Forrestt Shipyard, Wivenhoe

Anon, 64pp photocopy (Essex County Libraries E.WIV 623.83)

Summary by Pat Marsden

A review of the Forrestt Shipyard, Wivenhoe. The family business was established in 1788 and later became a limited company. The review describes the business as ship, yacht and boat builders and engineers, with contracts with the Admiralty, War Department, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Crown Agents for the Colonies and Foreign Governments.

It describes the type of vessels built: small steamers, steam yachts, stern-wheelers, submarine boats, motor boats, torpedo boats, fire-floats, tugs, steam life-pinnaces and cutters, steam launches, sailing barges, rowing and sailing boats, in wood, iron, steel, and composite.

The brief history of the business is followed by views, engravings, illustrations and plans of various vessels, etc.


See also the Section with lots of pages dedicated to this shipbuilding yard in Wivenhoe – click here

This page was added on 20/02/2016.

Comments about this page

  • I`m a Danish maritime historian, corrently working on the history of the lifeboats of Scandinavia, where several were built by the Forrestt boat builders at Norway Yard, Limehouse, London.
    I`m very interested in getting my hands of the Review about the Forrestt shipyard in Wivenhoe, of which Pat Marsden has made a summary. How do I do that?
    Asger Nørlund Christensen

    By Asger Nørlund Christensen (25/11/2019)
  • Apologies for the delay in replying. The copy I obtained was a photocopy from the Essex Library (Local Studies) Service. It may be possible that there is a copy in The Nottage Maritime Museum in Wivenhoe. If you contact John Collins at he may be able to advise you. That may also be a photocopy of the original but they might be willing to provide with a copy.

    By Pat Marsden (19/12/2019)

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