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Fellows and Co

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of Yarmouth, Shipbuilders

1785 First established by James Lovewell.

1824 When Lovewell died the business passed to the Fellows family. [1]

1825 Constructed brig “Thalia”.

1828 Constructed schooner “Lady Ann”

1829 Constructed brig “Rose”

1832 Constructed brig “Shannon”

1833 Constructed schooner “Abeona”

1834 Constructed schooner “Agenoria”, brig “Vivid” and schooner “Nora Creina”.

1835 Constructed schooner “Fire Fly”, brig “Race Horse”, schooner “Sally Ho”, brig “Levant”

1836 Constructed brig “Isis”, schooner “Fox Hound”

1837 Constructed brig “Condor”, schooner “Wilshere”, schooner “Tantivy”, schooner “Rival”, brig “Plumstead”

1838 Constructed schooner “Lorina Thompson”, schooner “Alexandrina”, schooner “Reindeer”, schooner “Fawn”

1839 Constructed schooner “Mary Atkinson”, schooner “Rowena”, schooner “John Shelley”, brig “Elizabeth”

1840 Constructed schooner “Lucy”, schooner “Sea Nymph”, brig “Lante”, schooner “Earl of Leicester”, schooner “Princess Royal”

1841 Constructed schooner “Norfolk Lass” and schooner “Maid of the Yare”

1842 Constructed schooner “Lovewell”, schooner “Leda”

1844 Constructed schooner “Chas Souchay”

1845 Constructed brig “Agnes”

1846 Constructed schooner “Ianthe”

1847 Constructed schooner “Medea”

1850 Constructed brig “Timamdra”, brig “Crimea”

1851 Constructed schooner “Eclipse”

1852 Constructed brig “Norfolk”, schooner “Eclipse”

1853 Constructed schooner “Xanthus”, barque “Ethelbert

1854 Constructed schooner “Raven”

1857 Constructed schooner “Branch”

1871 Constructed barque “Oleander”[2]

1895/1896 Built iron wherries “Uranus”, “Vega” and “Sirius” for Woods, Sadd and Moore. However, iron wherries proved to be unsightly, hard to control and uncomfortable to live in. “Uranus” was nicknamed “wild horse” as she was so hard to use, the tale goes one skipper used to get so angry with the vessel he would thump it with a coal hammer on the stemhead once or twice "to knock some sense into her".[3]

1912 Listed as the 97th biggest shipbuilding company in Britain constructing 6 ships of a total 548 Gross Tons.

1920s F. T. Everard and Sons Ltd took over the company.

1924 Constructed steamer “Norwich Belle” [4]

1925 Constructed Thames barge “Will” [5]

1928 Built dry cargo motor vessels “Ability” and Amity” for F T Everand & Sons Ltd. Sadly they were both sunk within three days of each other in November 1940 [6]

1930 Constructed “Oulton Belle”, later re-named “Regal Lady” for Yarmouth & Gorleston Steamboat Co for excursions from Yarmouth to Lowestoft. It took part in the Dunkirk evacuation and was used as a tender for troopships on the Clyde.[7]

1935 Constructed passenger motor vessel Western Belle.[8]

1970 Fellows Yard was acquired by Richards (Shipbuilders) of Lowestoft. [9]


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Sources of Information

  1. http://www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk/page_id__341.aspx
  2. Lloyd’s Register Collection LRF/PUN/Yar1042
  3. Black Sailed Traders by Roy Clark, page 83
  4. http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/crashing-of-champagne-marked-shipyard-successes-1-2245414
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_(Thames_barge)
  6. Coasters: An Illustrated History, Roy Kenton, page 120
  7. Historic Ships: The Survivors, Paul Brown
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Western_Belle
  9. http://www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk/page_id__341.aspx