Tyne and Wear HER(1970): North Shields, John Hearn's Shipyard - Details
North Shields, John Hearn's Shipyard
Marine Construction Site
A shipyardfor wooden vessels on the Tyne. John Hearn was carrying out repairs in 1779 and may also by this time have already been building: The 'Happy Returns' was built in 1781. Hearn built at least 23 ships between 1787 and 1806, but the total output was probably more than this. The yard headed the Tyne output of the vessels on the Newcastle Register in 1787. The 'Earl Percy' was his last vessel in 1806. 30 shipwrights were employed in 1804, 18 of which were apprentices.
<< HER 1970 >> J.F. Clarke, 1997, Building Ships on the North East Coast (Part 1, c1640-1914), p 28