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1 SHIPS BUILT BY JAMES LEITHEAD & CO.

& by later 'Leithead' names thru 1857

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JAMES LEITHEAD & CO. & JAMES LEITHEAD
ARROW LEITHEAD
(it would seem that references to Aaron Leithead are in error & mean Arrow)
ANDREW LEITHEAD

VESSELS BUILT BY 'LEITHEAD'

The 'Leithead's' shipyard listing can be found here.

A 'Leithead' build list.

The information which follows mainly originates from the 4 pages of the 'Corder Manuscripts' that relate to the Leithead's. The Corder Manuscripts, which comprise many volumes of hand written data assembled over a lifetime by James W. (Watson) Corder (1867/1953), are held in the archives of the Sunderland Central Library or maybe at the Local Studies Centre there. I am advised that binders of page copies are available for viewing by library visitors.

Understanding Corder's hand-writing can at times be difficult! The data has already been refined, & surely will be further refined in the future, perhaps in relationship to data recorded in Lloyd's Registers or from other sources. Corrections & additions are invited.

Two pages of the manuscripts are devoted to James Leithead, while a single page is devoted to each of Arrow & Andrew Leithead - in each case with the ships that they built - you can read the four 'Corder' pages in question here - 1, 2, 3 & 4. I would like to think that James Corder would have wished his research to be made widely available through this page.

The numbering at left below is the webmaster's numbering. No official lists would seem to exist. And beware! I have amended the Corder sequence so the vessels are in alphabetic order within each year - so you and I can find them easily. And some of the detail has already been modified to reflect data in Lloyd's Registers, (shown in brackets) & at least one additional vessel, the William, has been included also.

You can view the applicable editions of Lloyd's Register via this link.

VESSELS BUILT BY 'JAMES LEITHEAD & CO.' LATER JAMES LEITHEAD, AT LOW STREET, SUNDERLAND (15 known)

Per Corder:- in 1827 James Leithead went into business at Low Street with Wilton Chilton & with Marshall Bowey. The arrangement only lasted a short time. By 1829 Chilton was elsewhere on his own. Corder indicates that he did not know where Bowey went to. So from about 1829, James Leithead was on his own.

#

Name

Tons

Year

Rig

Built for

Of

Official No.

1

Acorn

201

1827

snow

John Ranson & Jos. Andrews (Wilkinson & Co.)

 

 

2

Catherine & Hannah

239

1827

 

William Dunn

Sunderland

 

3

Oak

222

1827

 

Will Dawson (Dawson & Co.)

Bishopwearmouth

 

4

Isabella

199

1828

brig

John Huseler? & Elliott (J. Milburn & Co.)

 

 

5

Gazelle

210/221

1829

snow

W. Nealands Robson (W. Robson)

Monkwearmouth

 

6

Medina

204

1829

snow

Thos. Wilkinson (Wilkinson & Co.)

Bishopwearmouth

 

7

Thomas & Mary

224

1830

 

Thomas Thompson

Monkwearmouth Lost 1845

 

8

Vigilant

237

1830

 

Hunter & Sherlock (Hunter & Co.)

 

 

9

Dart

244

1831

snow

Hoon family (Hoon & Co.)

Bishopwearmouth

 

10

John & Ann?

111

1831

 

John Ridley

Monkwearmouth

 

11

Courier

245

1832

 

Will Herring

Monkwearmouth Lost 1843

 

12

Medway

211

1832

snow

Thos. Wilkinson (Andrews)

Bishopwearmouth

 

13

Princess Victoria

235

1832

 

Hugh Panlon?

? Lost 1832

 

14

Shannon

313

1832

 

Horn & Scott (Horn & Co.)

Bishopwearmouth

 

15

Robert & Margaret

223

1833

 

Spence & Henderson

Bishopwearmouth & Newcastle Lost 1860

 

 

Boadicia - such limited data as I have about the vessel is here

420

1834

barque

Faucus & Co.

Newcastle

 

 

William Metcalf

447

1834

ship

H. Metcalf

London

4986

There would appear to have been no vessels launched in 1834 as the move of the shipyard to North Sands was accomplished. However, that is surely incorrect. Now listed above is Boadicia, a barque, launched on Jul. 22, 1834 by J. Leithead. And I now know that James Leithead launched William Metcalf, a ship, in Sep. 1834.

VESSELS BUILT BY 'JAMES LEITHEAD & CO.' AT NORTH SANDS, SUNDERLAND (24 known) & maybe from 1844 at Deptford & from 1847 at Pallion. However, Corder suspected that the Deptford & Pallion yards were one and the same yard.

#

Name

Tons

Year

Rig

Built for

Of

Official No.

 

Commerce - such limited data as I have is here

180

1835

schooner

'Clarence shipping company'

 

 

16

Cynosure

327

1835

barque

John & Jane Hay, ropemakers (Hay & Son)

Monkwearmouth

 

17

Jabez- such limited data as I have about the vessel is here

249

1835

brig or snow

Joseph Spence

Bishopwearmouth

 

18

Globe

376/439

1836

barque

Ord & Bell (J. Allan)

Bishopwearmouth

 

19

Jessie

175

1836

 

Will Woods

Newcastle

 

20

Midge

88

1836

schooner

Joseph Brough

Forfar

 

21

Erin

200/197

1837

snow

Thos Hood Henderson (M'Gavin of Dundee)

Newcastle

 

22

Marico

264

1837

 

John & Rowland Webster

Bishopwearmouth

 

23

Pet

186 1/2

1837

 

Will Woods

Newcastle

 

24

Regina

205/194

1837

snow

Humphrey Middleton (Middleton)

Bishopwearmouth, wreck in 1841

 

25

Sarah

132/110

1837

schooner

James Leithead (Walford & Co.)

Deptford

 

26

Andrews

239

1838

snow

Joseph Andrews, grocer (Andrews)

lost 1846

 

27

Ann

175

1838

 

Humphrey Middleton

Bishopwearmouth

 

28

Joseph

201/198

1838

snow

Humphrey Middleton (Middlton)

lost 1841

 

29

Wilsons

228/223

1838

snow

John Hunter (Hunter)

Bishopwearmouth

 

30

Elizabeths

228/195

1839

snow

Jos Andrews & others (Andrews)

 

 

31

Lena

268/299

1839

snow

James Leithead & others (Woods & Co.)

 

 

32

Martha (a partial history of the vessel is here)

262/262

1839

snow

James Leithead & others (Leithead)

Deptford

 

33

Cossack (a partial history of the vessel is here)

241/233

1840

snow

John Webster (J.Webster)

Bishopwearmouth

 

34

Elizabeth & Sarah

201/175

1840

snow

James Leithead, (Leithead) to Danson by 1851

Deptford

 

35

Janes

155/121

1841

schooner

James Leithead (Leithead)

Pallion

 

36

Breeze

211

1845

snow

Richard White (White & Co.)

Bishopwearmouth

 

37

Trafalgar

739

1845

barque

Duncan Dunbar

London

23080

38

Unknown name

743

1847

 

 

 

 

39

Victory

579

1847

barque

Wilson, to Fenwick 1851

London

 

40

Wellington (a partial history of the vessel is here)

480/588

1847

barque

Simpson, to Fenwick 1851

London

23023

Corder notes that in 1841 the yard 'closed apparently during the slump'. Re the last three items, Corder notes:- 'These quite a different class from the earlier records. did he build others not recap here. I can trace no more by James.'

VESSELS BUILT BY ARROW LEITHEAD - AT PALLION - (12 so far)

There is a gap of two years between James & above (i.e. Arrow). Corder notes:- 'in this year (i.e. 1850) Arrow & Andrew launched a large boat & then separated.'

#

Name

Tons

Year

Rig

Built for

Of

Official No.

41

Cambodia

806/914

1850

ship

John Hay

Sunderland

 

42

name illegible

 

1851

 

 

Sunderland

 

43

Sarah Margaret

240/232

1851

snow

J. Wright to Skerry

Whitby

 

44

William

590/703

1852

ship

John Hay, but almost immediately Wade & Co.

Sunderland then London

24738

45

Calabar

665/754

1853

ship

John Hay

Bishopwearmouth

4294

46

Eden

246

1854

snow

James Hay (John Hay)

 

26288

47

Sebastapol

804/859

1854

ship

Tweddel

South Shields

 

48

Sultana

722/775

1854

ship

Duncan Dunbar (Hdgkns'n)

London

? 25241

49

Coringa

867/906

1855

ship

John Hay

Sunderland

23551

50

Hermione - a partial history of the vessel is here

461

1856

barque

Richardson

Glasgow

13525

Corder notes:- 'These are the highest class of that day. Must have been good for Dunbar to take one for his Blackwall & India fleet.'

#

Name

Tons

Year

Rig

Built for

Of

Official No.

51

Dee

177

1857

snow

G. Leslie

Aberdeen

 

52

Neda

374

1857

barque

Thompson

Newcastle

12909

53

Waterlily

249

1857

snow

Russell (Russell & Co.)

South Shields

 

Corder notes:- 'These much smaller & lower class & it looks as if something had gone wrong. I expect the Hays who took his boats above had financed him & did not like the position as timber merchants but have as yet no detail & can trace nothing further. He is not a subscriber to the association in 1857 & may have closed in the slack time of that year.'

VESSELS BUILT BY ANDREW LEITHEAD - AT SOUTHWICK? - (3 so far)

Corder notes:- 'given as cousin of Arrow but according to my scraps of a pedigree was only 13 in 1850 & I think it surely was his father Andrew who joined Arrow his nephew in that year - on his own by 1851.

Luke Crown calls the Low Southwick man Arrow but certainly an error for Andrew. The yard lay next above Willoughby who was on W of Attwood's glass works.

"He launched some good ships" but I can find very few records in 1851 & '52 - nothing in Marwood 1854. I expect Crown mixed the two yards up in his recollections.'

#

Name

Tons

Year

Rig

Built for

Of

Official No.

53

Margarets

239

1851

brig

Will Middleton

Sunderland

 

54

Colinda

463/581

1852

barque

John Hay (Wm. Hay)

Bishopwearmouth

7381

55

Morris

218/201

1852

snow

James Hay (J. Hay)

Sunderland

5399

Corder notes:- 'As is noted under Arrow it looks as if the Hays financed, took over the last two boats & closed them down. My informant James son of Andrew Jr. might have been able to clear this up but perhaps did not wish to. He promised further details but I have not seen or heard from him since.' Such words were written by Corder in Oct. 1936.

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