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Thomas and William Smith

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of Guildhall, and St Lawrence Newcastle-on-Tyne; the rope making part of T. and W. Smith

1782 Company established.

1810 Thomas Smith (of Newcastle), with his sons Thomas, junior, and William, started a ship building business at St.Peter's taking over the shipyard of William Rowe - see T. and W. Smith

1850 Thos and Wm Smith, rope manufacturers, St Lawrence; ship builders St Peters Dock, New Dock, North Shields; merchants, 2 Broad Chare[1].

1864 The prospectus was announced for a new company Alliance Ship-Owning and Ship-Building Co which would absorb the business and the fleet of long established Indian and Eastern trader Thomas and William Smith and the freehold dockyard in Limehouse of Messrs Young, Son and Magnay. Existing owners would have shares in the new entreprise. All of the Assets were fully engaged[2]

1869 The Graving Dock at North Shields occupied by Messrs Thomas and William Smith was advertised to be let[3]

1889 Launched a steel screw steamer from the North Shields yard for Dixon, Robson and Co[4]

1889 Wire-rope making. T. and W. Smith of St. Lawrence Ropery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1898 Thomas and William Smith, rope manufacturers, St Lawrence; offices 11 Queen St[5].

1914 Manufacturers of high-class steel wire ropes for all purposes. [6] of Guildhall, Newcastle on-Tyne. Directors: Mrs. Eustace Smith, Clarence D. Smith (Managing Director), R. Eustace Smith.

1920 Their ropes were said to have been used in the building of Sydney Harbour Bridge[7] (but this date is wrong)

1924 One of eight companies merged into British Ropes Ltd on its formation[8].

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Ward's Northumberland & Durham Directory, 1850
  2. The Standard, April 18, 1864
  3. The Newcastle Courant October 1, 1869
  4. The Newcastle Weekly Courant, July 20, 1889
  5. Ward's Directory of Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1898
  6. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  7. Lost Industries of the Tyne by Alan Morgan, Ken Smith and Tom Yellowley. Published 2013. ISBN 978 1 85795 216 2
  8. National Archives