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The increasing number of listings re Laing built vessels has already required a 2nd page - available here. The men in the water had little chance of survival and all but three died, but the three who survived were able to tell the tale of what happened to their fellow crewmen after they were picked up by a British patrol boat later in the day.It would seem that the Laing shipbuilding story in Sunderland commences with two brothers. Philip (image at left) is of particular interest, (wife Sophia Lundy Laing). Able Seaman George Silessi swam back to the Belgium Prince and reboarded her, he was on board when a U-boat came alongside of the ship the early the next morning.They purchased an old man-of-war, one of those "Leviathans," taken during the last war with the Dutch, and after cutting away all her superfluous timbers, converted her into a very useful floating dock for the repair of vessels.' On May 12, 1818, the John & Philip Laing partnership ended. I read that 3 of his sons worked at the Deptford yard. 19, 1860 (Queen Victoria being its first ship) & later filled in to make way for a fitting out quay (the dock gates apparently can be still seen to-day) and also (likely through 1818) a dry dock known as 'Cornhill' on the north bank of the river next to the Robert Thompson yard. The vessel was used, I have read, in the fruit trade. di Nav a Vap.' as the registered owner in 1930/31 & 'Levant Parobrodarsko Drustvo s.o.j.' in 1931/32, both of ibenik, Yugoslavia now Croatia. 7, 1931, the vessel was wrecked in the Adriatic, nr. The vessel must have been re-floated since it was later broken up at nearby Pola (should be Pula, Croatia, I believe) in Q1 of 1932. John, then 64 years of age, left the partnership & set up a shipbuilding business (1818/c1830) at Southwick with his son James. James, it would seem, was the offspring of a second marriage for Philip? James was Chairman of the River Wear Commission for 32 years & a Director of the Suez Canal Company. 'Cornhill' dry dock continued to exist long after 1818 & is visible in an 1898 Ordnance Survey Map of Southwick Urban District. A most interesting postcard image was provided to the webmaster in Aug. Which image you can see in black & white here and in its original sepia here. Geoff indicates that he cannot spot any indication of another bridge behind the railway bridge. (Efford) Beadon (1880/1916), grandfather of Eve Fisher (Clive's wife), was captain of Northerhay, at dates unknown, but probably to the time when the vessel was sold in 1909 to Italian owners. Built for 'Netherlands India Steam Navigation Company (Limited)', (i.e. I can find no WWW references to most of those matters, which is strange for a very late sailing ship, said to have indeed been the last sailing ship owned on the U. 100 Indians walked to the island through the surf at low tide - the Maldivians did agree to ferry the other 375 Indians ashore. Built for William Milburn & Co., of London, 'Milburn Line'. On May 24, 1892, while on her second voyage to Australia & en route from London to Sydney via the Cape of Good Hope with general cargo, the vessel ran aground on a reef & sank off the island of St. Salvage efforts failed & the vessel was declared a total loss. ('Furness') purchased the Rotterdam to Baltimore service & 7 of Neptune's vessels. Neptune became managed by Bolam and Swinhoe, of Newcastle, (maybe from 1904) & in 1910 Neptune was purchased by Furness. Which would adjust the image dating to the late 1920s at the latest - since from 1927 to 1929 the road bridge with its distinctive arch was being built to replace the previous road bridge that had no arch at all. The image I show is not even, of the entire available image! You can see the whole set here & can see this particular image here. 27, 1909, the vessel was sold for 2,500 to Tomaso Gazzolo, of Genoa, Italy, who may however be the manager rather than the owner (have seen references to 'Tomaso Gazzolo Fu A', with the 'A' likely meaning Angelo, managers, of Nervi, Genoa), & renamed Nostra Signora Assunta. 31, 1916, the vessel, en route from Genoa to Norfolk, Virginia, U. A., in ballast, was sunk by gunfire, by U-34, Kapitnleutnant Claus Rcker in command. He left the ship, indeed left sailing ships, to become Captain of Lorca, a steam vessel, & lost his life when that vessel was torpedoed by U-49, 200 miles W. 'Nederlandsch Indische Stoomvaart (or Stoomboot) Maatschappij') ('Netherlands'), of Batavia, (today Jakarta, Indonesia). long, facilities for 20 passengers in 1st or 2nd class. 20, 1916, (defensively armed), by U-39, eight miles NW by N of Cap Corbelin, Algeria. The location being isolated, the decision was made to send a 26 ft. Per 1 (Milburn Line), 2 (6th item Port Douglas), 3 (Port Douglas), 4 (Kaikoura), 5 (underwriter ref.), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The cargo however is said to have been recovered by the enterprising locals. Per 1 (Neptune Steam Navigation, Venango), 2 (New York Times 1894 'snippet', 50% down), 3 (French data, Wilfred), 4 (Compagnie Gnrale Transatlantique, Wilfred), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The vessel is not however included in the Furness fleet list here.
The 'new company' was also, I read, named 'Sir James Laing and Sons Limited.'James Marr, [(1854/1932), later (1919) Sir James Marr, obituary etc.], an experienced shipbuilder who was Managing Director of Joseph L. Her cargo included 5,000 cases of canned salmon bound for Europe, also coal for S. Now Natal Line also connected India with South Africa in the years of 1899 to 1911. But maybe the initial owner was rather John King, of London. 1901, to Benjamin Tilley, of Newport, Hampshire, with John King the vendor. Heistein & Snner A/S), of Kristiansand, Norway, & renamed Asp. 18, 1917, while en route from Barry to Fayal, the Azores, with a cargo of coal, the vessel was sunk 'by an explosive device' from UB38, off Bishop Rock.
During WW1, the yard built 18 vessels, of combined 109,924 tons. 15, 1917, King George V & Queen Mary visited the 'Sir James Laing & Sons' shipyard, to support the yard's shipbuilding efforts during World War I. 1890), 2 (DDG Kosmos), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). She lay in a somewhat awkward position for several days, but was eventually floated, without, as we understand, having suffered any damage. On May 15, 1903, the vessel was en route from Colombo, Ceylon, ex Calcutta, India, to Natal & Cape Town, Charles Hedley in command, with 475 Indian men, women & children aboard, 9 (have also read 10) passengers, & a cargo of jute & rice.
Some famous images of the visit resulted, particularly one of the King bending down to speak with a very young rivet heater or paintpot lad - of about 8 years old - beside a furnace similar to that visible in the 'Joseph L. I find the data re the two 1917 'rivet heater' images to be confusing. One of the 'rivet heaters' was John Cassidy, I believe, but which of the 2 images shows him? but read on) image, of the 'Robert Thompson & Sons Limited' shipyard in the foreground & of the 'Sir James Laing & Sons Limited' shipyard across the river with the Ayres Quay area behind it. Built for 'Hamburg-Calcutta-Linie', of Hamburg, Germany, (A. The vessel must have been later transferred or sold to 'Hamburg Pacific Dampfschiff Linie' (also A. Bad weather was encountered - & the vessel approached the 'One and a Half Degree Channel' thru the Maldives islands late & at night. on May 15, 1903, the ship, 76 miles off her course due to ocean currents, ran aground at Suvadiva Atoll, Maldive Islands.
And how the owners must have struggled to do what they did - working every daylight hour, at work both hard and physical, with a doubtful return when the vessel was sold, as hopefully it was. The webmaster has read an anecdotal reference to the Laing brothers, Philip and John, which illustrates the point. Per 1, 2 & 3 (data), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 131.4 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots, signal letters HQSL, with capacity for 180 passengers. And that the vessel was broken up at Iquique, Chile, in 1926. di Navigazione Corrado', of Genoa, Italy, & renamed Laura Corrado. 30, 1941, the vessel was attacked by torpedo & gunfire by HMS Rorqual (N74), a Royal Navy Grampus class (a mine-laying class) submarine (sometimes referred to as Porpoise class). If our U-boat men had wanted to let the foreign crew perish, they did not need laboriously to take them on board.
It is recorded here not in any way to disparage the Laings or to diminish in any way their amazing achievements. Owned by 'Toyo Kisen Kabushiki Kaisha', (or maybe just 'Toyo Kisen Kaisha') of Tokyo, Japan. Per 2, the vessel was abandoned near Point Honda off the California coast on May 28, 1933 (Point Honda is N. There are no Lloyd's Register references to a vessel named Renaico at 'plimsollshipdata.org'. The idea that Germans out of sheer devilry pretended to save the men, only in order to let them perish, could not possibly occur to German sailors." In Holland the press mocked the Germans by publishing a pastoral letter which was read at Protestant churches in Germany, including the cathedral attended by the Kaiser.
In 1793, David, his son, joined him in that business. David died very soon thereafter (in 1796, at just age 21. In 1804 they 'leased (or built)' a dry dock located on the N. Philip and John lived on Church Street, Monkwearmouth, near to the yard. The vessel was possibly picking up fuel from the French in Algeria. Silessi stated the U-boat fired two shots from her deck gun and the Belgian Prince sank stern first at about on Aug. Thirty-nine crewmen died in the North Atlantic, courtesy of Wilhelm Werner and the crew of the U-55, but what happened to the ship's master? Englischer bewaffneter Viermastendampfer, 4800ts, in Ballast auslaufend. He also makes no mention of taking the captain prisoner, a clearly evasive entry in the log of the boat to keep this crime a secret.