The Boatbuilders of the 'Upstream' yard

Boatbuilding started in 1528 on the 'upstream' side of Wivenhoe on the River Colne

Page created by Peter Hill from research conducted by Bill Ellis

A drawing of the upstream shipyard circa 1903
Bayard Brown's yacht Valfreyia in dry dock showing gantry in background.
A model of the 'William Fall' a steam trawler built at Wivenhoe
Photo: Peter Hill
Army tug built by Rennie Forrestt in World War 1
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The Volta, here suspended from a crane, about to be lowered into the river. In this picture her streamlined underwater shape can clearly be seen.
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The Boatbuilders who operated at the upstream Wivenhoe yard  (Note: Some of these names are underlined to indicate that by clicking on the name it wil take you to some more information about that particular boatbuilder).
1528John Gylot
1541William Porter
1544Henry Spyney
1546John Chapman
1558Thomas Craft
1597Thomas Croftes
1615William Patrick
1650Robert and John Page
1697William Barnsley
1723William King
1734Austin Stanley
1746John Davis
1750John Iffe
1760George Wyatt
1780Moses Game
1800William Hawkins
1801Joseph Cole
1804Philip J., Philip M., & Robert Sainty
1815Daniel Cole
1832Thomas Harvey
1860John Harvey
1882Edwin Wilkins
1888Forrestt & Sons (1904 – Forrestt & Sons Ltd and later Forrestt & Co.Ltd) Company. Originally established in 1788 to build ships, boats and yachts at Norway Yard at Limehouse on the River Thames, near London. They built the dry dock at Wivenhoe in 1889.
1912Rennie Forrestt Shipbuilding, Engineering & Drydock Co. Ltd
1920Rennie Ritchie & Newport Shipbuilding Co. Ltd
1925Otto Anderson & Co (London) Ltd
1927Arthur R. Brown
1930Shipbuilders Securities Ltd
1939Wivenhoe Shipyard Ltd (NB associated with Rowhedge Ironworks)
1960Whitehead Engineering Ltd (marine outdrives)
1964Then for timber wharfage: Merediths
1980Chelmer Cargo Services
1981Wivenhoe Port Ltd


This page was added on 03/03/2016.

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