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The years 19 found Doxfords with the highest production of any yard in the world, and 1906 was practically a ship a fortnight, which was an achievement only surpassed many years afterwards.' The City of Sunderland advises us (a 'pdf' file) that 'In 1904 the East Yard was built, and the 3 extra berths helped Doxford's to win the blue riband in 19 for the highest production rate in the world.' The webmaster had thought that the term 'blue riband' was reserved for the vessel which achieved the fastest passage between Europe & North America - but it would seem that the term had other usages. It would have been good to have been able to include the document on site. Marine engine building had commenced at Doxfords in 1878, but I read that in 1909 the first prototype of the Doxford Marine Diesel Engine, an opposed piston, airless injection oil engine, was built, design work having commenced some three years earlier. The Doxford family ownership connection with the yard & engine works ceased in January 1919, I read, when the company was sold to the Northumberland Shipbuilding Company (the only vessel I have so far seen referenced to 'Northumberland' is Success built 1919. The Doxford East Yard was located on the North Sands at Palmer's Hill Quay, about where the Glass Centre is now, as was the William Pile yard through 1873. At that date there were five directors, & every one of them was a Doxford! Also as directors were, Robert Pile Doxford, Charles David Doxford, Albert Ernest Doxford & Robert Doxford. The webmaster has spent a large portion of his life creating such documents for public companies in both Canada & the U. The texts must now, & probably then also, be absolutely perfect but, truth be known, the 1906 notice texts are virtually identical to what would be said today, over 100 years later. Development work, suspended for the duration of WW1, resumed in 1919. Doxford of course used it in vessels they themselves constructed, but over a dozen other firms were licensed to also build it. But the name of Robert Pile Doxford on that patent, filed in 1920 & described above. Per 1 (data Celaeno, 90% down), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). (about 95 metres) long, speed of 8 knots, single screw. 176 (or maybe 177) 'turret ships' (one authoritative site says 184) were built by Doxford in the years through to 1911. The storm continued to rage & the ship was soon driven inland to just 20 yards from the shore. (85 so far referenced in these pages.) And a few more (6) were built by others. Captain Murcassen was brought ashore in a boatswain's chair & his wife too a little later, while the crew stayed aboard until the wreck could be surveyed. In early 1917, (thanks Michael Lowery), Arctic was part owned by 'W. Graham of Tulsa, Oklahoma) and the many pages available at the 'Doxford Engine Friends Association' website, available through this page. , signal letters (as Ellen Jensen) NFRJ, accommodation for 3 passengers.
Perhaps at that point the company would have become 'W. Robert (1851-1932) & Charles (1856-1935), two younger sons also followed into the firm. ) states that the vessel was then owned by 'Mac Kenzie & Mann' of Montreal (I had read that in 1907, the vessel was owned by Canadian Lake & Ocean Navigation Co.
The family members depicted include William Doxford (1812/1882), founder of the company (image at left) & W. The webmaster bid on the item, for inclusion in these pages, but was not successful. The next image depicts the railway shed at the Doxford Pallion shipyard on Apl. Four of the locomotives are crane tank locomotives ('Hendon', 'Roker', 'Millfield' & 'Southwick', from left to right) while at extreme right is saddle tank locomotive 'General'. I am advised that rail operations at the yard, ceased in Feb. Thomas & Co.), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Anon Martinelli', of Rio de Janeiro, & renamed Belem.
Theodore Doxford, his son, (1841/1916), later Sir Theodore Doxford (image at right). 1971, but that all of the 4 locos at left in the image, are preserved. The webmaster has a couple of editions of Lloyd's Registers, ex Google Books, available to him, see left. long, 67.1 metres perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters JQBF. In 1925, the vessel was sold for the last time, to 'Lloyd National, Martinelli'.
This enabled the firm to build vessels up to 540 feet in length and of 20,000 tons capacity. It was a patent re improvements in and relating to engines. The three bidders presumably know the answer to that question! Arron, thank you so much for that most interesting information.'Doxford Engine Friends Association' have lots more on the general subject. Further most difficult efforts followed & eventually, Reid Wrecking Company completed the task. 31, 1909, Turret Bell was towed to Charlottetown by wrecking tug James Reid. Reid Wrecking Co., of Sarnia, Ontario, took over ownership in 1907 (not 1909?
The result of these elaborate extensions was that in the next three years, 1905, 1906, and 1907, the output was 87,000 tons, 106,000 tons and 92,000 tons. Listed essentially as follows: 'PATENT SPECIFICATION No. Including some wonderful images - see 'Gallery', via the links above. ) that details about a few Doxford patents are WWW available - you can find them by inserting 'Charles David Doxford patent' into a Google search box.