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Richard Green (1803-1863)

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Richard Green (1803-1863), shipowner and philanthropist, of Wigram and Green

1803 Born in Blackwall, son of George Green and his first wife Sarah (nee Perry).

1829 Richard Green became a partner in the firm which was renamed Green, Wigram and Green.

1832 Money Wigram built the first ship for his own account for trade to Australia. The Green family followed suit and began to establish a larger fleet of ships.

1843 The shipbuilding partnership of Wigram and Green expired - the shipyard was then divided down the middle. Money Wigram and Sons retained the western half and the Greens had the eastern half, presumably Richard and Henry Green, later becoming R. and H. Green and Co.

Capitalised on the discovery of gold in Australia by launching a large number of vessels for this route. Just before his death, launched a vessel for the China route.

He established various charities for sailors, schools at Poplar, etc

1861 Shipowner, visiting Reigate Foreign[1]

1863 Obituary. Died in his 59th year. Shipbuilder and ship owner. With his younger brother he owned 30 ships. Said that although iron ships were all the rage now, he was satisfied that one day they would go back to oak. [2]. Henry was one of his executors[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. The Standard, Monday, January 19, 1863
  3. National Probate Calendar
  • Biography, DNB