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John Pile, shipbuilder, of Hartlepool.
John Pile’s family were shipbuilders on the River Wear, about twenty miles (32 km) north of Hartlepool.
1852 John Pile was asked to set up a shipyard in West Hartlepool by Ralph Ward Jackson, who was developing the docks area of the town.
1853 Construction work on the shipyard began.
1854 Pile’s first ship from the new yard was the Mirage, a wooden sailing ship, launched in 1854. He extended the business around the same time by founding the West Hartlepool Rolling Mills Co. This was an iron works, which supplied materials to build iron ships.
1856 The first iron ship to be built at the yard was the Demitrius, launched in 1856. During this period, Pile traded under the company names of :
1863 one of his brothers, Thomas Hunter Pile, began his own shipbuilding business T. H. Pile and Co in a nearby yard.