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Laing, page bottom (have had to disable it, a beautiful Lake Applet featuring a wildebeest, since it makes access to the whole page impossible. To search for specific text on this page, just press 'CTRL F' & then enter your search term. However at this time the Belgian Prince had not sunk and Werner even had some of his own men on the ship.Whatever data I now have in this section, will, almost certainly expand as new data is received. Pinkney, managers) of Sunderland, which company principally operated a Rotterdam & U. He did the same thing with the crews of the Torrington on Apr. 12 to the crew of the Toro, despicable acts of murder on the high seas.They purchased an old man-of-war, one of those "Leviathans," taken during the last war with the Dutch, and after cutting away all her superfluous timbers, converted her into a very useful floating dock for the repair of vessels.' On May 12, 1818, the John & Philip Laing partnership ended. I read that 3 of his sons worked at the Deptford yard. 19, 1860 (Queen Victoria being its first ship) & later filled in to make way for a fitting out quay (the dock gates apparently can be still seen to-day) and also (likely through 1818) a dry dock known as 'Cornhill' on the north bank of the river next to the Robert Thompson yard. The vessel was used, I have read, in the fruit trade. di Nav a Vap.' as the registered owner in 1930/31 & 'Levant Parobrodarsko Drustvo s.o.j.' in 1931/32, both of ibenik, Yugoslavia now Croatia. 7, 1931, the vessel was wrecked in the Adriatic, nr. The vessel must have been re-floated since it was later broken up at nearby Pola (should be Pula, Croatia, I believe) in Q1 of 1932. John, then 64 years of age, left the partnership & set up a shipbuilding business (1818/c1830) at Southwick with his son James. James, it would seem, was the offspring of a second marriage for Philip? James was Chairman of the River Wear Commission for 32 years & a Director of the Suez Canal Company. 'Cornhill' dry dock continued to exist long after 1818 & is visible in an 1898 Ordnance Survey Map of Southwick Urban District. A most interesting postcard image was provided to the webmaster in Aug. Which image you can see in black & white here and in its original sepia here.

It would seem that the Laing shipbuilding story in Sunderland commences with two brothers. Philip (image at left) is of particular interest, (wife Sophia Lundy Laing). Able Seaman George Silessi swam back to the Belgium Prince and reboarded her, he was on board when a U-boat came alongside of the ship the early the next morning.

At a site previously 'tenanted' by William Havelock. The University of Newcastle's 'Sine' project offers a print of the 'Laing' yard at Deptford in the period of 1825 to 1835. The vacated 'Bridge Dock' was later, it would seem, occupied by Mr. In the 1881 Census, I read that James was living at Thornhill Hall, Bishopwearmouth, with his wife, four sons, five daughters, & fourteen servants (14 more than I have! It depicted thousands of men (&some women) outside the Police Station & Magistrates Court in Sunderland, in an image which included an Empire Cinema poster with the date of Feb. The vendor indicated that it possibly related to a strike or protest meeting against unemployment as there was a depression in shipbuilding at that time. 12, 1908, Sunderland Town Councilcut off the electricity supplyto the shipbuilding yard of Sir James Laing as it owed them over 2,000.

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