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Hepple and Co

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Hepple and Co of North Shields was a small shipbuilding yard. Also Hepples

1865 "Thomas Hepple and Son, of Low Walker, will launch a new steam ferry boat for the Tyne Commissioners, next week"

1872 T. Hepple and Co, Low Walker, Newcastle-on-Tyne[1].

1884 The yard was established

1899 Incorporated as a limited liability company and moved to South Shields. It was next to Brigham and Cowan. They specialised in paddle tugs, steam trawlers and small of craft of shallow draft. It had two berths of 100 and 150 feet in length.

1905 Engine for PS Rixton on the Manchester Ship Canal

1909 A small centre-bucket dredger was built for China

1919 A new company, Hepples (1919) Limited was incorporated

1920 A tug boat for Turkey was built in kit form

1922 Directors: M. Thompson (Chairman ), G. T. Gillie, S. Marshall, C. Macdonald, J. L. Richardson, C. H. Smith and W. T. Hepple (Managing ). Sec.: R. L. Brown. Manufactures.—Ships and marine engines.

1924 Having operated as mainly a ship repairer, the yard was sold to Brigham and Cowan their neighbours. The company went into voluntary liquidation.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Commercial Directory and Shippers Guide, 1872
  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • The Engineer of 23rd March 1866 p224
  • The National Archives BT 31/16160/61153
  • The National Archives BT 31/24418/153308
  • London Gazette 13 June 1924