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Shipbuilder: Palmer Brothers & Co, Jarrow (1852 - 1865)

Palmer Brothers & Co
Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co Ltd

The company was established in Jarrow in 1851 by local industrialist Charles Mark Palmer (later Sir Charles). Palmer had extensive coal interests, and became involved in shipbuilding with the aim of speeding up transport of coal from his County Durham mines. The yard's second vessel, the 'John Bowes' was the first commercially successful steam collier, and the first in a succession of colliers built by the firm, which remained at the forefront of steamship development.

The shipyard soon expanded, with its own iron and steel mills and engine works, while supply of raw materials was assured by the acquisition of an iron ore mine near the North Yorkshire coast. A second yard was opened at Howdon on the opposite bank of the Tyne in 1859. This was replaced in 1911 by the former Robert Stephenson yard at Hebburn (adjacent to the Hawthorn Leslie yard).

The firm continued to flourish through the first world war, but struggled during the post-war slump of the 1920s. The Depression of the 1930s proved to be the final straw. The steel works closed in 1931, and the shipyard followed in 1933. Jarrow was heavily dependent on Palmers, and the resultant unemployment (around 70% of the local workforce were unemployed by early 1933) led directly to the Jarrow Crusade of 1936.

The terms of sale of the yard prohibited further shipbuilding on the Jarrow site for 40 years, however the Hebburn yard was purchased by Vickers Armstrong and operated as a repair yard under the name Palmers Hebburn Ltd until 1973, when it was acquired by Swan Hunter.

The following vessels were built by Palmer Brothers & Co at Jarrow:

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Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1 1852 Northumberland (TT) D / H
2 1852 John Bowes D / H / P
3 1853 William Hutt D / H
4 1853 Countess of Strathmore D / H
5 1853 Northumberland D / H
6 1853 Sir John Easthope D / H
7 1853 Durham D / H
8 1853 Jarrow D / H
9 1853 Phoenix D / H
10 1854 Marley Hill D / H
11 1854 Pioneer D / H
12 1854 Ross D Mangles D / H
13 1854 Nicholas Wood D / H
14 1854 Isabella Croll D / H
15 1854 Volunteer D / H
17 1855 Dragon (TT) D / H
18 1854 Dragon D / H
19 1854 Cochrane D / H
20 1854 Alice D / H
21 1855 Samuel Laing D / H
22 1854 Champion D / H
23 1854 Black Boy D / H
24 1854 Tom Tit D / H
25 1855 Stella D / H
26 1855 Whitley Park D / H
27 1855 Black Sea D / H
28 1855 Normanby D / H
29 1855 Rosedale D / H
30 1855 Warrior D / H
31 1855 Elba D / H
32 1855 George Hawkins D / H
33 1855 Brenda D / H
34 1855 Hutton Chaytor D / H
35 1856 Minna D / H
36 1855 Napoleon (TT) D / H
37 1855 Sylph (TT) D / H
38 1855 Earsdon D / H
39 1855 Sardinian D / H
40 1855 Allies D / H
41 1855 Brigadier D / H
42 1856 Tyne D / H
43 1856 Marmora D / H
44 1856 Punch D / H
45 1856 Russian D / H
46 1856 Ida D / H
47 1856 St Petersburg D / H
48 1856 Stronstadt D / H
49 1856 Brighton D / H / P
50 1856 Moscow D / H
51 1856 Alfred (TT) D / H
52 1856 Terror D / H / P
53 1857 Terror (TT) D / H
54 1857 Jarrow (TT) D / H
55 1857 Norna D / H
56 1857 Seaton D / H
57 1857 Hampden D / H
58 1857 Narva
59 1857 Palmerston D / H
60 1857 Lifeguard D / H
61 1857 Bellona D / H
62 1857 Salama
63 1857 Innuit D / H
64 1857 Rouen D / H
65 1857 Adler D / H
66 1857 Mowe D / H
67 1858 Schwan D / H
68 1858 Schwalbe D / H
69 1858 Comet (TT) D / H
70 1857 Pilot (TT) D / H
71 1858 Hudson D / H / P
72 1858 Weser D / H
73 1858 Edward Hawkins D / H
74 1858 Indian tug (TT) D / H
76 1859 Cockerell (TT) D / H
75 1858 Unnamed Dredger
76 1859 Cockerell (TT) D / H
77 1859 Wave Crest
78 1859 Pomona D / H
79 1859 Myrtle D / H
80 1859 Berbice D / H
81 1860 Connaught D / H
82 1861 Hibernia D / H / P
83 1860 Southampton D / H
84 1859 Una D / H
85 1859 City of Exeter D / H
86 1859 Mathilde D / H
87 1859 Unnamed Dredger
88 1859 James Dixon D / H
89 1860 Unnamed Ferry
90 1860 Unnamed Landing Stage
91 1860 Unnamed Dredger
92 1861 Defence D / H / P
97 1860 Rangoon D / H
100 1861 Unnamed Ferry
101 1861 Era D / H
102 1861 Delta D / H
108 1862 Regina D / H
109 1862 Minerva D / H
110 1862 Europa D / H
111 1862 Fortuna D / H
113 1862 Lombardia D / H
114 1862 Morfa D / H
115 1862 Candia D / H
116 1862 Brindisi D / H
117 1862 Addison Potter D / H
119 1862 Iron Crown D / H
120 1863 Georgia D / H
121 1863 Virginia D / H
122 1863 Pennsylvania D / H
123 1863 Royal Alice D / H
124 1863 Royal Alfred D / H
125 1863 Surat D / H / P
130 1863 Europa D / H
131 1863 Mulgrave D / H
132 1863 Aurora D / H
133 1863 Latona D / H
134 1863 Hindostan D / H
135 1863 Fanny Lambert D / H
136 1863 Piemonte D / H
140 1863 Adriatic D / H
141 1863 Ranger D / H
142 1864 Admiral D / H
143 1864 Erin D / H
144 1864 Goolwa (TT) D / H
145 1864 Despatch D / H
146 1864 Thomas Lea D / H
147 1864 Eleanor (TT) D / H
148 1864 Grapeshot D / H
153 1864 Ontario D / H / P
154 1864 Helvetia D / H
155 1865 Scotland D / H / P
158 1864 Principe Tomaso D / H
161 1865 England D / H
163 1865 Sabrina D / H
164 1865 Grenadier D / H
170 1865 Miranda D / H
171 1865 Busy Bee D / H
172 1865 Africa D / H
175 1865 Mary Nixon D / H
176 1865 Earl Percy D / H
180 1865 A P Rehder D / H
189 1865 Ida D / H
191 1865 Atlas No 2 D / H
192 1865 Egret D / H
194 1865 Bwllfa D / H
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