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T. H. Pile and Company, shipbuilding firm at Hartlepool
Thomas Hunter Pile’s family were shipbuilders on the River Wear, about twenty miles (32 km) north of Hartlepool.
1853 His brother, John Pile, had started shipbuilding in West Hartlepool. His firm, John Pile and Co, was successful and soon needed to expand.
1863 A shipyard nearby became available; John Pile asked Thomas to run it under his own name.
1866 Business was good until 1866. Then the bank the firm was using went out of business. All the money was lost, and the firm was forced to close.