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N Tyneside

Howdon, Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. Shipyard




Marine Construction Site


Early Modern


Documentary Evidence

A shipyard was laid out at Howdon by H S Edwards and Sons in 1883. Subsequent to Edwards’ death in 1898, the yard was acquired by Rowland Hodge, previously yard manager for C.S. Swan and Hunter at their Wallsend yard. Hodge transferred the ownership of the Howdon Yard to the Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. for £6,000, with Sir Christopher Furness, a West Hartlepool shipowner, taking a controlling interest in the company. In 1918 the yard was sold to new owners led by the Belfast company Workman, Clark and Co. for £835,000. They used the Northumberland company to create the largest shipbuilding combine in Britain. In 1926 the yard closed, but the following year re-opened as The Northumberland Shipbuilding Co. (1927) Ltd, with 7 berths and capacity to build ships up to 600 feet in length. The last ship was launched in 1930, the 343rd under the Northumberland name. The yard was sold to National Shipbuilders Security Ltd and later dismantled.




<< HER 2198 >> 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map, 1899, 6 inch scale, Northumberland, 98, NE The Archaeological Practice, 2002, Shipbuilding on Tyne and Wear - Prehistory to Present. Tyne & Wear Historic Environment Record.

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