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Fellows and Co

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of Yarmouth

1912 Shipbuilders

1785 - First established by James Lovewell.

1824 – When Lovewell died the business passed to the Fellows family. [1]

1825 – Constructed brig “Thalia”.

1828 – Constructed schooner “Lady Ann”

1829 – Constructed brig “Rose”

1832 – Constructed brig “Shannon”

1833 – Constructed schooner “Abeona”

1834 – Constructed schooner “Agenoria”, brig “Vivid” and schooner “Nora Creina”.

1835 - Constructed schooner “Fire Fly”, brig “Race Horse”, schooner “Sally Ho”, brig “Levant”

1836 - Constructed brig “Isis”, schooner “Fox Hound”

1837 – Constructed brig “Condor”, schooner “Wilshere”, schooner “Tantivy”, schooner “Rival”, brig “Plumstead”

1838 – Constructed schooner “Lorina Thompson”, schooner “Alexandrina”, schooner “Reindeer”, schooner “Fawn”

1839 – Constructed schooner “Mary Atkinson”, schooner “Rowena”, schooner “John Shelley”, brig “Elizabeth”

1840 – Constructed schooner “Lucy”, schooner “Sea Nymph”, brig “Lante”, schooner “Earl of Leicester”, schooner “Princess Royal”

1841 – Constructed schooner “Norfolk Lass” and schooner “Maid of the Yare”

1842 – Constructed schooner “Lovewell”, schooner “Leda”

1844 – Constructed schooner “Chas Souchay”

1845 – Constructed brig “Agnes”

1846 – Constructed schooner “Ianthe”

1847 – Constructed schooner “Medea”

1850 – Constructed brig “Timamdra”, brig “Crimea”

1851 – Constructed schooner “Eclipse”

1852 – Constructed brig “Norfolk”, schooner “Eclipse”

1853 – Constructed schooner “Xanthus”, barque “Ethelbert

1854 – Constructed schooner “Raven”

1857 – Constructed schooner “Branch”

1871 – Constructed barque “Oleander”[2]

1895 /1896 -Built iron wherries “Uranus”, “Vega” and “Sirius” for Woods, Sadd and Moore. However, iron wherries proved to be unsightly, hard to control and uncomfortable to live in. “Uranus” was nicknamed “wild horse” as she was so hard to use, the tale goes one skipper used to get so angry with the vessel he would thump it with a coal hammer on the stemhead once or twice "to knock some sense into her".[3]

1912 - Listed as the 97th biggest shipbuilding company in Britain constructing 6 ships of a total 548 Gross Tons.

FT Everard & Sons Ltd would take over the company in the 20s.

1924 – Constructed steamer “Norwich Belle” [4]

1925 – Constructed Thames barge “Will” [5]

1928 – Built dry cargo motor vessels “Ability” and Amity” for F T Everand & Sons Ltd. Sadly they were both sunk within three days of each other in November 1940 [6]

1930 - Constructed “Oulton Belle”, later re-named “Regal Lady” for Yarmouth & Gorleston Steamboat Co for excursions from Yarmouth to Lowestoft. It took part in the Dunkirk evacuation and was used as a tender for troopships on the Clyde.[7]

1935 – Constructed passenger motor vessel Western Belle.[8]


1970 - The yard was acquired by Richards (Shipbuilders) of Lowestoft. [9]


See Also

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Sources of Information

  1. http://www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk/page_id__341.aspx
  2. Lloyd’s Register Collection LRF/PUN/Yar1042
  3. Black Sailed Traders by Roy Clark, page 83
  4. http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/crashing-of-champagne-marked-shipyard-successes-1-2245414
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_(Thames_barge)
  6. Coasters: An Illustrated History, Roy Kenton, page 120
  7. Historic Ships: The Survivors, Paul Brown
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Western_Belle
  9. http://www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk/page_id__341.aspx