894, the New York Times advised that both Venango & Govino (built by Laing of Sunderland, in 1892) were a week overdue at Baltimore, having encountered a storm on their voyages from Rotterdam. I read that the company ran into financial difficulties & in 1906 Furness Withy & Co. From 1 (item #26, page in Norwegian, Asp), 2 (2nd Onega), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).

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