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Shipbuilder: Simon Temple (Snr & Jnr), South Shields (1780 - 1805)

Shipbuilder: Simon Temple Jnr, Jarrow (1806 - 1810)

Shipbuilder: William Smoult Temple, Jarrow (1811 - 1812)

Simon Temple born at Crayke near Easingwold, North Yorkshire in 1728 and by 1780 he was advertising himself as a shipwright with a hull for sale at Mill Dam. In 1759, Simon Temple the Younger was born, also at Crayke. Simon Temple the Elder was declared bankrupt at South Shields in 1786. He died in 1805.

Simon Temple the Younger also became a shipbuilder and opened a yard at Thrift Street South Shields, just downstream from the current Shields Ferry landing. His eldest son William Smoult Temple also appears to have been in the business. By 1802 he was living at Hylton Castle and living in a very lavish style.

Simon Temple the Younger then branched out into colliery ownership and opened the Jarrow Colliery in 1803. Again he spent lavishly on the opening ceremony and on an assortment of civic buildings at Jarrow such as two schools and a Fever House and Hospital.

In 1805 he opened a shipyard at the West end of Jarrow Quay, the site of Palmer's first yard and started building for the Admiralty. The Admiralty was desperate for shipbuilding capacity as Britain was at war with Napoleon and invasion was a major threat. His first contract was taken at a contract price of 9,398 for each of the three 6th rate frigates ordered. However he failed to meet the contract deadlines. Despite this the hard-pressed Admiralty ordered more vessels. Again Temple failed to deliver to contract and probably lost money on each of his Admiralty contracts. However the lavish lifestyle continued.

In 1806 he sold the South Shields yard and concentrated his shipbuilding efforts on the Jarrow yard. In 1810 he opened the Templetown Colliery at South Shields, but it had cost a lot more than expected to sink the shaft and bring out the first coal.

In 1811 Simon Temple the Younger was eventually declared bankrupt at South Shields and he then disappeared from public life.

The following ships were built at the Temple's shipyards at South Shields & Jarrow:

Year Ship Name D / H / P Builder
1788 Eleanor Simon Temple, South Shields
1789 Columbus Simon Temple, South Shields
1789 Halifax Simon Temple, South Shields
1789 Sea Venture Simon Temple, South Shields
1790 Hercules Simon Temple, South Shields
1790 Hero Simon Temple, South Shields
1790 Mary Simon Temple, South Shields
1790 Orlando Simon Temple, South Shields
1791 Gipsy Simon Temple, South Shields
1791 Jane Simon Temple, South Shields
1791 Nysus Simon Temple, South Shields
1792 British Tar Simon Temple, South Shields
1793 Duke of York Simon Temple, South Shields
1793 Parhenes Simon Temple, South Shields
1793 Prince of Wales Simon Temple, South Shields
1793 Sovereign Simon Temple, South Shields
1794 Hector Simon Temple, South Shields
1794 Loyal Briton Simon Temple, South Shields
1794 Royal Oak Simon Temple, South Shields
1795 Clarista Simon Temple, South Shields
1795 Lively Simon Temple, South Shields
1795 Trojan Simon Temple, South Shields
1796 Graydon Simon Temple, South Shields
1796 Hero Simon Temple, South Shields
1796 Supply Simon Temple, South Shields
1796 Supply Simon Temple, South Shields
1797 Bellona D / H Simon Temple, South Shields
1797 Galatea Simon Temple, South Shields
1797 Northumberland Simon Temple, South Shields
1798 Edgar Simon Temple, South Shields
1798 Mary & Susannah Simon Temple, South Shields
1798 Shield Simon Temple, South Shields
1798 Symmetry Simon Temple, South Shields
1799 Bounty Simon Temple, South Shields
1799 Elizabeth Simon Temple, South Shields
1799 Herculian Simon Temple, South Shields
1799 Messenger Simon Temple, South Shields
1799 Susan Simon Temple, South Shields
1800 Augusta Simon Temple, South Shields
1800 Cora Simon Temple, South Shields
1800 Leander Simon Temple, South Shields
1800 Rolla Simon Temple, South Shields
1801 Atlas D / H Simon Temple, South Shields
1801 Champion Simon Temple, South Shields
1801 Hercules Simon Temple, South Shields
1801 Warrior Simon Temple, South Shields
1802 Admiral Aplin D / H Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1802 Imperial Simon Temple, South Shields
1802 Lord Eldon Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1803 Lord Eldon Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1803 Defence Simon Temple, South Shields
1803 Fox Simon Temple, South Shields
1803 Indus Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1804 Intrepid Simon Temple, South Shields
1804 Lord Melville Simon Temple, South Shields
1804 Malabar Simon Temple, South Shields
1804 Mary & Susan Simon Temple, South Shields
1804 Mercury Simon Temple, South Shields
1804 William Pitt Simon Temple, South Shields
1805 Jupiter Simon Temple, South Shields
1805 Olive Branch Simon Temple, South Shields
1806 Crocodile D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1806 Pandour D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Admiral Gambier D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Banterer D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Coquette D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Lord Cathcart Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Reward Simon Temple, Jarrow
1807 Rosamond D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1808 Susan Simon Temple, Jarrow
1808 Cornelia D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1809 Archduke Charles D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1809 British Hero Simon Temple, Jarrow
1809 Lord Cochrane Simon Temple, Jarrow
1809 Nereus D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1809 Saldanha D / H Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 Egfrid Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 Henry Cerf Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 Indian Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 London Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 Ogle Barony Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 Oswin Simon Temple, Jarrow
1810 West Indian Simon Temple, Jarrow
1811 Ann Simon Temple, Jarrow
1811 Belvidere Simon Temple, Jarrow
1811 Kennersley Castle William Smoult Temple, Jarrow
1811 Three Brothers Simon Temple, Jarrow
1812 Bell & Ann D / H William Smoult Temple, Jarrow
1812 Dorothy Simon Temple, Jarrow
1813 Hound Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1813 Caledonia Simon Temple Jnr, South Shields
1813 Pilot Simon Temple, Jarrow
1813 Stag Simon Temple, Jarrow
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