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Thomas Pitcher and Sons

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Thomas Pitcher, the man responsible for developing the early nineteenth-century dockyard, was a successful Thames shipbuilder whose yard at Northfleet, established in 1788, was one of the largest on the river. The Northfleet yard built both merchant ships for the East India trade, and warships for the navy; the dockyard at Blackwall concentrated on repairing and refitting.

1816 Partnership change. '...Thomas Pitcher the elder, heretofore currying on trade or business as a Shipbuilder, at North-Fleet and Blackwall, under the firm of Thomas Pitcher and Sons, hath wholly retired from the said trade or business; and that the same will be continued at both the above places by his two sons, Henry Jones Pitcher and William Pitcher, on their own account, under the firm of H. J. Pitcher and William Pitcher...' William Pitcher was responsible for meeting debts due[1]

Became H. J. and W. Pitcher


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