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1 1826 'Sunderland Annual Shipping List for 1826'

A list of vessels registered at Sunderland in 1826. A 'Google' book.

2 1830 'Shipping List for the Port of Newcastle' as at Feb. 1830

A list of vessels registered at Newcastle in Feb. 1830. A 'Google' book.

3 1856 'Turnbull's Annual Maritime Advertiser and Shipping Register for 1856'

Ralph Turnbull's Register for 1856, with shipping lists for the ports of Sunderland, Newcastle, Hartlepool & many others. A rare volume - its content will be of interest to many researchers, I am sure.

4 1858 'Christie's Annual Shipping Register, Maritime Compendium, and Commercial Advertiser' for 1858

Published by John Christie, of Nelson Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, & available as a Google Book here. The volume lists vessels registered at many ports in the north-east, including Sunderland of course.

5 1893 'Reflections of Southwick'

A manuscript written by Luke Crown in or about 1893.

6 1946 'Where Ships Are Born'

A 191 page book, written by J. W. Smith ('Blue Peter') & T. S. Holden. First published in 1946.


We thank 'Google' for scanning this book & making it widely available. It has already proved to be most useful to the webmaster as he advances the listings of vessels built at Sunderland up to 1826.

The list is quite tiny. I have paired the pages to create images to make the data more easily accessible to site visitors rather than directing them to the 'Google' book and asking them to search for the applicable entry.

The cover is here. This page now has all of the data pages of the volume.


Again, as for the Sunderland list above, we thank 'Google' for scanning this book & making it widely available

The book's cover is here. All of the volume's pages are now on site excluding only the miscellaneous data pages at the rear of the book. Go here for the beginning of the sail pages, here for steam vessels & here for the names of vessels that had been lost.


'Turnbull's Annual Maritime Advertiser and Shipping Register for 1856.', the 6th edition of the register, is proving to be invaluable in this site's efforts to advance a complete & accurate build list of ships built at Sunderland since the late 1700s. Don't misunderstand me. The job is far from complete & probably never ever will be complete. But ... since the book is useful to me, it may similarly be useful to others - each for their respective purposes - hence my objective of putting it on site from cover to cover.

Physically the book is tiny, just 4 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches in size. The scanning is now complete - all 271 of the pages are now on site. A modest index is below the next images on this page. Here. Click the images to start at the beginning, i.e. the cover.

It would seem that Turnbull's Register was published annually for a great many years. An 1854/55 edition, the fifth edition, was sold by eBay on Dec. 28, 2018 - for GBP 57.00 or approx. U.S. $72.78. An 1874 edition, the 25th edition, was sold by eBay on Jan. 8, 2019 - for GBP 119.50 or approx. U.S. $152.58 with just two bidders. I have seen a reference to the 1876 edition, a Google book that one is not permitted to either read or download, being the 27th annual edition. The 1882 edition is in the collection of the Maritime History Group at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland. This page talks of the extent of the detail content of the 1885 edition. The editions of 1873, 1890 & 1892 are, in late Jan. 2019, available for sale. Alas at prices far too high (in the range of U.S. $500 per volume) for me to contemplate buying the books & making their contents freely available via this site. Useful though that would be. It would seem to me that such asking prices are way beyond their market value but then I am not a bookseller! Let us hope that some day Google Books will scan some of the many editions & make them available to all. The 1895 edition is the latest edition that I have so far seen references to.

If anybody has another Turnbull's Register edition in their collection, & would care to make it freely available, I will gladly pay the owner's postage to get the book to Canada for scanning. And will return it once the scanning is completed.

An 1874 edition, presumably similar to the one referred to above, has now come to hand. Hopefully it will some day appear in these pages from cover to cover. But not soon.

An attempt at getting you to the approximately correct spot in the book. Each page you come to is available in a larger size - just click the image.

Sunderland - the list of vessels registered at Sunderland - sail, steam, port data
Newcastle - the list of vessels registered at Newcastle - sail, steam, port data
Shields - the list of vessels registered at Shields - sail, steam, supplemental, port data 1 & 2.
Hartlepool - the list of vessels registered at Hartlepool - in 1855 - sail, supplemental, port data
Stockton - the list of vessels registered at Stockton - in 1855 - sail, steam & supplemental, port data
Whitby - the list of vessels registered at Whitby - in 1855 - sail, supplemental,
'Scotch' ports - 1856, re Aberdeen, Dundee, Grangemouth, Bo'ness, Inverkeithing & Alloa, Leith, Kirkaldy, Arbroath, Montrose, Peterhead.
Other data miscellaneous, advertiser pages, advertiser index.


Published by John Christie, of Nelson Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, & available as a Google Book here. Such data, though 'Google' available, is not particularly easy of access for most site visitors. I make available, accordingly, the following 1858 registration lists in an attempt at getting you to the approximately correct spot in the book. Each page you come to is available in a larger size - just click the image.

Sunderland - is here (sail), here (steam) & here (data changes).
Newcastle - is here (sail), here (steam) & here (data changes).
Shields - is here (sail), here (steam) & here (data changes).
Other English ports in alphabetical order:-
Berwick (sail only), Gainsbro' (sail only), Goole (sail only), Grimsby (sail only), Hartlepool (sail only), Hull is here (sail) & here (steam),  Scarborough (sail only), Stockton is here (sail) & here (steam), Whitby (sail only),
Scottish ports, (all sail only), in alphabetic order:- Aberdeen, Alloa, Arbroath, Borrowstoness, Dundee, Grangemouth, Inverkeithing, Kirkaldy, Leith, Montrose & Peterhead.

The volume also contains lists of vessels registered at the German ports of Hamburgh & Altona. I will probably make such pages available only where they prove to contain vessels built at Sunderland. Those interested in vessels registered at such ports can access the volume via the link above & scroll to the appropriate pages about 75% thru the volume.


'Reflections of Southwick' is a manuscript written by Luke Crown in or about 1893. Which covers the early shipbuilding history of Southwick, being an east to west journey along the north bank of the River Wear at Southwick, with a commentary on the history of each location & the shipbuilders that built ships there. The manuscript itself is, it would seem, lost to time, however a copy of the manuscript exists in the Local Studies Library at Sunderland. Adrian Abbott kindly converted such copy into a 'pdf' document & has kindly consented to it being available on site here. The manuscript was also featured in three 1977 editions of 'A and P News', the staff journal of Austin & Pickersgill Limited - you can access those here. We thank Local Studies, Adrian Abbott, & the 1977 editors of 'A and P News', for making this important document so widely available.

For more information about Luke Crown, I refer you to page 209. And to Adrian Abbott's introductory words to his 'pdf'.

The webmaster prefers not to reinvent the wheel. The manuscript is available as already indicated. However it is not available in a way handy to this site - I cannot, as an example provide a tidy link to Luke Crown's specific words on any one of a hundred different subjects from elsewhere within this site & that I would like to do. Nor can a site visitor use the site search facility at the foot of every site page to search for a particular word or phrase & find it within Luke's manuscript. Perhaps in the future, I will transcribe the text & show it in its entirety on this page so Luke's words can be readily accessed in context. With perhaps some modest spelling corrections - I doubt if Luke Crown, were he alive today, would object to such corrections - spelling was clearly not his forte. But ... that all must be a project for another day.



In Nov. 1946, 72 plus years ago as these words are updated, 'Where Ships are Born', written by J. W. Smith ('Blue Peter') & T. S. Holden, was first published. The book that I have available is the revised edition, published in Nov. 1953 by the 'Wear Shipbuilders Association', to commemorate the centenary of that organisation.

The book is of 191 pages. With a 2 page map at its end.

I include the book in the belief that 'Wear Shipbuilders Association' no longer exists having been long ago disbanded - & that there is, as a result, no remaining copyright holder. Should any party feel differently, & demonstrate that they have a copyright existing today, do please be in touch. I suspect that both the authors & also the Sunderland shipbuilders of 1946, were they today around to give their blessing, would be glad to see their words & history celebrated by making the volume available through these pages.

The broad scope of the book's content is really amazing. But ... my copy of the book is about 65 years old & the quality of the paper upon which it was printed is below today's standards. So the quality of the imagery that follows does leave a little to be desired.

The book was published in many editions. Some of the covers of those other editions are here (1 & 2).

Every page of the book was on site for many years, until a friend of the site recommended that I do not make the book available thru these pages until it can be established with certainty on what dates the two authors passed on - i.e. J. W. Smith ('Blue Peter') & T. S. Holden. You would think that that date re 'Blue Peter' would be easy to establish in view of his long association with the Sunderland Echo - but not so. So far I have not located any precise data. Can you provide one or other of those dates? If so, do consider being in touch.

I have now, in Nov. 2018, decided to again make the pages available, with the same undertaking as before, i.e. to remove the pages should any genuine copyright holder be in touch & so request. I am, I learn, not the only party who has chosen to offer the book in this way & with such an undertaking. The book is available cover to cover from the website of Sunderland Maritime Heritage, a registered charity in the U.K. A facsimile version of the book is even available - here.

I hope that the following will permit you to quickly access a particular chapter referenced in the index, (or a particular image referenced in the illustration index). Just find the page number in the two columns below & then click on the appropriate number as follows:- Frontispiece, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 25, 29, 31, 33, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 45, 46, 50, 51, 53, 56, 57, 59, 62, 63, 65, 67, 69, 72, 73, 76, 78, 80, 82, 83, 84, 86, 87, 94, 95, 96, 98, 100, 102, 104, 108, 111, 120, 122, 124, 125, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 139, 141, 142, 148, 150, 152, 155, 159, 160, 162, 164, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 174, 176, 178, 180, 182, 184, 185, 189.

Each thumbnail image below is 'clickable'. And the image on each of the pages can be clicked again to see that particular page in a very large size indeed.

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