Advice on Ship Builders Record Book.
From JJ 24/10/2006
Gentlemen as someone with no knowledge on your subject I have a huge tome
Ship Building Record Book....
This lists on each page
Ship, Yard No. Owners, Type, Classification, Registered No, Port of Registry and Intended Service.
Where would I look to research this book.
I think it has come from the Charles Hill yard But not too sure.
I would be grateful for any help on this.
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Judith it certainly is Charlie Hills.
My friends main complaint was when CH had a clear out and tidy they dumped stuff in skips or offered it to him.
An addition to my message above, Andy King's direct line is 0117 9031569 or email andy email@example.com
To JJ, You say you think your book relates to Charles Hill. This shipyard was in Bristol. I suggest you contact the Bristol Industrial Museum for advice. Ring Andy King on 0117 9031563
Mike Thanks for that I have been researching various things all night and now wish I had never brought the box out of loft!!
Its not my skill and I am lost. Loads of pics of ships carrying locomotives and aircraft (wrapped up!!) and so on. In a word FLUMMOXED....
I have emailed one auction house dont know what else to do........BTW ask me about police control room work.LOL But not ships....JJ (Jeannette)
JJ, I would entirely agree with Gary and ask you to be cautious with this record. Nevertheless, I am certain there will be those interested in research here and I am sure you will receive requests to review it.
Cheers, Mike B.
Gary LOL already scared stiff of it!!.......Still hunting the Mulberry harbour one,tho I have found a ton of photos of the thing being built.......
Onward ever onward I think it and a boxload of pics etc has to go to an auction house somewhere, Its just wasted with me......Thanks for your help. Much appreciated. JJ
JJ The period covered by the book is outside my current period and is right out at the borders of my experience. However, I do know that what you have is the mother load for anyone attempting to write the history of the vessels or more particularly of the yard in which they were built. I'm sure the expertise exists within the Society to assist you. The important thing at the moment is to safeguard this very important document.
97 vessels in the book, various types,
Thanks for that it made me gulp!!
I have done a speed read on a couple of pages it looks like .........
The first ship in book is Welsh Coast Lochlee Now Melito yard no 122 126
Last ship in the book is........
Sir Kenneth.....Keel laid 1958 Delivered 1959
.....and like most of rest so many facts and figures I admit to being at a loss.
On odd pages if sunk and what happened, someone has pencilled in.
I inherited this and at the funeral of previous owner I had members of his club begging but I had no idea what they were talking about!!
LOL now I may do.......
I have just looked thro everything else and OMG there is a history in phographs odd paperwork etc.. Now I have to work out what where and what on earth to do with it all.
With my knowledge I am going to be,well and truly fleeced so research is in order.....
Somewhere I have a huge book with daily handwritten progress of Mulberry Harbour,now I have to find it!!
Gary,this is just the sort of breakthrough we wait for and proof positive of the value of our Society.I think there will be more comments,as you suggest, on this 'ship building record book'.
Best wishes, Mike B.
I, and I think, some other SWMHS members, will think that you have found the Holy Grail. Armed with the ships name and Official Number and a good run of Lloyd's Register it should be possible to confirm the builder's name and work out the period covered by the yard book. If there are any vessels owned or registered at Plymouth prior to 1876, then I can help you further as I have transcribed the Plymouth Merchant Shipping Registers and researched the history of many of the vessels.