TYNE BUILT SHIPS
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Shipbuilder: James, John & Paul Laing, South Shields (1807 - 1845)

The Scottish Laing family, John Laing and his son David, commenced shipbuilding in Sunderland at North Sands in 1793. John was also joined by his brother Philip, a yeoman farmer from Fifeshire. By 1804 Laing was the largest shipbuilding employer on the Wear.
The partners set up in business at South Shields in 1805 as Messrs John Laing & Co using an existing dock next to the dock and yard of Mr Fairles (marked as Young's Dock on the map of 1855).
The partnership was dissolved in 1822 and Philip set up at the Lawe with a "patent slipway near the sea". This was probably a piece of groung near the Low Beacon.
27/10/1832


Sale of "All that convenient Patent Slipway with the necessary machinery at the Lawe, East End of South Shields, as occupied by J Laing & Co, 567ft in length. Also buildings to the west of the same. Apply to Mr Philip Laing at South Shields."

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1807 James
1807 Plantagenet
1809 Monmouth
1811 Guadiana
1812 Royal Oak
1813 Borodino
1813 Pilot
1813 Pyrenes
1814 Castlereagh D / H
1814 Lord Niddry
1814 Peter Ellis
1815 Eastermount
1815 Lycurgus
1815 Solon
1816 Albion D / H
1817 Iphigenia
1817 Isabellas
1817 Minstrel
1818 Alliance
1818 Aquatic
1818 Granicus
1819 Carnation D / H
1819 Cherub
1819 Palambam
1819 Pursuit
1820 Hambletonian
1821 Bellissma
1821 Courier D / H
1821 Samuel & Sarah
1822 Montrose
1823 Britannia D / H
1823 Leander
1823 Malvina
1824 Carnation
1824 Corinthian D / H
1825 Africanus
1825 Fifeshire
1825 Sarah
1825 Vesta
1826 Troughton
1827 Clorinda
1827 Daphne
1827 Elbe
1827 Elvira
1827 Pegasus
1828 Premier
1828 Tancred
1829 Jane
1830 Alonzo D / H
1830 Vicissitude
1831 Gondolier
1831 Vistula
1845 Sea Park
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