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John Chambers and Sons

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1915 advertisement

Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft

1878 Established by John Chambers and Charles Page as Chambers and Page.

c1912 They were boat builders and acquired Davis and Co.

1913 The business was incorporated as a private company, John Chambers Limited.

1915 Shipbuilders and engineers. Products included steam steering gear and winches (see advertisement).

583 ships were built in a six-berth yard capable of building vessels up to 250 feet, including coasters, tugs, barges and dredgers.

1930 The company was in liquidation when National Shipbuilders Security purchased the yard as part of its programme to reduce capacity in the industry.


Sources of Information

  • L. A. Ritchie, The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (1992)
  • Steam Engine Builders of Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire by Ronald H. Clark. Published 1950 by The Augustine Steward Press
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record 16 September 1915
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record 27 November 1930