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Shipbuilder: Schlesinger, Davis & Co, Wallsend (1865 - 1893)

Charles A Schlesinger was a former apprentice at Robert Stephenson's works at Newcastle and Frederick B Davis had trained at Charles Mitchell's yard at Low Walker. Davis had also worked for Mitchell in India for four years before he partnered with Schlesinger.

They opened a yard together in Wallsend in 1863. Two sailing ships were launched before their first steamer SS LLANDAFF was launched in 1865. The yard remained in operation for over 30 years and produced a total of 167 vessels including, in 1868, the SS KIELDER CASTLE, the first Schlesinger Davies vessel of over 1000 tons.

Davis bought Schlesinger out of the company sometime before 1881. However, in the early 1890s the company started to fail as ship construction declined across the whole country and the yard finally closed in 1893.

In 1897 the yard was bought by Swan Hunter for the construction of floating dry docks.

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1 1865 Mirella D / H
2 1865 Unknown yacht
3 1865 Llandaff D / H / P
4 1865 Fairwater D / H
5 1866 Hero D / H
6 1866 Unknown Cargo Ship
7 1866 Unknown Sailing Vessel
8 1866 Uhlenhorst D / H
9 1867 Alster D / H
10 1867 Aston D / H
11 1867 Edith D / H
12 1868 Pfeil D / H
13 1868 Kielder Castle D / H
14 1868 River Lune D / H
15 1869 River Nith D / H / P
16 1868 Leckwith D / H
17 1868 Prins Oscar D / H / P
18 1869 Malvina D / H
19 1869 H A Brightman D / H / P
20 1869 Sphinx D / H
21 1869 Resolute D / H
22 1870 Galatz D / H
23 1870 Owen Wallis D / H
24 1870 Frithiof D / H
25 1870 Filey D / H
26 1870 Ingeborg D / H
27 1870 Cingalese D / H
28 1871 Richmond D / H
29 1871 Annie Broughton D / H
30 1871 Brittany D / H
31 1871 Wenvoe D / H
32 1871 Laura Gillies D / H
33 1871 Urbino D / H
34 1872 George Carins D / H
35 1871 Palermo D / H
36 1871 Sedgemoor D / H
37 1872 Risano D / H
38 1872 Cornwall D / H
39 1872 Albert Edward D / H / P
40 1872 Pfeil D / H
41 1873 Schwalbe D / H
42 1872 John Dixon D / H
43 1872 Parsee D / H
44 1873 Caerleon D / H
45 1873 Altofts D / H
47 1873 Lisvane D / H
48 1873 Caesarea D / H
49 1873 Germaine D / H
50 1873 Cornubia D / H
51 1873 Udea D / H
52 1873 Corinth D / H
53 1874 Lavernock D / H
54 1874 Mardy D / H
55 1874 Prince Soltykoff D / H
56 1874 Dinas D / H
57 1874 Wycliffe D / H
58 1875 Cambrian D / H
59 1875 Saint Aubin D / H / P
60 1875 Cardiff D / H
61 1875 Louise D / H
62 1875 Llanishen D / H
63 1876 Copia D / H
64 1876 Silurian D / H
65 1876 Charles Godard D / H
66 1876 Eslington D / H
67 1876 Zero (TT) D / H
68 1877 England D / H
69 1877 Domino D / H / P
70 1877 Mora D / H
71 1877 Rheola D / H
72 1877 Llanedarne D / H
73 1878 Rosebud D / H
74 1877 Lady Bertha D / H / P
75 1878 Merlin D / H
76 1877 Cambronne D / H
77 1877 Mourino D / H
78 1878 Saint Audries D / H
79 1878 Raleigh's Cross D / H
80 1877 William Griffiths D / H
81 1878 Breton D / H
82 1878 Gabalva D / H
83 1878 Llandough D / H
84 1878 Saint Fagans D / H
85 1878 Anthracite D / H / P
86 1878 Hesleden Hall D / H
87 1878 Cornishman D / H
88 1878 Japanese D / H
89 1878 Suppicich D / H / P
90 1878 Bar Flat D / H / P
91 1878 Unnamed dredger
92 1878 Hetty D / H
93 1879 Penzance D / H
94 1879 North Devon D / H / P
95 1879 Llanarthen D / H
96 1879 Rheubina D / H
97 1879 Pioneer D / H
98 1879 G W Ward D / H
99 1879 Rose D / H
100 1879 Cora Maria D / H
101 1879 Castleton D / H
102 1879 Laurium D / H
103 1879 Mokta D / H
106 1880 Tafna D / H
107 1880 William Hartmann D / H
108 1880 Red Rose D / H
109 1880 Cadoxton D / H
110 1880 Escombrera D / H
111 1880 Landore D / H
112 1880 Cypriano D / H
113 1880 Libelle D / H
114 1881 Maud Hartmann D / H / P
115 1881 Saint Donats D / H / P
116 1881 Talabot D / H / P
117 1881 Llangollen D / H
118 1881 Teutonia D / H
119 1881 Mount's Bay D / H
120 1882 Lavrion D / H / P
121 1882 Benisaf D / H
122 1882 Boskenna Bay D / H
123 1882 Tagliaferro D / H / P
124 1882 Ville de Para D / H / P
125 1882 Ville de Ceara D / H / P
126 1882 Glen Dochart D / H / P
127 1882 T J Robson D / H
128 1883 East Anglia D / H
129 1882 Carbis Bay D / H
130 1883 South Wales D / H
131 1883 International D / H
132 1883 RTC Hopper Barge No 5 D / H
133 1883 Llangorse D / H
134 1883 Trojan D / H
135 1883 Cavendish D / H
136 1883 Mercia D / H
137 1883 Dalmatia D / H
138 1884 Obock D / H
139 1888 Orestes D / H
140 1884 Cymmrodorion D / H
141 1885 Handy D / H
142 1885 Salamander D / H
143 1886 Swift D / H
144 1887 Puffin D / H
145 1887 Kate B Jones D / H / P
146 1888 Tynesider D / H / P
147 1888 South Briton D / H
148 1888 Marguerite D / H
149 1889 Southwark D / H / P
150 1889 Benwick D / H
151 1889 Bentala D / H / P
152 1889 Ringmoor D / H
153 1889 Leconfield D / H
154 1889 Sullamut D / H
155 1889 Victor D / H
156 1889 H C Christensen D / H
157 1890 Beaver D / H
158 1890 Bendi D / H / P
159 1890 Bendo D / H
160 1890 Progress D / H
161 1891 Londoner D / H
162 1891 City of London D / H
163 1892 Nanking D / H
164 1892 Lynmouth (TT) D / H / P
165 1893 Pandora D / H / P
166 1893 Magwen D / H
167 1892 W D S (TT) D / H / P
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