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Above: Select the required shipbuilder by using initial letter of the surname eg: Armstrong, Palmer or Readhead.
KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D means basic dimensions are shown; H means a history is given; P means one or more photographs are available)


Shipbuilder: Sir WG Armstrong, Mitchell & Co Ltd, Elswick (1885 - 1897)


The above photo & yard plan of about 1884 shows the location of the Armstrong Mitchell Elswick yard. Water Street at the right of the map still exists today and the area of the shipyard and Steel Works is now occupied by the Newcastle Business Park.
The map and photo are courtesy of "Down Elswick Slipways" by Dick Keys & Ken Smith.

In 1847, engineer William George Armstrong founded the Elswick works at Newcastle, to produce hydraulic machinery, cranes and bridges. This was soon to be followed by artillery, notably the Armstrong breech-loading gun, which re-equipped the British Army after the Crimean War. In 1882 the company merged with the shipbuilding firm of Charles Mitchell to form Armstrong, Mitchell & Company.

The new company decided to build a new shipyard specialising in warship production, next to the armaments works at Elwick. This had not been possible to consider until 1876 when the new swing bridge at Newcastle replaced the low multi arch bridge that had stood since Georgean times. The new shipyard was built at the same time as the first ship from the yard, the PANTHER for the Austro-Hungarian Navy. With the completion of the yard, the works extended for over a mile along the north bank of the River Tyne.

Armstrong Mitchell merged again with the engineering firm of Joseph Whitworth in 1897, forming Armstrong, Whitworth & Co.

The following ships were built at the Armstrong Mitchell Elswick yard.

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
480 1885 Panther D / H / P
481 1886 Leopard D / H / P
482 1887 Dogali D / H / P
490 1890 Victoria D / H / P
491 1886 Rattler D / H / P
492 1886 Wasp D / H / P
493 1887 Chih Yuan D / H / P
494 1887 Ching Yuan D / H / P
497 1887 Isla de Luzon D / H / P
498 1887 Isla de Cuba D / H / P
510 1889 Piemonte D / H / P
512 1889 Castore D / H / P
513 1889 Polluce D / H / P
517 1888 Elisabeta D / H / P
537 1888 Russian Prince D / H / P
540 1888 Energie D / H
541 1891 25 de Mayo D / H / P
542 1891 Katoomba D / H / P
543 1891 Mildura D / H / P
544 1891 Wallaroo D / H / P
545 1891 Boomerang D / H / P
546 1891 Karrakatta D / H / P
547 1892 Plassy D / H
548 1892 Assaye D / H
564 1891 Sirius D / H / P
565 1892 Spartan D / H / P
570 1893 9 de Julio D / H / P
577 1891 Aral D / H
588 1892 Tiradentes D / H / P
589 1892 Republica D / H / P
590 1893 Aurora D / H
596 1893 Yoshino D / H / P
605 1894 Blanco Encalada D / H / P
609 1894 Tatsuta D / H / P
612 1895 Buenos Aires D / H / P
616 1896 Swordfish D / H / P
618 1896 Spitfire D / H / P
629 1896 Chacabuco D / H / P
638 1896 Titan D / H
639 1896 Esmeralda D / H / P