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Backhouse and Dixon

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of Middlesbrough, ship builders and repairers

1859 Raylton Dixon was appointed manager of the former Rake Kimber shipyard in Middlesbrough, which Richardson, Duck and Co had just taken over.

1862 With Thomas Backhouse, he bought the yard from Richardson, Duck and Co.

1863 Dixon became a partner in the business, with Thomas Backhouse[1].

1866 Yard closed for a period

Backhouse and Dixon later added the former Candlish and Fox and David Jays yards to establish the Cleveland Dockyard, which they ran with the help of Dixon's younger brother Waynman.

1872 of Cleveland iron ship yard[2].

1873 Backhouse retired. Dixon carried on the business in his own name[3]. By this time the partners had built more than eighty ships.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Northern Echo, 12 October 1889
  2. The Commercial Directory and Shippers Guide, 1872
  3. Northern Echo, 12 October 1889
  • The Engineer of 29th June 1866 p482
  • Biography of Sir Raylton Dixon, ODNB.