John Banks, born 4th June 1795, shipbuilder and timber merchant from Howdendyke and he purchased Howden Hall in 1849.
May 1845 'Fullerton' Brig (Official No.31702) launched Thurday,172 tons for John Banks, Howden. Captain G. Clark. When rigged will leave with cargo for Western Australia.
1845 built Butterwick, Lincolnshire - 'Laurel', Schooner, official No.375, registered Goole, 49 tons, for John Banks, Howden Hall, Howden. March 1870 cabin caught fie whilst lying off in the Ouse opposite Mr. Pearson's Yard, Captain Smith. The fire was quickly put out by several men. 1875 for Israel Jackson, Goole.
1849 built Hull - 'Wave' brigantine, 197 tons, for J. Banks, registered Goole for the Hull to Newcastle route. 1852 Captain H. Bull.
1851 - 'Freebridge' Schooner, official No.31492, 92 tons, registered Goole for J. Banks, Howden, 1867 registered Adelaide for Philip Manuel, Port Adelaide.
December 1852 built by William R. Abbay & Co. at Ayres Quay, Sunderland - 'John Nussey' Schooner, official No.31810, 1853 registered Goole, for John Banks. May 1853 bound from Hull to Melbourne. October 1854 registered Melbourne, 83 x 22 x 11 ft, 148 tons, 1865/80 for Joshua Cocker, Melbourne. (14th August 1858 struck by hurricane force winds in Bass Strait. Leaking badley and partially dismasted the vessel was forced ashore near Griffiths Point, Westernport, drowing the Captain's wife and four of the crew. She was bound for Melbourne from Port Frederick with timber and owned by D. S. Warren a Melbourne merchant, Captain William Brodie.)
December 1853 built Sunderland - 'John Banks' official No.15680, registered Goole, 156 x 30 x 20 ft, 640 tons, registered Goole for John Banks for the London Australia route. 1856 Captain Hume. 1860 Captain F. Young. 1862 registered Leith for MacGregor, Sinclair & Co. Leith. 1862/3 Captain A. Walsh. 1865 Captain D. Cobb. 1870 for Alexander Dunsmure/W. Lindsey, 8 John's Place, Leith, for the London to Nagasaki route. 1970 Captain W. Reynkis. Lost Jan 1871.
1854 'Saltmarshe' Schooner (Official No.4953) 70 tons for John Banks, Howden and Henry Bull, Hull. 1855 Captain H.Bull, registered Goole for the Newcastle/Antwerp run. Captain H. Bull 1860.
1857 'Brackenholme' Brigantine (Official No.18252) 115 tons for John Banks, Howdon, John Holdridge Goole. August 1889 for sale by auction 16-64 shares in vessel.
1859 'Isabella Pratt' Ketch/Schooner (Official No.27159) 63 x 18 x 8 ft, 59 tons. for Goodworth, registered Goole as a Goole coaster. Captain Goodworth 1860. 1870/80 for Thomas Pratt, Babworth. September 1860 sailed Newcastle for Rouen with 20 tons of barytes for Fell & Co. and 10 cwt for Parker & Co. October 1861 arrived Harwich from Dunkirk, Captain Goodwith. May 1864 sailed for Caen, Captain Goodwith. November 1869 arrived Goole, Captain Goodwith. September 1871 arrived London from Middlesborough and sailed for Plymouth, Captain Goodwith. February 1879 sailed Wisbeach, Captain Goodwith. September 1879 sailed West Hartlepool in ballast, Captain Goodwith. August 1882 sailed Goole for Yarmouth, Captain Goodwith. Lost December 1886. storms caused her ashore at Saltfleet, with a cargo of cement for Goole, will probably be wrecked.
1859 -'Thomas Hope' Sloop, official No.27583, registered Goole, 46 tons, March 1871 burnt near Anstruwell bound for Caen from England with petroleum, 3 crew, for John Banks, Howden Hall, Howden.
1859 - 'Two Emmas' Schooner, official No.27582, registered Goole, 121 tons for J. Banks, Howden Hall, Howden.
1859 - 'Isabella Hartley' Brigantine, official No.27987, registered Goole, 152 tons for J. Banks, Howden Hall, Howden.
1859 built Sunderland - 'Wressle Castle' Barque, official No. 27588, 316 tons, for J. Banks & Son, Howden, 1867 registered London for J. Thomson, London. 1870 for James Baines, Liverpool. 1875 registered Melbourne for Andrew McIntyre, Melbourne.
1860 'James Pratt' Schooner (Official No.28414) 117 tons. October 1860 wrecked off Pelinge on voyage from Rouen, 100 miles from Cronstadt during storms, crew saved. Owner Thomas Pratt.,
November 1860. Loss of the ‘James Pratt’ – ‘the following letter has been received respecting the loss of this vessel; the vessel was bound for Cronstadt :- “Barjon, 29th Oct., a dark and dismal night, blowing a hurricane. In an instant the ship commenced thumping, and we at once perceived it was on a rock. At three o’clock I was washed overboard, as in the act of getting a boat out. The sea jammed me between the two boats, and another sea took me overboard again, and, thank God, I was washed on a portion of rock close by the ship, with ten feet dry rock. I was sixteen hours on the rock, when taken off to a hut on the island. The old man and woman were very kind to me. They bathed me with hot water all night, when I came round. I remained there three days when they took to the nearest town, which was 16 miles distant. They got a doctor, but he said I said I should not live an hour. I have come to this town to see the British Consul. All my crew were thirty hours in the rigging before they were taken off. Part of the sails are saved, and all the rigging. She lost an anchor, cable, and part cargo. I am afraid I shall not get her off. She was lost off Fellings, 100 miles from Cronstadt. The crew will be sent off as soon as the consul can get them a passage. We have lost all clothing but what can we wear?”
1860 - 'Surprise' Ketch, official No.28410, registered Goole, 54 tons for J. Banks, Howden Hall, Howden. 1880/90 for David Fenwick Johnson, 40 South Street, Goole.
1861 - 'Babthorp' Brigantine 192 tons, 95 x 23 x 12 ft, Captain Oldridge (1870), for J. Banks for the Goole Baltic run.
1863 'Sarah & Jane' Schooner (Official No. 47111) 77 x 19 x 19 ft, 96 tons for Christopher Turgoose, Old Goole. 1867 for Colverson & Co. registered Goole, Captain Colverson for the Goole coastal trade.
1864 - 'Swallow' Schooner, official No.50412, 116 tons. 83 x 20 x 10 ft, Captain G. Calvert (1870), built for John Banks for Goole Trade. August 1889 for sale by auction 16-64 shares in vessel . 1890 for Peter Cherry, 83 Edinboro Street, Goole . Captain Rockett Captain. About 1897 went down in winter gale off Yarmouth.
1865 'Jane & Mary' Sloop (Official No. 50428) 37 tons. 1880 registered Goole and owned by John Bennett, Goole. 1890 Robert Batty, Hull.
'Cass' schooner 104 tons, 82 x 20 x 10, Captain W. Moat (1870), built 1866 for W. Cass, Goole for the Goole trade.
1866 'William Cass' Schooner (Official No. 54509) 96 tons, 83 x 20 x 10 ft, registered Goole and in 1880 owned by Caleb Kilner, Dewsbury. 1867 Captain W. Moat. (1890 George Kilner.)
1866 - 'Howden' Schooner, official No.54506, registered Goole, 120 tons, 89 x 21 x 11 ft, for John Banks jnr, Howden, for the Hull to Mediterranean trade, Captain W. Robinson. 1875 for William Banks, Stainer Hall, Selby.
1867 'John & James' Schooner (Official No. 54519) 63 tons, 83 x 18 x 8 ft. 1867 for Banks & Co. registered Goole, Captain Tomlinson for the Hull coastal trade. 1880 registered Dumfries and owned by George Thomson, Dumfries. 1890 John Tait, Kirkcudbright.
'Brackenholme' Brigantine/Schooner 108 tons, 88 x 20 x 10, Captain J.Holdridge, (Captain G. Moat 1870) built 1869 for the Goole - Lisbon trade. Official No. 58731. 1870 for John Banks, Howden Hall, Howden. 1880 owned by William Banks, Hemingbrough Hall, Hemingbrough. 1885 for Ebenezer J. Foster, Banks Terrace, Goole. January 1889 in collision at St. Peter-le Port, Guernsey with a French vessel. She is insured by the Goole Marine Insurance Society and owned by Captain Ramsey and several others. 1890 owned by Peter Cherry, Goole. 1900 for Richard Earnshaw, 79 Edinburgh Street, Goole.
1869 'Cambria', Ketch (Official No.60187) 54 tons owned by Thomas Ramster,Hull (1880).
1871 built Howdendyke - 'Unity' Schooner, official No.58743, registered Goole, 179 tons, for John Banks, Howden Hall, Howden. 1880 for John W. Fisher, 4 Weelsby Terrace, New Clee.
1871 'Superb' Ketch (Official No. 58749) 56 tons. 1880 registered Grimsby and owned by Thomas Raddings, 1 Fish Dock, Grimsby. 1890 Charles Henry Saunby, Fleetwood.
November 1873 - 'Merlin', Brigantine/Three Masted Schooner, Official No.67811, 107 x 26 x 15 ft, 500 tons burthen, 248 tons, March 1878 the brigantine under Captain William Curtis Johnson, bound for Berwick from New Orleans, with oilcake for Messrs. J. Carter and Son, of Berwick has put into St. Michaels, Azores, with disabled steering gear and loss of sails. October 1879 St. John's New Foundland the brigantine arrived from Cardiff and was struck by heavy seas which carried away deckhouse, boats, stanchions and bulwalks. 1873/80 owned by William Cass, Lincoln. November 1884 it is necessary that our Customs authorities should be take every possible precaution against the introduction of sickness, as vessels are arriving almost daily from Nates and the river Loire where it is reported cholera exits in a virulent form. The brigantine 'Merlin' of Goole, has arrived at Cardiff, from Nantes with sickness on board. The medical officer is in attendance.
August 1875 'Guiding Star', Clipper Schooner, (Official No.73582), 200 tons owned by John Banks jnr, Howden Dyke. Capt. Weatherill, Knottingley will command her.1880 registered London, owned by Joseph Wetherall, Knottingley. 1900 for Martin Thomas, Wadebridge, Cornwall. 1915 registered in Pastow for Martin Thomas, Plymouth.
November 1878 'Sparkling Glance' Schooner (Official No. 81538) 100 x 25 x 13 ft, 159 tons. Captain Wetherill, of Knottingley for the Newfoundland trade. 1880 owned by William Banks, Hemmingbrough. 1890 Alexander Meek, Goole.
11th February 1878 Sarah wife of John Banks died aged 72 years.
Born about 1836 in Northumberland he went on to marry Mary Hope of Selby, daughter of Thomas Hope keelman and master of 'Wressle Castle'. In 1881 he was described as a shipbuilder employing 3 men and 4 apprentices. By 1891 his sons John and Hope was helping with the shipbuilding and in 1901 sons John, Hope and Thomas assisted him, he was 65 by then. March 1905 - Mr. T. Caisley, son of Mr. W. Caisley of Howdendike shipyard, died early on Monday morning. Deceased underwent an operation on Saturday. He leaves a widow and family. Mr. W. Caisley died 29th January 1920 and his wife Mary died 2nd March 1930 aged 89 years . February 1920 - Caisley, At Howdendyke, Howden, on January 31st, 1920, William Caisley, shipbuilder, aged 84 years. Interred at Howden Parish Church, Wednesday, February, 4th at 2.30.
In 1892 Baines Directory he is mentioned under Kilpin and under Skelton as shipbuilder.
1881 'Polyhymnia', Ketch (Official No.82507) 73 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890). 1900 registered Yarmouth for Hewett & Co. Ltd, Shadwell.
May 1883 'Elite' Schooner official No. 67839, 118 tons built at a cost of £3,000 for the Newfoundland trade in 1883. Owned by George J. King, Goole. (1890). (1891 Owned by Mr. J. Raddings and part owner Captain Mark Robert Hargrave in command . 'Elite' discovered November 18th 1897 mid Atlantic, on route Cadiz for St. John's, Newfoundland with a cargo of salt. The crew were starving and after being rescued by the 'Rossmore' the 'Elite' was abandoned and the crew landed at New York.)
1884 'Proserpine', Ketch (Official No.88197) 87 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1884 'Thalia', Ketch (Official No.88161) 80 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890). 1900 registered Yarmouth for Hewitt & Co. Ltd. Shadwell, London.
1885 'Parthenon', Ketch (Official No.91428) 90 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890). 1900 for William Caisley, Howden Dyke.
1886 'Metis', Ketch (Official No.93085) 90 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1887 'Iris', Ketch (Official No.93103) 91 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890). 1900 for John Edward Champney, London.
1887 'Egeria', Ketch (Official No.93116) 92 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
January 1889 'Maud Mary', English Oak Ketch (Official No.91320) 90 x 21 x 9 ft, 77 tons, February 1889 registered Goole, owned by George Herbert Anderton, Howden. (1890/1900). 1910/15 registered Bideford for William Quince, Appledore, Devon. 1920 for Matthew Butcher, 52 South Quay, Yarmouth. 1930 auxillary motor added for Edwin T. Robinson, Weston-super-Mare. 1940 auxillary motor Schooner for William G. R. Ball, Plympton, Devon.
June 1889 - 'Mary Isabel' Oak Sloop rigged Keel, 60 x 16 x 7 ft, to carry 120 tons, launched by Mr. Ezra Gooderidge for river and canal trade.
'George Kilner' Top Sail Schooner official No. 91324, 124 tons built 1891. 1891/99 for George Kilner, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury. (Painting by Reuben Chappell in Goole Museum Picture Link).
'Golden Wedding' Largest vessel built here and made of British oak and copper bottomed. Brigantine, official No.98394, 216 tons, 120 x 28 x 13ft. Heigth of spars 110 ft. Built May 1893 for George Kilner, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, for golden wedding aniversary, launched by grand-daughter Annie Kilner.The vessel was wrecked off Chiltapee, Mexico in 1907 (Painting by Reuben Chappell in Goole Museum) Picture Link . Notes about voyage from a seaman on board at Goole Library.
May 1896 'Hydro', Oak Sloop (Official No.106737) 51 tons, will carry 120 tons, registered Goole, owned by George Herbert Anderton, of the Ouse Chemical Works, Howden. (1900/30). Edgar Dawson Ltd, Scunthorpe. (1940)
1901 - 'Beatrice' Brigantine, official No. 114032, 99 tons registered Goole. 1904/11 registered St. John's Newfoundland, for James Rorke, Carbonear, Newfoundland.
August 1905 – ‘Hope Caisley, Skelton, shipbuilder, was charged with being drunk on the highway at Barmby on the 7th inst. P.C. Nicholson gave evidence and a fine of 5s and 3s costs was imposed.’
Built Grimsby 1856 - 'Zuma' Schooner, official No. 14440, registered Wisbeach, 96 tons, 1870 for George Prest, Sutton Bridge. 1880 for William Cawthorn, Knottingley. 1890/1900 for Israel Jackson, Goole. December 1905 - Mr J. Cawthorn offered for sale at Goole yesterday by instruction of the executors of the late Mr Israel Jackson, the schooner 'Zuma', carrying 180 tons dead weight to sea, The purchaser was Mr W. Caisley, shipbuilder, Howdendyke, at £240. 1910 for William Caisley, Howden Dyke.
Built Hylton, Durham 1865 'Madby Ann' Schooner, official No. 53119, 70 tons, registered Sunderland, 1867 for Charles G. Benson, Durham, 1870/1900 registered London for William Johnson, Knottingley. 1910 for William Caisley, Howden Dyke. 1919 registered Falmouth and engine fitted, Wooden Screw Steamer, 76 x 22 x 11 ft, 60 tons, 70 b.h.p. for Allen Adams & Co. Ltd. Southampton.
Mr. Thomas Chester, Kilpin Pike.
January 1870 - Mr. W. Woad has received instructions to sell by auction in the yard of Mr. T. Chester, a well built and useful new Keel, 57 x 15 x 7 ft, to carry 100 tons. Also for sale 3 new boats, one 14 ft and two 13 ft long.
At Skelton, March 23rd 1870, Henry son of Thomas Chester, ship-builder, died aged 8 weeks.
Mr W. Woad has received instructions to sell by auction, without reserve, on Thursday May 5th 1870 in the shipyard of Mr. T. Chester at Kilpin Pyke, the whole of shipwrights, smiths and joiners plant.
Other Ship Builders
October 1813 'Huddersfield' Brig, for the Hull to London trade.
1815 'Easter' Sloop (4964 Official No.) 1854 registered Goole, 33 tons 1865/80 for John Watson, Howden, John Holdridge, Goole.
1819 'John' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1820 'Mary' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1822 'Ann' Sloop (Official No 4801) 36 tons 1865/80 for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1825 'Jane' Sloop (Official No.4958) October 1841 registered Goole, 33 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike 1865/90..
1827 'Martha' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1828 'Susannah', Sloop (Official No.4875) 36 tons for Henry Thomas Watson, Hull.
1836 'Tryphena' Sloop (Official No.4703) 41 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1839 'Elizabeth', Sloop (Official No. 24995) December 1854 registered Hull, 44 tons 1865/70 for James Watts, Hull. 1880 for John Would, Hull. 1890 for William W. Mitchell, Market Place, Boston.
December 1845 'Margaret' Sloop (Official No.23133) 45 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike, for the coastal trade.(1880 registered Goole) 1890 David Abbey, Kilpin Pike.
1852 'Richard', Sloop (Official No.4839) 47 tons, 1865/75 for Thomas Clegg, Wm Turgoose. May 1868 claim against owners for saving the sloop and cargo of wheat, which stranded on Blakeney West Sands on April 8th, crew safely removed. They were awarded £100.
D.E. Scarr. Ship Builder from about 1902-1969.
Joseph Scarr & Sons. Ship Builder.
T. H. Scarr . Ship Builder.
Building Lighters, Barges, Sloops and Yachts
February 1903 - 'Lark' Iron Lighter, 300 tons, the first vessel built at T.S. Scarr on order for Messrs Scott of Hull.
'Spinner's Rose' , Tug launched by Mrs. Rose for Spillers Ltd, Millers.
'Claire-Louise', steel trawler 25 tons for S. Dodgson Ltd, Bridlington
1903 built Howden Dyke - 'Linnet' official No.116145, registered Hull, 124 tons, 1910/40 for John A. Scott Ltd, 11 High Street, Hull.
1903 built Howden - 'Lark' official No.116135, registered Hull, 125 tons, 1910/40 for John A Scott Ltd. 11 High Street, Hull.
June 1903 built by Scarr, Howden - 'Starling' official No.116163, registered Hull, 87 tons, the sixth Lighter of an order of ten for Messrs J. A. Scott & Co. Hull.
July 1903 built by Scarr, Howden - 'Snipe' official No.116164, registered Hull, 64 x 18 x 9 ft, 87 tons, the eighth Lighter of an order of ten for Messrs J. A. Scott & Co. Hull.
1903 built Howden - 'Petrel' official No.118789, registered Hull, 87 tons, for John A. Scott Ltd. 11 High Street, Hull.
1903 built Howden - 'Quail' official No.118788, registered Hull, 87 tons, for John A. Scott Ltd, 11 High Street, Hull.
March 1904 - 'No. 7' Steel Lighter built by Joseph Scarr & Sons, 70 x 20 x 9 ft, 250 tons,registered Hull for Charles O. F. Saner & Leonard Harrison, 161 High Street Hull. 1920 for Saner & Harrison Ltd. The Avenue, High Street, Hull. 1930/40 for Saner & Harrison, 27 High Street, Hull.
September 1905, 'Guillemot' Steel Lighter (Official No. 121082) built by Joseph Scarr & Sons, 63 x 17 x 8 ft, 73 tons, for Messrs D. Hurtley & Sons Ltd, Hull. 1920 for the Cooperative Wholesale Society Ltd, Manchester.
1908 'Derwent No. 11', Sailing Vessel. Registered York.
1908 'Tempus', Sailing Vessel. Official No.125695, 89 tons,owned by Joseph Rank, Clarence Flour Mills, Hull. 1930/40 for B. I. Transort Co. Ltd. London.
1908 'Edale', Sailing Vessel. (Official No.125694) 89 tons for Joseph Rank, Hull. 1930/40 for B. I. Transort Co. Ltd. London.
1908 'Brough', Sailing Vessel. (Official No.125736) 91 tons for Joseph Rank, Hull. 1930/40 for B. I. Transort Co. Ltd. London.
1908 'Grano', Sloop (Official No.125737) 91 tons for Joseph Rank, Clarence Flour Mills, Hull. 1930/40 for B. I. Transort Co. Ltd. London.
August 1912, 'Hooke' Seagoing Ketch registered Goole, official No. 128879, built by Joseph Scarr & Sons, 115 x 22 x 11 ft, 160 tons, 1915/40 for Goole & Hull Steam Towing Co. Ltd., Goole.
December 1922 built by T. H. Scarr, Howden - 'Kagu' Steel Lighter, official No.146506, 70 x 19 x 9 ft, 105 gross tons, launched by Miss Mona Scarr, for Messrs John A. Scott, Ltd. Hull (1922/40).
January 1925 'Charles William', Steel Keel (official No. 148413) 58 x 15 x 7 ft, 56 tons for Mr. Jonas Braithwaite, Hull. For the Hull - West Riding trade, duplicate keel on the stocks (see below).
February 1925 'Brasso', Steel Keel 58 x 15 x 7 ft, 125 tons for Mr. Jonas Braithwaite, Hull.
April 1925 'Grateful', Steel Sloop, 67 x 17 x 8 ft, for Mr. G. D. Holmes, Goole.
November 1925 'Reklaw', Steel Motor Barge official No. 149036, registered Hull, 60 x 15 x 6 ft, 30 tons, 50 b.h.p. for Messrs. J. H. Walker & Co., York.
May 1927 built by T.H. Scarr, Howden - 'Broadtail' Steel Lighter, official No.160040, registered Hull, 71 x 19 x 9 ft, 100 tons, for Messrs John A. Scott Ltd. Hull.
October 1929 'Murre', Steel Lighter, 70 x 19 x 9 ft, for Messrs. John A Scott Ltd, Hull.
'Teddie', Built March 1933. Steel Lighter 250 tons, 70 x 20 x 9ft, for Messrs. John Deheer Ltd, High Street, Hull. Master Edwin W. Sargus.
'Dixie', Built January 1936. Steel Swim Barge 180 tons, For London owners.
'Dolly', Built January 1936. Steel Swim Barge 180 tons, For London owners.
December 1947 'Thornwick, Pleasure Steamer official No.181336, the largest vessel built at Howden,registered Hull, 100 x 21 x 8 ft, twin 250 h.p. engines, capable of carrying 350 persons owned by Lt. Col. Butler of Leeds to ply from Bridlington in the summer.
Ships built in 1955 'Anne M Rishworth', 'Robert P Rishworth'
'Scarmari', Brabant yatch built about 1964
Sullage Lighter built about 1967 150 tons.
For further reading 'Planned to Death, The annihilation of a place called Howdendyke' by J. Douglas Porteous.