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R. and H. Green and Co

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1852. The Frigate-built clipper ship, Shannon.
1878. Graving dock at R. and H. Green's shipbuilding yard, Blackwall, by Kinipple and Morris.
1890. Steam lifeboat Duke of Northumberland.

R. and H. Green and Co, shipbuilders, of Blackwall.

The origins of the yard are said to go back to 1612 - the oldest yard in the country - see Blackwall Shipyard

Proprietors of the Blackwall Line to India and Australia

1843 the shipbuilding partnership of Wigram and Green at the Blackwall Shipyard expired; the yard was divided down the middle. Money Wigram and Sons retained the western half and the Greens retained the eastern half, later becoming R. and H. Green and Co.

1851 Built the Amazon for the West India Steam Packet Co[1]

1852 The Amazon was lost at sea having earlier suffered from overheated bearings[2]

Between 1837 and 1877 the yard built 178 ships including the first iron clad, HMS Glatton in 1855, and the first iron merchant man, the Superb, in 1866[3].

Formed F. Green and Co as shipbrokers

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Showed a model of the steel lifeboat Duke of Northumberland. [4]

1894 Acquired by the newly registered R. and H. Green Ltd who continued to build ships at Blackwall until 1907.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 11, 1851
  2. The Times, Jan 08, 1852
  3. The Engineer 1898/12/30
  4. The Engineer of 21st September 1894 p248