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WILLIAM TURNBULL & CO

A yard was laid out for Turnbull in South Stockton near the bridge by John Pile, formerly of Sunderland in about 1837. The yard was at a location between Spence's yard and the bridge, where the Clevo Flour Mills were eventually built. ( Note that the bridge referred to here would have been the 1771-built Stockton Bridge, as the current Victoria Bridge was not built until 1887 )

In 1844 the partnership of Robert Craggs and William Turnbull was formed and used the old Mellanby ( Castle Moat ) yard as well as the South Stockton yard, Harkess, who had managed Spence's yard, moved on to manage Turnbull and Craggs yard before returning to Sunderland in 1846. Harkess later opened a yard in Middlesbrough in 1854.

In 1850 a Lloyds visiting committee commenting on a 360 ton ship in progress, described Turnbull as highly respectable.

Output in 1852 was less than 1,000 tons and included The Countess of Seafield. In 1853 output was again below 1,000 tons. However in 1855 Turnbull built the Westminster, which is said to be the largest wooden ship built on the Tees at 731 tons and 165 ft long.

Turnbull died aged 52 in 1858, and his wife Ann took over for a short time.

In 1860 two ships were built - the William ( 177 tons ) and the Teesda1e ( 334 tons ). The Swift ( 81 tons ) appears to have been the last ship built by the Turnbull family.

It appears that the yard was then known as R. Craggs & Son, but it is possible that he had previously used either or both the yards mainly for ship repairing. This is shown on the 1857 OS map with a Patent Slip with a large capstan, presumably used for hauling the ships onto the slipway.

 

O.N.

Date

Name

Rig

Tons

Length

 

 

1839

EDMUND

Bg

225

78.5

 

6297

1839

JANE & ANN

Bg

204

83.1

Lost in Baltic 10/11/1867

26705

1839

SARAH RICHARDSON

Bg

247

85.2

Lost 7/9/1875

 

1839

WEST HENDON

Bg

163

73.5

Lost 21/12/1854

 

1844

PRINCESS

 

63

55.8

 

274

1845

EUPHRATES

Bk

295

94.8

 

 

1845

PRINCE

 

251

84.5

Wrecked 18/12/1845

 

1846

ANN & SARAH

Bg

288

97.6.

(a)

7807

1846

GEM

Sw

226

83.2

Lost 24/8/1862

6329

1846

SAMPSON

Sp

37

 

 

 

1846

VERNON

Sw

191

82.5

Wrecked Cleethorpes 28/10/1880

 

1847

JENNY LIND

Bk

333

103.5

(a)

22415

1847

RUBY

Sw

186

78.4

 

405

1848

SWALEDALE

Sr

201

85.2

(a)

23820

1848

CRAGGS

Bg

200

84.2

 

6309

1849

ORIENTAL

Bk

437

116.3

 

12917

1849

SCEPTRE

Sw

229

83.4

Foundered 12/4/1879

 

1849

TEESDALE

Sr

158

82.8

(a)

 

1850

GANGES

Iron Bk

279

91.0

 

6215

1850

MAGNIFIC

Sw

255

89.2

(a) Lost Vlieland 8/11/1869

401

1850

SCEPTRE

Sw

208

84.6

(a) Later Barquentine

 

1851

DIAMOND

Sw

143

75.8

 

13745

1852

CHIEFTAIN

Bk

310

 

 

26507

1852

COUNTESS OF SEAFIELD

Bk

436

120.5

(a)

18424

1852

MARGARET ELIZABETH

Bg

312

104.6

(a) Broken up 20/8/1879

 

1853

CELESTIAL

S

450

127.5

(a)

6326

1853

REGINA

Bk

350

119.7

(a)

14723

1854

ARIEL

Bk

393

124.8

 

6327

1855

WESTMINTER

S

843

165.0

(a) Lost 22/11/1865

6332

1855

WENSLEYDALE

Sr

168

86.0

 

19843

1857

ENGLAND

Bk

606

144.3

Renamed MARIA Y DOLORES and later ESPANA

 

1860

WILLIAM

Bg

179

94.0

 

 

1860

TEESDALE

Bk

334

111.5

 

 

1861

SWIFT

Sr

81

64.0

 

 

1863

ROVER

Sr

86

79.0

 

 

 

Abbreviations Bg=Brig; Bk=Barque; S=Ship; Sp=Sloop; Sr=Schooner; Sw=Snow; Pad=Paddle steamer.
(a) Built at South Stockton