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Post Private dockyards


The Times, October 4th, 1794:

" .... Three more frigates, of 38 guns, are just contracted for by Government, to be built at the following private Dock Yards; one at Messrs Adams, at Rotherhith; one at Mr Newland's, Southampton; and one at Mr Joseph Graham's, at Harwich. ...."


Does anyone know which vessels they might have been?




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Like yourself i am intrested in private yard contracts.When i can i hope to research the 100 feet of archives at the NMM if between times something comes up i will reply


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KILIK wrote:
Like yourself i am intrested in private yard contracts.When i can i hope to research the 100 feet of archives at the NMM if between times something comes up i will reply




Welcome from me, too, Kilik! I like searching in The Times archives to see what I can find relating to our favourite era.


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The only vessels I can find that might be these three are the Alcmene Class 32-gun 18-Pounder frigates, designed in 1793 by Sir John Harlow.

There are actually four in the class, all built at private yards, three of the yards matching your Times entry, even though the dates seem out.

1/ Galatea: Ordered 14.02.1793, Launched 17.5.1794 by George Parsons at Bursledon

2/ Cerberus: Ordered 14.2.1793, Launched 25.9.1794 By Henry Adams @ Bucklers Hard (Rotherhith)

3/ Lively: Ordered 14.2.1793 Lauched 23.10.1794 by John Nowlan @ Northam (Southampton)

4/ Alcmene: Orered 14.2.1793 Launched 8.11.1794 by Joseph Graham at Harwich

The Times 38-guns is because they also carried 6 Carronades which were not part of the rated number of guns until 1817, full design armament being:
Upper Deck 26 x 18-Pounder
Quarterdeck 4 x 6pdr + 4 x 24-Pdr Carronades
Forcastle 2 x 6pdr + 2 x 24-Pdr Carronades

Hope that helps

Info from my database, via Rif Winfield's "British Warships in the Age of Sail series" and others

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....thanks, Cy; appreciated!


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Post Women who managed shipyards
There was an interesting 8 minute talk on "Woman's Hour" today, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, in which the presenter Jennie Murray interviewed Dr Helen Doe of the University of Exeter. Helen Doe has been working on women who have run shipbuilding yards and the interview focussed on Mrs Barnard who inherited her husband's yard in Deptford and Mrs Ross who inherited her husband's yard in Rochester. Both yards built east-indiamen and warships for the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars and seem to have been run very successfully by these widows.

If anyone wants to hear it, the piece can be heard for the next few days on the BBC iPlayer web-site. The interview with Helen Doe begins about 35 minutes after the start of the Woman's Hour programme - one can move the tracking slider along the play bar with one's mouse to get to it quickly.

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The Times, January 26th, 1804:

" ........... The Eagle, of 74 guns, building at Messrs Pitchers' yard, at Northfleet, near Gravesend, will be launched the beginning of next month. ....... "

Pitchers' Yard and further info from British History Online.

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