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J. P. Rennoldson and Sons

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Ship Builders of South Shields

c.1800 Mr. George Rennoldson founded works in Wapping-street, South Shields, later known under the title of J. P. Rennoldson and Sons, Limited[1]

1863 James Purdy Rennoldson opened a slipway for small wooden craft in South Shields, near the Lawe.

1870s The yard began iron shipbuilding

c.1875 Charles Rennoldson became a partner in J. P. Rennoldson and Sons where he remained for 38 years during which he designed high-class tugs, salvage steamers, yachts and coasters.

Ald. J. M. Rennoldson, brother of Charles, was also a partner.

1890 The yard was reconstructed to build paddle and screw tugs which had been engined at the yard.

1899 A number of screw tugs were built for Australia.

1907 Hercules, a screw tug was built for the Suez Canal Company

1913 Charles Rennoldson left the partnership to start his own yard, Charles Rennoldson and Co

1914 Directory: Listed as Ship Builders of the Slipway, Shadwell Street, South Shields

1915 George V, a screw tug, was built for service on the Tyne along with a number of other vessels, notably Protector a pilot-cutter.

1916 The yard had four berths, the longest was 230 feet in length.

1929 The yard failed financially.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Obituary of Charles Rennoldson