Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co
Thames Ironworks of Blackwall was an established shipbuilder in the southeast of London.
1835 Thames Bank Ironworks at Blackwall was established by Thomas Joseph Ditchburn and Charles John Mare as Ditchburn and Mare for shipbuilding and civil engineering. This site had been used for shipbuilding for many centuries.
1846 Ditchburn retired; Mare extended the works to the west side of Bow Creek, as C. J. Mare and Co
1857 The firm was taken over by Mare's father-in-law, Peter Rolt, and renamed Thames Iron Works and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
1860s Previously owned by C. J. Mare and Co, Thames Iron Works Shipbuilding Co. completed the design of the first pair of ironclad battleships. Built the first ironclad battleship Warrior
1866 Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Co failed.
1868 Three five-masted ironclads were completed.
1880s During the 1880s more battleships were made.
1897. Site is 28 acres and they employ 3,000-4,000 workmen
1899 The Thames Iron Works Ship Building and Engineering Co was registered on 15 July, to take over the business of the Thames Iron Works and Ship Building Co, with which was amalgamated the undertaking of John Penn and Sons. 
1900s The company went on to build a number of coasters, tugs, riverboats and lighters as well as naval vessels
1912 It closed.
1905 The first bus chassis was built.
1906 Produced a six-cylinder engine for buses. Also produced a four cylinder engine of 24/30 hp.
In 1910 they were concentrating on 40 hp coaches.
1913 A semi-forward-control double-decker was constructed which resembled a stagecoach without the horse. One of these is exhibited in the National Motor Museum.
May have built a few railway locomotives.
Sources of Information
- British Steam Locomotive Builders by James W. Lowe. Published in 1975. ISBN 0-905100-816
- Buses and Trolleybuses before 1919 by David Kaye. Published 1972
- Ian Allan - British Buses Since 1900 - Aldridge and Morris
- British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss