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Nelson, Donkin and Co

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of Newcastle and North Shields

1871 Signed a petition to the Mayor of Newcastle concerning the effects of the engineering dispute in Newcastle[1]

1874 The company's screw steamer Sidra was lost between Malta and Suez[2]

1875 The company's vessel Kynance sunk after collision in the Channel[3]

1875 Loss of the steamer Biscay off Jutland[4]

1876 The screw-steamer Bothnia caught fire and sank in the Atlantic[5]

1876 Loss of steamer Genoa off Cadiz[6]

1881 Launch of large screw-steamer by Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Co at their Jarrow yard[7]

1886 The steamer Corinth was rammed and sunk by HMS Firebrand[8]

1887 The compound engines of the Suez were replaced by quadruple expansion engines by Central Marine Engineering Co, the first use of this type of engine in Britain[9]

1888 The Darien, carrying coal, was lost in a fierce gale; she had been built at Jarrow in 1881[10]

1893 Edwards Shipbuilding Co, a yard on the North-East Coast of England, received an order for two 5,000t vessels from Nelson, Donkin and Co of London (sic)[11]

1894 Death of Thomas Nelson[12]

1895 Moved to 12 Great St Helens (London?)[13]

The company were ship and insurance brokers

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Sources of Information

  1. The Newcastle Courant, May 26, 1871
  2. The Dundee Courier & Argus, March 23, 1874
  3. The Bradford Observer, May 04, 1875
  4. The Dundee Courier & Argus and Northern Warder, October 12, 1875
  5. The Leeds Mercury, March 3, 1876
  6. The Daily Gazette, November 20, 1876
  7. The Newcastle Courant, May 20, 1881
  8. The Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, January 25, 1886
  9. Northern Echo, October 14, 1887
  10. The Newcastle Weekly Courant, January 20, 1888
  11. The North-Eastern Daily Gazette, July 15, 1893
  12. Northern Echo, July 3, 1894
  13. The Times, Dec 20, 1895