Flipbook: East Yorkshire Historian – Goole Shipbuilding Part 1

Special Collections: Brian Masterman

Goole Shipbuilding Part 1

Brian Masterman Collection: Goole Shipbuilding Part 1.

Brian’s narrative is primarily about the main Goole shipyard, Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Company. In this article, writing about the lesser known names in Goole shipbuilding between 1826 and 1902 he names eleven shipbuilding firms which had collectively produced over fifty vessels by the mid 1850s.  A steady progression in shipbuilding capacity and capability was seen over the next fifty years. The first seagoing iron screw cargo steamer was built at the port in 1875. By the 1890s, the industry had consolidated into just three companies building and repairing boats and ships at Goole. The collapse of Thomas Scott’s business in 1902 came as a great shock. Acquired by Messrs Craggs the new business would be called Goole Shipbuilding and Repairing Company. Operating at the Victoria Shipyard, Goole they launched their first ship into the Dutch River in June 1902 an event extensively reported at the time because it marked a major change of fortunes for shipbuilding at the port.  

Masterman, Brian. (2008) Goole Shipbuilding – the beginning. The East Yorkshire Historian. Vol 9. Pages 55 – 83.

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