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John Winspear

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John Winspear, shipbuilder and repairer, of Hartlepool

of Winspear, Hyde and Co

1841 John Winspear was an expert at raising sunken ships, and re-floating stranded ones. This brought extra business to his main trade, which was as a ship-repairer. When work was scarce he turned to ship building. He built six wooden sailing ships in total, mostly small vessels. For some years worked in partnership with Henry Taylor. Although the quality of Winspear's work was first rate, his mental health was poor. Winspears traded under the company names of:

  • John Winspear
  • Winspear and Taylor
  • John Winspear and Son

1874 The business closed, when Winspear was committed to the County Asylum. The yard was taken over by Dring and Pattison.

1876 Yard closed permanently when it was absorbed by the construction of the North Basin.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • Hartlepool Built [1]
  • [2] Hartlepool Council Web Site