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Edward Withy and Company shipbuilders, of West Hartlepool
1873 When Alexander left in 1873, Withy carried on the business alone.
1874 The company name was changed to E. Withy and Co.
In 1880, the yard launched the Cyanus. This was the first steel ship to be built in the Hartlepools. Before this all ships were made of wood or iron. One of the firm’s customers was local businessman Christopher Furness.
1884 When Withy decided to move to New Zealand, Furness bought his shares in the shipyard. He made Withy’s brother, Henry, managing director.