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Thomas Turnbull and Son

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Thomas Turnbull and Son, shipbuilders and ship owners, of Whitby

c.1700 Shipbuilding started on the site of the Whitehall Dockyard, Whitby[1]

1840 Known as the Whitehall Dockyard, the Turnbull yard began making wooden sailing ships

Shipbuilding was once one of Whitby's major employers. Much of the work was carried out at the Whitehall Shipyard [2].

1871 Switched to making iron tramps in 1871.

1871-1902 - The yard made 113 tramps over half of which were for the Turnbull family.

1887 The yard made its first steel tramp in 1887.

1902 The yard closed after 62 years of shipbuilding.

1924 Thomas Turnbull died [3].

1931 Whitby Shipbuilding Co's yard was purchased by National Shipbuilders Security[4] for closure and dismantling.

1932 Clearance sale of shipbuilding plant and machinery of Whitehall yard by order of National Shipbuilders Security [5].

1973 The Whitehall shipyard went into receivership in August; by November prospect of sale to purchaser who also had interests in ship yards in Poole and Berwick[6].

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 21 August 1973
  2. 1850 image in Whitby Archives[1]
  3. The Times, 29 March 1924
  4. The Times, 1 August 1931
  5. The Times, 9 July 1932
  6. The Times, 13 November 1973