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Thomas Batley

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Shipbuilder

of Norwich

1827 - The Lowestoft-Norwich Navigation Act spurred on shipbuilding, with orders being placed as soon as it received Royal Assent.[1]

28 May 1829 – Launched “Spring”, a brig of 100 tons. Began in January of that year, the first bolt was driven by C Brown, alderman of that city. On the stem of the vessel was the inscription “this is the first seaborne Vessel that was built in Norwich”. She had two masts, brig rigged fore and schooner rigged aft. She was intended for the general trade. [2] It was launched at his yard near Carrow Bridge.[3]

June 1831- Launched the “Carrow”, 80 tons at his timber yard at Carrow. [4] It was built for the London, Lowestoft, Beccles and Norwich Shipping Company. It was launched “amid the plaudits and acclamations of the spectators”.[5]

1832 – Built “Colonel Harvey”, a schooner of 41 tons. [6]

1833 – Built “Frances Griffiths”, a schooner of 77 tons. [7]

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Sources of Information

  1. Sea Breezes Volume XVI, New Series, page 283
  2. Norfolk Annals by Charles Mackie, page 245
  3. Sea Breezes Volume XVI, New Series, page 283
  4. Norfolk Annals by Charles Mackie, page 265
  5. Sea Breezes Volume XVI, New Series, page 283
  6. Lloyd’s Register Collection LRF/PUN/Yarmouth 1041
  7. Lloyd’s Register Collection LRF/PUN/Yarmouth 1041