The years 19 found Doxfords with the highest production of any yard in the world, and 1906 was practically a ship a fortnight, which was an achievement only surpassed many years afterwards.' The City of Sunderland advises us (a 'pdf' file) that 'In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford's to win the blue riband in 19 for the highest production rate in the world.' The webmaster had thought that the term 'blue riband' was reserved for the vessel which achieved the fastest passage between Europe & North America - but it would seem that the term had other usages. It would have been good to have been able to include the document on site. Marine engine building had commenced at Doxfords in 1878, but I read that in 1909 the first prototype of the Doxford Marine Diesel Engine, an opposed piston, airless injection oil engine, was built, design work having commenced some three years earlier. The Doxford family ownership connection with the yard & engine works ceased in January 1919, I read, when the company was sold to the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company (the only vessel I have so far seen referenced to 'Northumberland' is Success built 1919. In this case we have 'Robert Thomas & Co.' as 'managing owner'. 16, 1885, the vessel first sailed from London to Batavia (now Jakarta, Indonesia) & Brisbane. 1885 through May 1889 would be unlikely if a collier & it was probably a general cargo vessel. of Green Cape Lighthouse, Disaster Bay, New South Wales. In 1890, or maybe a little earlier since the vessel is listed as a barque in the 1889/90 edition of Lloyd's Register, the vessel was re-rigged as a four-masted barque. And can anybody ensure that I have the correct vessel images at left - there were a number of vessels named Mamari. Per 1 (Spanish page, Septiembre, image), 2 (link 1 translated), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
The Doxford East Yard was located on the North Sands at Palmer's Hill Quay, about where the Glass Centre is now, as was the William Pile yard through 1873. At that date there were five directors, & every one of them was a Doxford! Also as directors were, Robert Pile Doxford, Charles David Doxford, Albert Ernest Doxford & Robert Doxford. The webmaster has spent a large portion of his life creating such documents for public companies in both Canada & the U. The texts must now, & probably then also, be absolutely perfect but, truth be known, the 1906 notice texts are virtually identical to what would be said today, over 100 years later. Development work, suspended for the duration of WW1, resumed in 1919. Doxford of course used it in vessels they themselves constructed, but over a dozen other firms were licensed to also build it. But the name of Robert Pile Doxford on that patent, filed in 1920 & described above. to Vladivostok, Russia, with a general cargo, the vessel was wrecked off Taku Bar, or Tientsin Bar, nr. Shares were sold in the fleet vessels to many parties it would seem, including, of course, Robert Thomas himself. 26, (or 25) 1907, Maelgwyn's ballast shifted, presumably in bad weather. Per 1 (data, New Guinea), 2 (text, 2 images of wreck & links), 3 ('pdf' - many references), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Described as a collier but link 2 indicates that its voyages from U. In 2 days, the vessel slipped off the rocks & sank. In 1895, the vessel sailed from Astoria, Oregon, to Queenstown, Ireland, in 96 days. Hilliard, an apprentice, was granted the prestigious Sea Gallantry Medal for an incident on Nov. On May 4, 1905, the vessel left Junin, Chile, for Rotterdam with 2,600 tons of nitrate of soda. of Liverpool (or maybe, at the time, of Criccieth, in Wales). The vessel was possibly sold, in 1911, to French owners, per a long expired e Bay item, 'F. Some 1886/7 documents may exist at University of Exeter (Henry Parry Collection). Per 1 (history data), 2 (data, Kate Thomas), 3 (extensive data, India & Kate Thomas), 4 & 5 (both images), 6 (1885 ref. (Edward) Jones, shipbuilder, of Owned by 'Kate Thomas Sailing Ship Company', of Liverpool & there registered. Traded between British (mainly Cardiff) & Continental ports & South America with general cargo. 83.8 metres long, perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of ? Built for 'La Compaa Bilbana de Navegain', of Bilbao, Spain, which company named its vessels for months of the year.
William Doxford Page 1, page bottom (turret & whaleback vessels). It would seem that William Doxford and Sons, Limited was established by one William Doxford (1812-1882) in 1840, building wooden boats at Coxgreen (there are a great many references to 'Cox Green' but while Cox Green was correct (a train ticket is here), I understand 'Coxgreen' is correct today), some way upstream from the centre of Sunderland.
Indeed, the increasing number of listings re Doxford built vessels has already required a 2nd, 3rd & 4th pages - pages 053, 054 & 055.
The family members depicted include William Doxford (1812/1882), founder of the company (image at left) & W. The webmaster bid on the item, for inclusion in these pages, but was not successful. The next image depicts the railway shed at the Doxford Pallion shipyard on Apl. Four of the locomotives are crane tank locomotives ('Hendon', 'Roker', 'Millfield' & 'Southwick', from left to right) while at extreme right is saddle tank locomotive 'General'. I am advised that rail operations at the yard, ceased in Feb. Used on a single trip to Japan & then chartered to Philp. to launching, p.# 188), 5 (an 1895 image of the crew of Principality), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). A watercolour by Godfrey, of New South Wales, exists, but no WWW image of it seems to be available. The webmaster has a couple of editions of Lloyd's Registers, ex Google Books, available to him, see left. The webmaster has a couple of editions of Lloyd's Registers, ex Google Books, available to him, see left. Kate Thomas was towed into Southampton in a damaged condition. 1891), 4 (45% down, image), 5 (Hesione in 1st group), 6 [Houston Line, Hesione (1)], 7 (U-41), 8 (sinking, image), 9 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long, triple expansion engines, 2 masts, speed 10 or 11 knots, signal letters LFNP. Fitted for the New Zealand meat trade with refrigeration capacity for 40,000 carcasses. The vessel was sold, in 1903, to Houston Line of Liverpool, i.e. I have not read the circumstances or if there was any loss of life. Built for British India Steam Navigation Company, of Glasgow. An e Bay item said 'carried up to 1,667 deck passengers.' Sister to Fultala. '1897 during a particularly bad spell of weather whilst on passage she actually ran out of coal and subsequently burnt most of her wood fittings to make port.' Used as a troop carrier re the Boer War (Transport #30) & re the Boxer Rebellion. No loss of life, it would appear, however 4 indicates that 2 lives were lost. 11, 1890), 3 (launch, ex 'The Marine Engineer', of May 1, 1890), 4 (an Aug.
Theodore Doxford, his son, (1841/1916), later Sir Theodore Doxford (image at right). 1971, but that all of the 4 locos at left in the image, are preserved. The vessel was laid up in 1913, & in 1914 was sold to White Cross Steamship Co. The webmaster has a couple of editions of Lloyd's Registers, ex Google Books, available to him, see left. long, 78.75 or 78.8 metres, perpendicular to perpendicular. Also in 1906, the vessel was in collision with the steamer Pyrgos. 4, 1910, the vessel was sunk off Pendeen Light, Land's End, while on tow, in ballast, by Belgian tug John Bull, from Antwerp to Port Talbot, Glamorgan, South Wales. (Jack) Nelson, an apprentice, was the only survivor. 'Suffered a broken tail shaft when rounding Cape Horn in her year of build and had to be towed to Montevideo by the steamer Gulf of Corcovado.' Known, it would seem, as 'New Zealand Thief'! Very little seems to be WWW available about this vessel. The launch of the vessel was covered in 'Marine Engineer ...' of Jan. Do read the story at 1 'Possibly The Greatest Ever Repair at Sea.' (sheared propeller shaft in Feb. 1890 arrival at Hobart), 5 (Huddart, Parker & Co., 55% down), 6 & 7 (loss of Federal, partial crew lists), 8 & 9 (wreck data, Federal), 10 (4 images, Federal), 11 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
I do not know the name of the business when it was first established - maybe just 'William Doxford'?
Other family members, active in the early 1920s, are shown also. In 1956 the two parts of the business were placed in separate entities - re the shipbuilding side into 'William Doxford & Sons (Shipbuilders) Ltd.' (a booklet published by that company, likely in 1962, is here) & the engineering side into 'William Doxford & Sons (Engineers) Ltd.'. Penzance steamer India, of 364 tons, ran into the starboard side of Kate Thomas at 4 a.m. The vessel sank a few minutes (10 or 15) after the collision. 1900 while en route in ballast from Mauritius to Colombo, Ceylon, (now Sri Lanka). coast of Great Nicobar Island in bad weather en route Penang/Calcutta (or Madras) with cargo & passengers. 88.4 metres long, perpendicular to perpendicular, 290 ft., two masts, schooner rigged, speed of 10 or maybe 11 knots. Built to serve the Newcastle, New South Wales ('NSW'), Australia, & Melbourne coal trade. 1898 the vessel was chartered to Adelaide Steamship Co. Coull in command, with a crew of 30 all told (have also read 21, 29 & 37), left Port Kembla, NSW, bound for Albany, Western Australia, with a cargo of coal.
I have read that the company became 'Doxford & Sunderland Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited' in 1961, following a merger with 'Sunderland Shipbuilding, Dry Docks & Engineering Co. By the 1887/88 edition of Lloyd's, the vessel was owned by 'W. It would seem that William Mc Taggart, of Mc Taggart Tidman & Co., of London, was one of the partners that created 'Eastern & Australian Mail Steamship Co.' The vessel was engaged on the Australia to Singapore run until 1902 & then on the Australia to Hong Kong & Japan route. India, which suffered major bow damage, did stop at the accident scene. The vessel was given up for lost - it took 48 days to reach Colombo after the shaft sheered. Used to transport Indian indentured labourers to the colonies (5 such trips to Fiji, 1901 thru 1907, listed at 2 with passenger load of each trip indicated). The webmaster has just 2 editions of Lloyd's Registers available to him, ex Google Books, see left. And in early 1899, it would seem, was chartered to Huddart, Parker & Co. It would seem that the vessel ran into a full gale (a terrific cyclone) & possibly also fog.
A larger site there was purchased, I read, in 1870, known as the 'West Yard'.
I should mention, however, that the Queen Alexandra Bridge was not there in 1870. Do read the most interesting information available here, (the website of George H.