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.
What was then proposed was that a new company be formed & that the creditors accept shares in lieu of their debts. Was, in fact, a new company formed or was the existing company restructured? Built for 'Bullard King & Company, Limited' (Natal Direct Line), of London. Engaged on the London to Durban, South Africa, service (& surely beyond, to Delagoa Bay, now Maputo Bay, & Beira in Mozambique). Built for 'Bullard King & Company, Limited' (Natal Direct Line), of London. 2012 - re the sale of a 1/64 share of the vessel, at an unstated date in Feb.
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.
Anyway, so the story goes:- Philip and John Laing were not very wealthy. Bryan (1875/1941) was one of the many children of Sir James Laing (1823/1901), by his second marriage. Built for 'Bullard King & Company, Limited' (Natal Direct Line), of London. Engaged on London to Durban, South Africa, service (& beyond, to Delagoa Bay & Beira in Mozambique). Presumably named after Umtata (now Mthathta), in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, which was the capital of the Transkei, & is now noted for its Nelson Mandela Museum (Nelson Mandela (1918/2013) was born & lived in retirement nearby - at Qunu). He lived in Brazil and later returned to Germany where he joined the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NAZI party), more specifically the SS and rose to the rank of SS Brigadefhrer serving on Reichsfhrer SS Heinrich Himmler's personal staff.
They were both devout churchmen, but it was noticed that they never went to church together. One day, the Priest asked John where his brother was, and it turned out that he was sitting at home in his shirt because they only possessed one pair of decent trousers between them. The most interesting image which follows, shows I believe the Sir James Laing & Sons Limited Deptford facilities early in the 20th century, I think around 1910. Per 1 [British India, Orissa, (2)], 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Never answering for his crimes, he died on May 14, 1945.
In 1834, Philip went into partnership with Thomas B. The partnership was relatively short-lived, ending in c.1837. We thank 'northern_collectables' for that fine data, part of their e Bay listing. Per 1 [Bullard King, Umkuzi (1)], 2 (related ephemera), 3 (Boer War, 70% down, no date), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Per 1 [Bullard King, Umona (1)], 2 (Natal Line of Steamers, ex 3, Whitakers 1894, a 'Google' book), 4 (image), 5 (final voyage, Chapter 12, commencing at page #67), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
See here for a little more about Simey - but if you can tell us more, please do so. In 1843, Philip's son James (married twice - 16 children, 10 girls & 6 boys, image at right) then just 20 years of age, took over his father's business at Deptford (his father was then 71 years of age). The above confirms what I had earlier read that the company had to stop operating in 1908 & had liabilities way in excess of its then assets. 85.8 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 knots, signal letters LRMV. 85.8 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 281.5 ft.
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.
bank of the River Wear (Monkwearmouth) beside & to the immediate west of the first iron bridge, then in course of construction, i.e. A puzzle perhaps is that it is Philip Laing available for download is no longer so available) as then having a yard at Bridge Dock. When we read of such early days, I suspect that none of us, the webmaster included, understand how very tiny the early Sunderland shipbuilding enterprises truly were. However it would seem that in 1920, the vessel was rather sold to 'Cia Sud-Americana de Vapores', of Valparaiso, Chile, for a Valparaiso to New York service, & renamed Renaico. There seems to be very little WWW data about the vessel. It is unclear if Harry Hassan was brought back on deck or kept as a POW, but I have been told by a family member that he "was never seen or heard from again by his family". The KTB (Kriegstagebuch, in English War Diary) of the U-55 mentions little of the event;"July 31: Unterwasserangriff. In Germany the public was told that what the British press had reported was "A low calumny" and that "Nevertheless, it can be confidently asserted that the story of the German sailors taking the crew of the sunk ship on deck and then submerging and washing them into the sea can only be a low lie and calumny.
The anecdote puts the early shipbuilder history into some perspective, I truly think. It comes however from the 1929 edition of 'Port of Sunderland', published by the River Wear Commissioners. 125.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 knots.
I was interested to read (page #585, here, from that 1852 volume not now available for download) that John & Philip Laing 'were the first to introduce the novelty of a floating dock on our river. I read also that James Laing was the very first Sunderland shipbuilder to build in iron. The image appears here thanks to Tony Frost, who advises me that 'Laings' had in their history two dry docks, one of which (visible in the image) was opened on Jul. The Lloyds's Register listings linked above, refer however to 'Levant Soc. I was unable to find any WWW references to this vessel & to its wreck.
John Laing (have not located an image of him) had a son named David, who had a short life indeed (c.1775-1796). In or about 1776, John was apprenticed at the North Sands yard of Mr. Wright, then the principal shipbuilder on North Sands. After the U-55 went under he also headed for the only place he could, the Belgian Prince. Armed British four masted steamer, 4,800 tons, leaking out of ballast tanks. 1: Dampfer mit Sprengpatrone versenkt; vor Foxglove bis 9 h vm getaucht.(Steamer sunk with scuttling charges, dove at 9 a.m.