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At a site previously 'tenanted' by William Havelock. The University of Newcastle's 'Sine' project offers a print of the 'Laing' yard at Deptford in the period of 1825 to 1835. The vacated 'Bridge Dock' was later, it would seem, occupied by Mr. In the 1881 Census, I read that James was living at Thornhill Hall, Bishopwearmouth, with his wife, four sons, five daughters, & fourteen servants (14 more than I have! It depicted thousands of men (&some women) outside the Police Station & Magistrates Court in Sunderland, in an image which included an Empire Cinema poster with the date of Feb. The vendor indicated that it possibly related to a strike or protest meeting against unemployment as there was a depression in shipbuilding at that time. 12, 1908, Sunderland Town Councilcut off the electricity supplyto the shipbuilding yard of Sir James Laing as it owed them over 2,000.

I was interested to read (page #585, here, from that 1852 volume not now available for download) that John & Philip Laing 'were the first to introduce the novelty of a floating dock on our river. I read also that James Laing was the very first Sunderland shipbuilder to build in iron. The image appears here thanks to Tony Frost, who advises me that 'Laings' had in their history two dry docks, one of which (visible in the image) was opened on Jul. The Lloyds's Register listings linked above, refer however to 'Levant Soc. I was unable to find any WWW references to this vessel & to its wreck.

In 1793, David, his son, joined him in that business. David died very soon thereafter (in 1796, at just age 21. In 1804 they 'leased (or built)' a dry dock located on the N. Philip and John lived on Church Street, Monkwearmouth, near to the yard. The vessel was possibly picking up fuel from the French in Algeria. Silessi stated the U-boat fired two shots from her deck gun and the Belgian Prince sank stern first at about on Aug. Thirty-nine crewmen died in the North Atlantic, courtesy of Wilhelm Werner and the crew of the U-55, but what happened to the ship's master? Englischer bewaffneter Viermastendampfer, 4800ts, in Ballast auslaufend. He also makes no mention of taking the captain prisoner, a clearly evasive entry in the log of the boat to keep this crime a secret.

bank of the River Wear (Monkwearmouth) beside & to the immediate west of the first iron bridge, then in course of construction, i.e. A puzzle perhaps is that it is Philip Laing available for download is no longer so available) as then having a yard at Bridge Dock. When we read of such early days, I suspect that none of us, the webmaster included, understand how very tiny the early Sunderland shipbuilding enterprises truly were. However it would seem that in 1920, the vessel was rather sold to 'Cia Sud-Americana de Vapores', of Valparaiso, Chile, for a Valparaiso to New York service, & renamed Renaico. There seems to be very little WWW data about the vessel. It is unclear if Harry Hassan was brought back on deck or kept as a POW, but I have been told by a family member that he "was never seen or heard from again by his family". The KTB (Kriegstagebuch, in English War Diary) of the U-55 mentions little of the event;"July 31: Unterwasserangriff. In Germany the public was told that what the British press had reported was "A low calumny" and that "Nevertheless, it can be confidently asserted that the story of the German sailors taking the crew of the sunk ship on deck and then submerging and washing them into the sea can only be a low lie and calumny.

Laing, page bottom (have had to disable it, a beautiful Lake Applet featuring a wildebeest, since it makes access to the whole page impossible. To search for specific text on this page, just press 'CTRL F' & then enter your search term. However at this time the Belgian Prince had not sunk and Werner even had some of his own men on the ship.

Whatever data I now have in this section, will, almost certainly expand as new data is received. Pinkney, managers) of Sunderland, which company principally operated a Rotterdam & U. He did the same thing with the crews of the Torrington on Apr. 12 to the crew of the Toro, despicable acts of murder on the high seas.

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