Recollections of a River

Craig, Taylor & Coals Shipyard. Shipbuilding caused Stockton to expand rapidly in the 1859s and 60s 1850 towns population grew by 250% due to the opening of the new iron shipyards on the north and south side of the river tees. The new technology associated with iron shipbuilding and its associated industries was to be a major cause of Stockton becoming an important industrial centre. The shipyards in Stockton changed hands many times. By the 1920s, when shipbuilding finally ceased, there were only 3 large sites left.; Ropners on the North bank, Richardson Duck and Co. and Craig Taylor and Co. on the South bank of the Tees.

4 thoughts on “Recollections of a River

  1. THE DISAPPEARENCE OF THE EUROPEAN SHIPYARDS IS REGRETABLE; IT IS A PITY TO SEE THE REMAINS OF THE OLD YARDS ALTHOUGH THIS IS BETTER THAN THE COMPLETE DISAPPERANCE. I LIKE THE OLD SHIPYARDS AND THEIR SHIPS (1915-1950), THAT IS WHY I APPRECIATE PAGES LIKE THIS ONE. THANKS A LOT.

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  2. B Scott.The building looking onto the River was Jack Skinners. They made and repaired for the Erection Dept which was part of that building. The flat roofed building which you can see directly behind is the R&D Offices. I worked as a Joiner on the building when it was made into the R&D. I left in 1962 so things may have changed after that.

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  3. The building behind the store was part of Head Wrightson Process Engineering Ltd (including the cost,accounts,purchasing,sales and shipping depts) Th R&D Dept was in the old custom house off to the right and up from the P.E.L building.

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  4. In my time at Head Wrightsons the building shown in the first photo was Jack Skinners shop. Adjoining was the Erection store. They did work for Heads Construction sites. Sending out equipment, tools mainly. The building directly behind these with the flat roof was the R&D Offices and Library.

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