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On page 42, re 'Austin', it was stated that Mr. Thomas (Tom) Millar was General Manager at Austin's from about 1950 through 1957/58.

You may well wish to know that he was, earlier in his career, Managing Director of Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, of Troon, Ayrshire.

Anyway Tom was the Austin's General Manager at the time when the company's ownership was in transition & the yard became a part of 'Austin & Pickersgill Limited' - when Austin's & 'W. Pickersgill & Sons Limited' merged in 1954.

That's Tom Millar (1903/1987) at left above, by the way, taken from the two images that appear below. And at right above is Isobel (Pat) Millar, Tom's wife.

In Tom's effects (he passed away in 1987) were a number of wonderful launching party images, most particularly re the launches of Ardingly, Borde, Hackney & Wallarah. All are truly quite magnificent images & each is visible via the linked listings. But, as an example of those images, you can see right here one of the 4 - the fine photograph re Ardingly, launched in 1951.

Included, however, in Tom's effects were two launch images where the identity of the ship being launched is not known. Tom Millar, (Tom Millar's son that is!) thinks that the lower image below may be of either Kirkham Abbey or Byland Abbey, launched respectively in 1956 & 1957, but he is not sure.

So we seek your assistance. If you can help in any way, do be in touch - respecting the identification i) of the ships concerned & ii) of the names of the folks in the two following launching images.

Here are the two launch images of vessels today unidentified.

The names of the folks in the image immediately above. Hopefully this short list, today, will soon get longer with your help! 5 - Isobel (Pat) Millar, 9 - A. H. (Harry?) W. Dawson, 18 - Thomas (Tom) Millar, General Manager, A & P.

The names of the folks in the image immediately above. Hopefully the short list, today, will soon get longer with your help! 17 - Mr. E. Workman, Chairman, 22 - A. H. (Harry?) W. Dawson, 23 - Isobel (Pat) Millar, 25 - Thomas (Tom) Millar, General Manager, A & P.

Tom also has the identification panel from another Austin's ship launching party from the 1950s - a large group from the number of names that are listed (42). The panel appears below but the related photograph is, alas, gone. Identifying the ship concerned would be a major achievement from such unusual & limited data.


In 1945, Henry Thomas Hardy retired from the role of Chief Draughtsman at S. P. Austin & Son, a position he had held since 1913. Indeed, his total service at the shipbuilding firm exceeded 50 years. In the King's Birthday Honours List of 1946, published in the London Gazette on Jun. 24, 1946, Mr. Hardy was honoured by King George VI by being inducted, for his war-time service, as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). His many colleagues at the firm joined him at a fine dinner held in his honour on Jul. 16, 1946, at the Grand Hotel in Sunderland, a dinner presided over by Mr. F. W. Dugdale, then the company's managing director. Mr. Hardy is third from the right in the image below while Mr. Dugdale is at the extreme right. A larger image is available with a click of your mouse.

Jan Robinson's family has a long association with the city of Sunderland. We thank Jan both for her guestbook message & for providing the above image & the related article from the 'Sunderland Echo and Shipping Gazette' re Henry T. Hardy (1873/1950), her grandfather.

'J. Young' means James Young who was, I learn, the General Manager of the firm as per an announcement published in 1955 which referred to his death.


A small 1954 volume of oblong format, entitled 'Shipbuilding & Repairing', published by 'S. P. Austin & Son, Ltd.' (as per the cover of the volume) or maybe by 'S. P. Austin & Son Ltd.' (as per the frontispiece i.e. no comma). It covers, I have read, by 'eBay University', the history of the shipyard from 1826 to 1954. A copy of the volume was sold via eBay for GBP 40.00, in early Sep. 2007. Another copy was sold via eBay on Jul. 18, 2016 for GBP 25.00. By 'magicstarsandsmarties' whom we thank. The (webmaster modified) images below are from the later sale.

Can I invite any site visitor who has a copy of that volume, to be in touch. It would be good to make the volume available through these pages, from cover to cover.


In late 1976, Austin & Pickersgill Limited published a booklet entitled 'Austin & Pickersgill Limited  150 years' - to document the histories of the three companies which together came to form that company i.e. 'S. P. Austin', 'Wm. Pickersgill' & 'Bartram and Sons.' And to set out the company's then plans to both reconstruct & expand the shipbuilding facilities located at Southwick.

The booklet is of 20 pages & is most scarce. Images of the booklet have been provided to the webmaster & I present here all 20 pages to permit site visitors to both see & read an interesting document which today assumes some historical importance.

Each thumbnail image below is 'clickable'. And each image you come to is also 'clickable'.



We thank Alan Vickers for bringing to the attention of the webmaster the fine content of 'A and P News', the employee journal of Austin & Pickersgill Limited. Issue No. 1, the very first issue, was published in Mar. 1975. About 10 years later the last issue was published, issue No. 43 of Winter 1985. Fine content? Yes indeed. In Alan's words:-

'There were articles in the magazines on all sorts of subjects - new orders, the financial health of the company, sport, new orders, list of ships, the re-development of the Southwick Shipyard, an aeroplane that was built by one of the yard electricians, a house that was built by an employee, apprentice awards and results, new appointments, retirements, new telephone system, health & safety, shipyard medical care, Queen Alexandra Bridge, Durham Cathedral (1 & 2), Penshaw Monument, Vaux Brewery, etc.'

Also included, I now know, were articles of wide interest related to the history of Sunderland ship building, with pages on the histories of Austin, Bartram & Pickersgill derived from the manuscripts of James W. (Watson) Corder. Coverage of 'Recollections of Southwick', an interesting manuscript written, at or about 1893, by Luke Crown. Articles by Peter Gibson on the history of Southwick. And much more, on a host of subjects over the years.


The magazine, originally published bi-monthly, was developed & produced for the company by Riley (Advertising) Ltd., of Newcastle upon Tyne, & printed by Inkerman Publications, of Sunderland.

For many years Peter Finley was its editor, until issue #33 when Simon Wallace assumed that role. From the beginning of 1985 the editions were quarterly. The last issue, as already indicated, was No. 43, Winter 1985

We present next the final issue complete. Volume #43 of Winter 1985. Of 16 pages. Each thumbnail image below is 'clickable' so you hopefully can read every word at the image that you come to. If you hover your mouse over each thumbnail, you can read a few words as to that particular page's content.


There were surely many other publications re Austin & Pickersgill Limited. It would be wonderful if a site visitor could provide images of each of the pages of them, as re the item above.

1) The first such booklet of which I am aware, is re the SD18, as follows, an eBay item. I do not know when it was published or how many pages it has. It sold for GBP 25.00 or U.S. $38.15 on May. 15, 2009.

2) The second such booklet of which I am aware, is an A4 landscape 28 page stapled booklet published by the company.

It describes the classes of ships built including SD14. Extensively illustrated with full page colour photographs of the yard and shipbuilding process, & ship exterior & interiors including an aerial view of the yard & a plan of that yard. Plus basic black & white plans of the SD ships 9, 14, 18 & 22 and same for B26, B30 & B35 - all annotated with design features, main dimensions etc. Not dated but post-1977.

All that ex an eBay item which sold for GBP 12.53 or U.S. $20.15 on Sep. 16, 2012.

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