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Fletcher, Son and Fearnall

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Henry Fletcher, Son and Fearnall, marine engineers, of Union Docks, Limehouse, London, and Tilbury

1818 Business established

1819 Mentioned as Fletcher and Co, Union Dock, Limehouse.[1]

1820 Advertisement. 'Schooner LADY LEITH, 166 tons per register, foreign built, has been wood-sheathed, and had thorough repair in Messrs. Fletcher’s and Fearnall’s Union Dock; is remarkably strong vessel, sails well, and is well adapted for the Mediterranean, Newfoundland, Coasting Trades...'[2]

c.1824 Thomas Joseph Ditchburn took on the management of the extensive shipbuilding establishment of Messrs. Fletcher and Fearnell, at Limehouse

1826 Mention of Fletcher, Son and Fearnall, shipbuilders.[3]

1859 Bankruptcy. 'Name and description of the Debtor, as in the Deed - John Thompson Fletcher, of Park-villa, Belvedere road, Upper Norwood, in the county of Surrey, late of No. 15, Upper Hamilton-terrace, St. John's Wood, in the county of Middlesex, out of business, and also late carrying on business as a Shipbuilder and Shipwright, at Union Dock, in the parish of Shadwell, and county of Middlesex, in partnership with Thomas Keddey Fletcher, under the style or firn of Henry Fletcher, Son, and Fearnall'[4]

1869 Partnership dissolved. '... the Partnership heretofore subsisting between us the undersigned, John Thompson Fletcher and Thomas Keddey Fletcher, trading under the tirm of Henry Fletcher, Son, and Fearnall, Shipbuilders and Shipwrights, at Union Dock Limehouse, in the county of Middlesex, has this day been dissolved by mutual consent...'[5]

1896 Partnership dissolved. '...the Partnership heretofore subsisting between the undersigned Henry Marshall Fletcher and Reginald George Fletcher carrying on business at Union Docks Limehouse in the county of Middlesex as Shipwrights and Engineers under the style or firm of Henry Fletcher Son and Fearnall has this day been dissolved by the retirement of the said Henry Marshall Fletcher. The debts due to the firm will be received and the debts due from the firm will be paid by the said Reginald George Fletcher who carries on the business as heretofore...'[6]

1896 The company of Fletcher, Son and Fearnall was registered on 10 December, to take over the business of the firm of the same name, ship repairers and engineers. [7]

1899 Constructed a new graving dock

1922 Ship Repairers and Dry Dock Owners. Directors H. K. Fletcher (Chairman and Managing), E. H. Fletcher (Managing), W. S. Bailey, H. C. Pelly, T. P. Little and J. M. Wilkinson (also Secretary).

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Sources of Information

  1. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Monday 22 November 1819
  2. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Tuesday 14 March 1820
  3. Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser - Tuesday 22 December 1829
  4. The London Gazette Publication date:22 October 1869 Issue:23548 Page:5700
  5. The London Gazette Publication date:20 July 1869 Issue:23518 Page:4080
  6. The London Gazette Publication date:18 August 1896 Issue:26769 Page:4716
  7. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908