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William Pile was a shipbuilder in Sunderland
1846 He worked in many yards before starting his own company in 1846.
1848 He then took over the family yard in 1848.
He built more than 100 ships in wood and almost as many in iron, and was renowned for his tea clippers. A talented draughtsman, he was described as the greatest ship designer of his age.
Early 1860s The largest yard on the Wear - converted to iron in the early 1860s 
1873 His yard closed after his death in 1873 and was sold to pay his creditors.