About the Tyne Built Ships Website
Authors: George Robinson and David Waller|
We are indebted to the many visitors to this site for supplying encouragement, additional information and photographs. There are too many people to list here, but they know who they are and we say a big "Thank you" to them.
Searching for a Ship:
If you are looking for a particular ship, select "Ships" on the top menu. An alphabetical grid is now displayed, select the initial letter of the ship name that you are looking for. An alphabetical list of ships is then displayed. Scroll down to the required vessel and click on the name, this will open up the ship record.
Ships are listed by their inital delivered names, a ship launched as one name but delivered as another name will be stored by the delivered name.
If the ship name you are looking for is not the delivered name then use the advanced search facility on the "Home" page. This will search all ship and shipbuilder records for the required name.
Searching for a Shipbuilder:
If you are looking for a particular shipbuilder, select "Shipbuilders" on the top menu. An alphabetical grid is now displayed, select the initial letter of the shipbuilder's name that you are looking for. An alphabetical list of shipbuilders is then displayed.
The index of shipbuilders includes approximate dates of activity and an approximate number of ship records. These are guides to help in the selection of the shipbuilder. The major shipbuilders are therefore easily identified.
Having selected a shipbuilder, a list of vessels built by the shipbuilder is then displayed. These are listed in yard number order where yard numbers are known, otherwise they are listed by year and alphabetically within the year.
Searching for Shipbuilders in an Area:
Shipbuilders are also searchable by Town or District. Select "Shipbuilders" from the top menu, a map of the Tyne is now displayed. Each of the Towns or Districts on the map are click sensitive and clicking on the names will present a list of shipbuilders within that Town or District
Searching for ships built in a particular year:
Shipbuilding output for a particular year is also available. Select "Shipbuilding Output by Year" from the bottom menu. This displays a matrix of years with a particular "Century" on view. To change to a different century, select the required century from the left hand column and then select the required year from within the matrix of years.
Technical data from Lloyds Registers, Mercantile Navy Lists, Starke Schell Registers, Miramar Ship Index and contemporary newspapers. Sailing ship histories from Richard Keys' Dictionary of Tyne Sailing Ships and JJ Colledge & HT Lenton for warship details. We are indebted to Kevin Blair, Richard Cox and Clive Ketley for making their photographic collections available. Also Ships Nostalgia, Sea the Ships and Photoship for many other photos, which have been credited to the appropriate copyright holder where possible. David Asprey, Ian Buxton, Bill Harvey, Ian Rae & Andreas von Mach have provided many ship histories.
Sailing Vessel Rigs:
See Sailing Rigs for a pictorial description of the various sailing vessel rigs mentioned on the site. The "Snow" is not shown on the list, but is similar in outline to the "Brig" except that the aft sail is carried on its own small mast which is positioned close to and immediately behind the second main mast.
This website is a "work in progress" and therefore new ships and shipbuilders will be added as and when new or more accurate information becomes available. Any errors in the data are both unintentional and our own, we welcome any information that adds to the knowledge base.
Our apologies for the simplicity, and poor quality, of the HTML code on this site. Our objective has to been to create a site that is easy to use without the overhead and restrictions of a database.
We would be pleased to hear from you if you are able to provide additional or updated ship histories and also photographs.
We also welcome your comments good or bad and to contact the site please use: firstname.lastname@example.org