TYNE BUILT SHIPS
A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built

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Shipbuilder: William Cleland, Willington Quay (1866 - 1872)
Shipbuilder: William Cleland & Co Ltd, Willington Quay (1872 - 1876)

Above: A section from the Ordnance Survey map for 1897

William Cleland established his yard at the Willington Slipways in 1866 (see the above map and the site is between the Tharsis Copper Works and the Tyne Iron Shipbuilding yard). This yard had previously been operated by a number of shipbuilders before he moved there. William Cleland had Clyde origins and was initially a manager for T & W Smith of North Shields. In the 1860s he left Smiths and moved to the yard of Palmer Brothers at Willington Quay. However after Palmers became a limited company in 1865 he left to begin business for himself. The business was incorporated as a limited liability company in 1872.

The following vessels were built by the companies:

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
3 1872 Anne Smith D / H
5 1873 The Princess D / H