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Above: Select the required shipbuilder by using initial letter of the surname eg: Armstrong, Palmer or Readhead.
KEY BELOW: D / H / P (D means basic dimensions are shown; H means a history is given; P means one or more photographs are available)

Shipbuilder: Wood, Skinner & Co Ltd, Bill Quay (1885 - 1925)

Above photo is of the Wood Skinner Yard in the early 1930s

Wood, Skinner & Co built ships in Bill Quay, on the eastern edge of Gateshead, for forty years. The original partners were William Wood, of Jesmond, and James Skinner, of South Shields. James Skinner had experience of shipbuilding at the former Coutts yard at Low walker and later as manager for Andrew Leslie at Hebburn. William Wood had been cashier at the yard of Schlesinger, Davis next to CS Swan & Hunter at Wallsend.

In 1883 the old Bottle Works site was cleared, with the Bottle House Chapel of 1839 being pulled down and the empty Union Chemical Works vanished. The stocks and slipways were then built on the site. The yard had a river frontage of 380 feet and six slipways by 1885. In the early 1920s the number of slipways was increased to 8 and the largest of these could take a tramp ship of 500ft in length. However, they did not build the ships’ engines, they bought them in from a variety of local companies.

At first the yard built coasters and short-sea traders, either in iron or in steel, with many of them of the quarter-deck or well-deck designs then popular. Scandinavian contracts formed a major part of the yard output for 20 years. The most important local customer was the Burnett Steamship Co Ltd of Newcastle that ordered some 30 vessels from the yard over the years.

Until 1925, when the yard failed financially, Wood-Skinners had built more than 230 ships at Bill Quay. The partially completed hull of their last ship, a collier, can be seen at the top left corner of the photo and it remained there to rust away until finally broken up in the late 1930s.

The yard was acquired by National Shipbuilders Security Ltd in 1939 and was sold at auction in April that year.

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1 1885 Tilsco D / H
2 1885 Tweed D / H
3 1886 Pontoon Hospital D / H / P
4 1887 Cragside D / H
5 1887 Sodium D / H / P
6 1888 Gabalva D / H
8 1887 Platon D / H
9 1888 Nicolai D / H
10 1888 Framnes D / H / P
11 1888 Jesmond D / H
12 1889 County Antrim D / H
13 1889 Transit D / H / P
14 1889 Activ D / H / P
15 1889 Skarpsno D / H / P
16 1889 Tonsberg D / H
17 1889 Angelus D / H
18 1889 Boldon D / H
19 1890 Viceroy D / H
20 1890 Walker D / H
21 1890 Cossack D / H
22 1890 Kong Inge D / H
23 1890 Kong Trygve D / H
24 1890 Tamarind D / H / P
25 1890 Oscarshal D / H
26 1890 Gyda D / H / P
27 1890 Frogner D / H / P
28 1891 Skuld D / H
29 1891 Kitty D / H
30 1891 Cheviot D / H / P
31 1891 Tynemouth D / H / P
32 1891 Dordrecht D / H / P
33 1891 Skinningrove D / H / P
34 1892 Skuld D / H
35 1892 Tjomo D / H / P
36 1892 Helene D / H
37 1892 Cairnavon D / H / P
38 1892 Ragna D / H / P
39 1892 Kilsyth D / H
40 1892 Cairnmore D / H / P
41 1892 Cragside D / H / P
42 1893 Sultan D / H
43 1893 Skeffington D / H
44 1893 Holmside D / H / P
46 1893 Wallsend D / H / P
47 1893 James Tennant D / H / P
49 1894 Rose D / H / P
50 1894 Campeador D / H
51 1894 Balboa D / H
52 1894 Mary Toovey D / H
53 1894 Ariel D / H / P
54 1895 Bamburgh D / H / P
55 1895 Marsden D / H
56 1895 Sliedrecht D / H / P
57 1895 Northumberland D / H / P
58 1895 Rose D / H
59 1896 Folsjo D / H / P
60 1896 Breeze D / H / P
61 1896 T W Stuart D / H / P
62 1896 Hermes D / H
63 1896 Rosemount D / H / P
64 1897 St Hilda D / H / P
65 1897 Hermod D / H
66 1897 Helios D / H
67 1897 Crest D / H / P
68 1898 Paris D / H / P
69 1898 Elswick D / H / P
70 1898 St Mary D / H / P
71 1898 Lovaine D / H
72 1898 Anglia D / H
73 1898 Mercia D / H
74 1898 Helios D / H / P
75 1898 Gosforth D / H / P
76 1898 Pearl D / H / P
77 1899 Muristan D / H / P
78 1898 Stamfordham D / H
79 1898 Clifton D / H
80 1899 Crewe D / H / P
81 1899 Gilderoy D / H
82 1899 Alroy D / H
83 1899 Hugin D / H
84 1899 Hydra D / H
85 1899 Hirundo D / H / P
86 1900 Daphne D / H / P
87 1900 Telefon D / H / P
88 1900 Atlas D / H
89 1900 Doris D / H
90 1900 Paris D / H / P
91 1900 Heworth D / H
92 1900 Hebburn D / H / P
93 1900 Donnacona D / H / P
94 1900 Birtley D / H
95 1901 Campania D / H
96 1901 Stirling Castle D / H
97 1901 Recorder D / H
98 1901 Yeoman D / H / P
99 1901 Deux Charentes D / H / P
100 1901 La Vienne D / H
101 1902 Tynemouth D / H
102 1901 Ole Bull D / H
103 1901 Romsdal D / H
104 1901 Marsden D / H / P
105 1902 Paris D / H / P
106 1902 Sneppe D / H / P
107 1902 Varna D / H / P
108 1902 Britannia D / H / P
109 1902 R T C Screw Keel No 3 D / H
110 1903 Gerd D / H / P
111 1903 Coaster D / H / P
112 1903 Helmsman D / H / P
113 1903 Bentinck D / H / P
114 1903 Hartley D / H
115 1903 Lewis D / H / P
116 1904 Carmelina D / H / P
117 1904 Lucy Andersen D / H / P
118 1904 Simone D / H / P
119 1904 Jeanne D / H / P
120 1904 Eddie D / H
121 1904 Trader D / H / P
122 1904 Gosforth D / H / P
123 1904 Towneley D / H / P
124 1904 Arrival D / H / P
125 1905 Leafield D / H / P
126 1905 Hjortholm D / H / P
127 1905 Svanholm D / H / P
128 1905 Taarnholm D / H / P
129 1905 Eslington D / H / P
130 1906 Helios D / H / P
131 1906 Hellas D / H
132 1906 Carl D / H / P
133 1906 Ragnar D / H / P
134 1906 Birtley D / H / P
135 1906 Horden D / H
136 1906 Cygnus D / H / P
137 1906 Ariel D / H / P
138 1906 John O Scott D / H / P
139 1907 Vera D / H / P
140 1907 Daisy D / H / P
141 1907 B F D / H / P
142 1907 Anine D / H / P
143 1907 Hestia D / H / P
144 1907 Delia D / H
145 1907 Burnhope D / H / P
146 1907 Elfrida D / H / P
147 1908 Hebburn D / H
148 1907 Sofie D / H
149 1908 Flora D / H / P
150 1908 Deux Freres D / H / P
151 1908 Unnamed horse boat H
152 1908 Unnamed horse boat H
153 1908 Unnamed horse boat H
154 1908 Unnamed horse boat H
155 1908 Unnamed horse boat H
156 1908 Stamboul D / H
157 1909 San Miguel D / H / P
158 1909 Kingswear D / H / P
159 1909 Tynemouth D / H / P
160 1909 Barmoor D / H / P
161 1909 Belgique D / H / P
162 1909 Steersman D / H / P
163 1910 Blacktoft D / H / P
164 1910 San Remo D / H / P
165 1910 Towneley D / H
166 1910 Marsden D / H / P
167 1910 Kamma D / H
168 1911 Hunnia D / H / P
169 1911 San Andres D / H
170 1911 San Mateo D / H / P
171 1911 Medlock D / H
172 1911 Irk D / H
173 1911 Bangor D / H / P
174 1911 South Shields D / H / P
175 1912 Campeiro D / H / P
176 1912 Salonica D / H / P
177 1912 San Jose D / H / P
178 1912 Betty D / H / P
179 1912 Fulgens D / H
180 1912 Combe D / H / P
181 1913 Michael Whitaker D / H
182 1913 Salamanca D / H / P
183 1913 Sevilla D / H
184 1913 Ascain D / H
185 1913 Petridge D / H
186 1913 Dredger No 2 D / H
187 1914 Springwell D / H / P
188 1914 Edwin Hunter D / H / P
189 1914 Sardinia D / H
190 1914 Salerno D / H
191 1914 Grinkle D / H
192 1915 Keynes D / H / P
193 1915 Boucau D / H
194 1915 Tayo II D / H
195 1917 Unnamed hopper D / H
196 1916 Horden D / H
197 1917 Tynemouth D / H / P
198 1916 Guethary D / H / P
199 1917 Bidart D / H
200 1917 Flamma D / H / P
201 1915 Scarab D / H / P
202 1916 Tarantula D / H / P
203 1918 Lucient D / H / P
204 1917 Burnhope D / H / P
205 1917 Wallsend D / H
206 1918 Lord Rhondda D / H / P
207 1918 Lady Rhondda D / H / P
210 1918 War Balloon D / H
211 1918 War Javelin D / H
212 1918 War Down D / H
213 1919 War Summit D / H
214 1920 Norefos D / H / P
215 1920 Ramfos D / H / P
216 1919 Orion D / H / P
217 1920 Venus D / H / P
218 1920 Gaslight D / H / P
219 1920 San Jose D / H
220 1920 Whitemantle D / H / P
221 1921 Sevilla D / H / P
1922 B H C High Ferry No 2 D / H / P
222 1922 Segovia D / H / P
223 1922 Sandysike D / H / P
225 1923 Rotha D / H / P
226 1921 Ethylene D / H / P
227 1923 Harvest Queen D / H
230 1923 Birtley D / H / P
231 1923 Towneley D / H
232 1924 Marsden D / H / P
233 1924 Ashley D / H / P
234 1924 Hebburn D / H / P
235 1924 Letchworth D / H / P
236 1924 Thornhope D / H
237 1925 Usworth D / H
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