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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 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.

3 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.

4 1893 'Reflections of Southwick'

A manuscript written by Luke Crown in or about 1893.

5 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.


'Turnbull's Annual Maritime Advertiser and Shipping Register for 1856' 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. Click the image to start at the beginning, i.e. the cover.

It would seem that Turnbull's Register was published annually for a great many years. I have seen a reference to the 1876 edition being the 27th annual edition - the 1856 edition was the sixth. And have seen the editions of 1873, 1890 & 1892 available for sale. Alas at prices too high (in the range of U.S. $500) for me to contemplate buying the books & making the contents freely available via this site. Useful though that would be. Let us hope that some day Google Books scans some of the many editions & makes them available to all. The 1895 edition is the latest edition that I have so far spotted.

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 - commences 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).
Hartlepool - is here (sail only).
Goole - is here (sail only).
Hull - is here (sail), here (steam) as far as it presently exists.

Hopefully similar pages will soon be available for the rest of Hull & for both Scarborough & Whitby & a great number of other ports.


'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 that you used to be able to access here. (Not in Jun. 2018, however, I learn). 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 & also to Adrian Abbott's introductory words at the link above.

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 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 wish to 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 the Sunderland shipbuilders of 1946, were they today around to give their blessing, would be glad to see their 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 hopefully in due course will follow 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.

Getting the data back on site is not an easy process. Bear with me until the data is tidily restored.

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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