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LUKE CROWN - 'RECOLLECTIONS OF SOUTHWICK'

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'RECOLLECTIONS OF SOUTHWICK' - A MANUSCRIPT BY LUKE CROWN

In or about 1893, Luke Crown commenced writing a manuscript about Southwick. And apparently added to it as the years passed by. His manuscript has survived, or at least a copy of it has survived, & that copy is today is in the Sunderland Central Library archives. It is available, as a 'pdf' file here, transcribed by Adrian Abbott (thanks!). It is not known if the original exists today. It makes interesting reading for anyone interested in 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.

In Aug. 2011, Alan Vickers drew to the webmaster's attention the content of 'A and P News', the employee journal of Austin & Pickersgill Limited - for about 10 years. That journal, in three of its issues, provided its readers with Luke's text, embellished in a way that you may well find to be most attractive, as the webmaster certainly does. In 7 pages, each of which you can read below. I do hope that the text within the images below is legible to everybody. It certainly is legible to the webmaster's tired old eyes!

Luke Crown? The name, incidentally, is usually pronounced as in 'Crone' & the shipyard as 'Crones'. He was, per Adrian Abbott, a shipwright, born in Monkwearmouth in about 1839. So he would have been about 54 years of age when the manuscript was commenced. The family owned shipyard is covered on site here, though the text at that location primarily relates to the 'John Crown & Sons' shipyard, founded in 1847, & located at Strand Slipway, Monkwearmouth. Within the pages that follow, specifically here, Luke talks extensively of a John Crown shipyard which was located at Southwick.

The pages reproduced here were published in three editions of 'A and P News', specifically, re the first 3 pages, in Issue No. 12 of Jan. 1977, re the next two pages, in Issue No. 13 of Mar 1977, & re the final two pages, in Issue No. 14 of May 1977.

We thank Alan Vickers for making these pages widely available via this website & for his efforts in scanning the many pages.

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