Shipping at Wakefield
John Collinson born 1760, a sloop and boat builder, married to Susannah Lake and children, Sarah, Abraham, John, Mary, William, Ann, James and Thomas.
The business survivied under the ownership of his son, Thomas Collinson born 16th May 1807, in the 1841 census he was resident in Bridge Street and living with Betsey (Elizabeth Cordingley), Sarah, John and James.
The 'Union', Schooner rigged vessel built May 1840 at the dockyard of Thomas Collinson, for Thomas Chappell, owner and Captain for the coasting trade.
James Craven began a boat-building business in Wakefield in 1825. James Craven born 1785 lived at Bridge House, married Maria and had children, Betsy, Ann Jane, Clara. Martha and Frederick, continued in business with ship -yards near to Wakefield Mill and at Fall Ing cut until 1856 when he sold out to Robert Stead.
The 'James', Schooner built 1839, 190 tons for the coasting and foreign trade.
The 'Mary & Elizabeth', Sloop built February 1839, for Mr. G.W. Harrison of Wakefield, Corn Factor. A party was held at the 'Haunch of Venison', Kirkgate, in honor of the event
1841 - 'Friendship' Sloop, Official No. 4725, 59 x 13 x 7 ft, 54 tons, registered Goole for John Collins, Wisbeach. (1870)
The 'William', Coasting vessel built October 1843, built for Messrs Pickard & Saville of Wakefield.
1848 - 'Two H. H.' Sloop, Official No. 184, 59 x 16 x 7 ft, 62 tons, registered Goole for Mrs Harriet Depledge, Pontefract. (1870)
Robert Stead born 1805, married Isabella Smith and had children Hannah, George, Mary Ann, Joseph, Mary Ann, Mary Jane, Emma, Robert, Joe,, Benjamin and John.
In 1875 he went on to marry Charlotte Burnhill and had children Percy, Ada Amy and Tom
George Stead Boat Builder of Calder Street, born 1832, married Elizabeth and had children Robert James, Emma, Mary Ann, George and Thomas.
The 'Ann & Maria', Sloop built 1848, Official No.24731, 42 tons owned in 1880 by Benjamin Pollard, Knottingley.,
The 'Friendship', Sloop built 1850, Official No.14421, 35 tons owned in 1880 by John Ridgeway, Wisbeach., Martha L. Robinson, Hull (1890)
1859 'Jehovah Jireh' Schooner (Official No. 27143) 59 tons. 1880 registered Goole and owned by William Cass, Lincoln. 1881 commanded by William Henry Aspinall, John William Fenton, Mate. Rebuilt 1885. 1890 for Edward Willmott, 16 Sotheron Street, Goole. 1900 for Israel Jackson, Dock Side, Goole. See also Goole, Israel Jackson.
The 'R.H. Pearson', Sloop built 1861, registered Hull, Official No. 43800, 36 tons owned by Abraham Beaumont, Reedness.(1870).
May 1868 'Village Flowers' Ketch (Official No. 58726) 55 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by John Wilby, Bottom Boat.(1890 David F. Johnson, Goole.)
May 1822 - To Boat Builders. To be let, a commodious yard, at Agbrigg, near Wakefield, well situated for carrying on the above business in an extensive way, being replete with every convenience. The yard joins upon the Barnsley Canal, and is but a short distance from the river Calder. Apply to Mr. Joseph Hemingway, Heath near Wakefield.
Another boat-building concern from which documents survive was that of Edward and Samuel Womack, founded at Agbrigg in 1838.
Edward was born 2nd March 1795 in Agbrigg. In the 1851 census he is described as aged 54 years and a Master Carpenter employing other workers. He was married to Harriet Hesslegrave and had children, Anne, Sarah Ann, Martha, George, Thomas, and John.
Samuel was born 30th December 1796 in Warmfield. In the 1851 census he is described as aged 54 years and a Master Carpenter employing other workers. He was married to Hannah Milnthorpe and had children, Ann, Helen, Marcus, Mary, Rachel, Ruth, Sarah, Young and Wynn.
In 1861, 1871 and 1881 they were together with their daughter Ann . Samuel died 13th January 1883.
The Mr N. Turner, of Bottomboat, Near Wakefield.
The 'Pride', Keel equal to 105 tons burthen, built in 1880 at a cost of £500.
June 1884 'The Mystery' Keel launched from the Old Bridge Dockyard of William Riley of Leeds & Wakefield.The keel 80 x 16 x 8 ft, 170 tons was built for Messrs Locke & Co, Colliery Proprietors, Kippax and Wakefield, and in the charge of Captain Spence.
November 1891 - A limited company, known as William Heslop & Co.Ltd, was formed with a registered capital of £40,000, for working the patent of seamless boat construction, and with Colonel Mackie, of Wakefield as chairman of the directors.The works at Calder Vale, Wakefield, formerly known as Whitham's Forge.The first boat constructed was the 'City of Wakefield', Steel, 15ft x 4ft, 3 tons and could be used as lifeboats on larger vessels.
April 1898 'Princess Helen', Steel Steam Launch to the order of Mr. William Tempest, of Ackworth Grange, to be used by his youngest son and others who are going to the Klondyke .
May 1929, Hyland (Ltd), Wood Street, Wakefield, for sale Motor Cruiser, 33ft, £750, Smart River Launch 23 ft, £295, Fast Runabout, 20ft, £175.
April 1839 - Vessels by Mr. William Pearson at the house of Mr. John Atack, the New Elephant Inn, Wakefield, on Friday April twelfth, 1839 at three o'clock in the afternoon. Three boats or vessels called the ' Brothers', six years old, six feet in height, the 'George' eight years old, five feet 10 inch in height, and the 'Four Brothers', ten years old, five feet ten inches in height, each having mast, sail, anchor, cable and covers and all materials for the Hull and Liverpool trade. N.B. The above vessels are in good repair, excellent lighters, capable of carrying fifty tons at four feet of water, and are well worthy the attention of persons in the trade. An inventory of all the materials belonging each vessel will be given at the time of sale - further particulars and to view the same, application may be made at the Navigation Warehouse, Wakefield, two days previous to the sale.
March 1842 - Thomas Collinson (34) was charged with having uttered a forged acceptance upon a bill of exchange purporting to be the acceptance of George Turner. Mr. Hall and Mr. Pashley were for the Prosecution. The prosecuter Mr. Abraham Windle, is a timber merchant, near Wortley, near Sheffield, the prisoner is a vessel builder at Wakefield and extensive dealings had taken place between them. The prisoner had been in habit of paying money into the bank of Messrs Hemington & Co. to Mr Windle's credit and having been pressed to reduce the balence in August, the prisoner paid in the bill in question, which purported to be the acceptance of George Turner of Wakefield, boat builder. The bill not being on a proper stamp was not placed to Mr. Windle's account until the month of November, when it was sent up to London for payment and returned dishonoured. The prisoner afterwards became a bankrupt and the commision was worked at Wakefield. Some inquiry was made respecting the acceptor and the prisoner said he believed that the George Turner, who had accepted the bill, had gone to sea and that the vessel had been lost - that he sailed from Spalding. It was proved that there was no George Turner of Spalding. He also stated that he had built a boat for this George Turner, which was constructed by the keeper of the falling lock, near Wakefield. The only George Turner residing in Wakefield was called and proved he had not accepted the bill in question. The Jury brought in a verdict of Guilty.
June 1851 - John Howarth, a waterman of Wakefield, was employed by George Goodair, a boat-master of the same place, to work a narrow boat to Stockport, with a cargo of grain, belonging to a Wakefield corn merchant. It is usual for the master to pay the dues and incidental expenses incurred on the passage. For this purpose, Howarth was furnished with £6. He took the boat out a short distance from the wharf and instead of proceeding with as much speed as possible, he left the boat, cargo and all, and betook himself to a convenient public house and began a spree, which continued as long as any of the £6 remained. When it was gone he went back to the boat, was sorry for his conduct and promised better. He was allowed to take the vessel under his management, with the stipulation that he should work the misappropriated money out, and not be allowed charge of the dues-money. The money was given to a young man on board. When they had gone a little further still, by some false pretences he got 30s from the young man and went off to spend it, as he had the £6. A warrant was taken out by Goodair and he was brought before the magistrates and remaned till next Monday.
June 1851 - Grand Teetotal Trip for two - days to Goole and down the Humber. The Committee of the Bradford Long Pledged Teetotal Association beg to announce that a special train will leave Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds and under-mentioned stations for Goole and by Packet Boats down the Humber on Monday June 23rd 1851. Fares from Bradford, Halifax, Huddersfield, and stations to Horbury and back. 1st Class 4s 6d, 2nd Class 3s 6d, 3rd Class 2s 6d. Fares from Leeds and Wakefield 4s, 3s, 2s. Fare by the 'Eagle' and 'Calder' Steam Packets down the Humber and back 1s. Parties will thus have an opportunity of witnessing the various sights on the Humber and to make short trips by Packet to New Holland at half the usual charge, and also to Paul, Barton Etc. Persons staying at Goole may indulge in Trips on the river at 6d each. The Bradford Temperance Brass Band will accompany the trip and play in two parties on board the steamers.
January 1857 - On Tuesday, at the White Swan Inn, Kirkgate Wakefield, on the body of William Torr. Deceased aged 28 years was a waterman of South Hunsley. He was employed with his horse on the previous evening in hauling a boat up the river from Stanley Ferry, and on coming to the lock near Wakefield near Wakefield Low Mills disengaged the animal from the boat. Shortley afterwards he proceeded in search of the horse, which had strayed, the night being thick and foggy, and missing his way, he walked into the lock. His body was got out about three quarters of an hour afterwards. Verdict 'Accidentally drowned'.
October 1857 - An inquest was held on Monday before T. Taylor Esq. coroner, at Heywood Arms Inn, Stanley Ferry, on view of the body of a man, name unknown, who fell into the canal near the aqueduct that morning. the deceased, who was a waterman, was engaged on Sunday evening by Elijah Jones, the master of the keel called the 'Two Sisters', of Lincoln, to assist in getting the boat to Wakefield. About four o'clock on Monday morning he got on shore with the line, for the purpose of hauling the boat, and after proceeding a short distance he was heard to fall into the water. On being got out about five minutes afterwards life was extinct. Deceased was about twenty five years of age and was known to some watermen by the name of 'Tom'.
September 1860 - Mr Henry Thompson, boat builder, residing Castleford, brought an action against Mr Thomas Smith, also a boat owner to recover the sum of £10 11s 2d for damages in consequence of the plaintiff's neglect. It appeared that on the 18th July last, the plaintiff took is vessel, the 'Hannah', to Portobello, in order to load with coals, but there being several others there, he was compelled to take his turn, so after fastening the vessel he went home intending to return in one week. The defendant had also a boat there the 'Native' commanded by a man named Robert Olliver who, having to paint his vessel, loosened plaintiff's boat in order that he might stand upon it to paint his own vessel. After doing so he left the 'Hannah' in such an insecure state that the water running down a stream from some mills caused her to shift into a position where the water being shallow her bottom came into contact with a pile, which knocked a hole through her and caused her to sink. His Honour gave a verdict for the plaintiff for the full amount sought, with the attorney's and witnesses costs.
May 1888 - At Wakefield on Monday, Edward Newborn of Wakefield, summoned Goerge Robinson, boat Captain, Slaithwaite, for assault. Complainant alledged that on the 17th, whilst both were waiting with their boats at the locks, defendant came up and after using threatening language jumped on to the compainants boat and struck him several times. Robinson admitted the offence but said that Newborn had brought it on by persisting in passing him when he was beyond the 'distance stump' thereby putting him(defendant) in great danger of having his boat sunk. The Bench ordered Robinson to pay 16s costs.
April 1929 - An inquest is to be held on Mary Jane Johnson (59) a barge womwn, whose body was recovered from Barge Dock at Goole. The deceased who belonged to Wakefield fell off a flyboat on Thursday night and was drowned.
Vessels built at Wakefield (Unknown Builder).
1820 - 'Merchantman' for Benjamin Watson, Knottingley.
The 'Accomodation', Sloop built 1825, Official No.4963, 38 tons owned in 1880/90 by William Standering, Selby.
1826 'Robert & Sarah' Sloop (Official No. 7675) 37 tons. 1880 owned by Robert Jackson, Hull.
1827 'Wellington' Sloop (Official No. 56221) 32 tons, built Agbrigg. 1880 owned by George Smith, Hull.
1830 'Oak' Ketch (Official No. 68739) 42 tons. 1880/90 registered Goole, owned by George Redman, Goole.
1831 'Jane', Sloop (Official No. 6472) 37 tons. 1880 registered Hull and owned by John Dannatt, Barrow, Lincs.
1831 'New Superior' Sloop (Official No. 15722) 43 tons. 1880 registered Boston, owned by William Snart, Boston. 1890 Robert Donninson, Boston.
The 'Freedom', Sloop built 1834, Official No.12412, 35 tons owned in 1880 by J. Harrison, Boston.
1838 built Wakefield - 'Planet' Sloop, official No. 4817, registered Goole, March 1865 sailed Wisbeach for Goole with corn. 1867 registered Wisbeach, 50 tons, 1870 for Peter Ridgway, Wisbeach. 1880 for John Ridgway, Wisbeach. 1890 registered Lynn for David Abbey, Howden Dyke. 1900 registered Hull for Joseph Faulding, Leonard Street, Hull. 1910 for Joseph Faulding, 22 Queen's Road, Hull.
1839 'William & Susannah' Sloop (Official No. 4711) 34 tons. Registered Goole and in 1870/80 owned by John Backhouse, Howden Dyke.
1840 'William & Ellen' Sloop (Official No. 489) 42 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by J.R. Collinson, Hull.
The 'Mary & Maria', Sloop built 1841, Official No.4737, 39 tons registered Wisbeach and owned in 1880 by Richard Lee Furley, Hull.
1841 'Sarah' Sloop (Official No. 5509), 56 tons for Joseph Carlile, Barton.
1841 'Wakefield' Sloop (Official No. 4776) 42 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by John Joseph Smith, Durham.
The 'Concord', Sloop built 1842, Official No.559, 49 tons owned in 1880 by Francis Simpson, Friskney, Lincs.
The 'Caroline & Elizabeth', Sloop built 1842, Official No.18607, 40 tons owned in 1880 by John Lord, Winteringham, 1890 owned by Jas. David Battersby,Hull
1843 'John & Mary' Sloop (Official No. 18606) 42 tons. 1880 registered Goole and owned by John Traviss, Ferrybridge.
1843 'William' Sloop (Official No. 4847) 51 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by John R. Jones, London. (1890 Thomas Dunn, Hull.)
1843 'Thomas & Ann' Sloop (Official No. 4934) 42 tons. 1880 registered Lynn and owned by Joseph Chapman, Grimsby, 1890.
Built Wakefield 1843 - 'William & Susannah' Sloop, registered Goole, official No. 21831, 51 tons, 1870 for John Hargrave, Knottingley. 1875 for Robert Fell, Newcastle.
The 'Frances Ann', Sloop built 1844, Official No.600, 42 tons owned in 1880 by Whittel Brown, Knottingley. 1890 John Hodgson, Hull.
The 'Anne', Sloop built 1845, Official No.11283, 44 tons owned in 1880/90 by John Gibson, Hull.
The 'Bottle Imp', Sloop built 1845, Official No.4830, 45 tons owned in 1880 by William Sutton, Goole.
The 'Major', Schooner built 1845, Official No.18840, 48 tons owned in 1880 by William Murray, Brotherton.
1846 'Industry' Sloop (Official No. 5629) 43 tons. Built Agbrigg, 1880 owned by Joseph Rudge, Hull.
1846 'Three Anns' Sloop (Official No. 4877) 45 tons. registered Goole and in 1880/90 owned by William Cawthorn, London.
1846 'Two Sarahs' Sloop (Official No. 5449) 46 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by John Wake, Brotherton.
The 'Gem', Sloop built 1847, Official No.21804, 53 tons owned in 1880/90 by William Sutton, Goole.
1847 'Watson' Sloop (Official No. 4926) 51 tons. 1880 owned by Sarah Watson, Goole. (1890 William R. Smith, Lynn.)
The 'Elizabeth', Registered Goole, Ketch built 1848, Official No.3045, 54 tons owned in 1880 by Mark Pearson, Pontefract 1890 John Cardwell, Brotherton.
The 'Breeze', Sloop built 1848, Official No.121, 44 tons owned in 1880 by Samuel Wooden, Ipswich.1890 owned by Robert Freestone, Suffolk.
The 'Friends', Ketch built 1849, Official No.21523, 59 tons owned in 1880/90 by William Ford, Grimsby.
The 'Bee', Schooner built 1849, Official No.6561, 59 tons owned in 1880 by James Burston, Knottingley.
The 'Admiral', Schooner built 1849, Official No.4896, 62 tons owned in 1870 by William Patterson, London, in1880 by James Scope Davidson, Blyth.
1849 'Rosebud', Schooner (Official No.5400) 60 tons registered Goole and owned by John Swan, Knottingley (1880).
1849 'Providence' Sloop registered Hull, 42 tons, official No. 11816, for Robert B. Armit, Hull. 1890.
The 'Dart', Sloop built 1850, Official No.166, 55 tons owned in 1880 by Marmaduke Sarvant, Knottingley
1850 'Wonderful' Ketch (Official No. 742) 50 tons. Registered Goole and in 1880 owned by William Heptinstall, Kippax.
The 'Crocus', Schooner built 1851, Official No.6303, 58 tons owned in 1880 by Seaton Colbridge, Goole.
The 'Margaret & Maria', Schooner built 1851, Official No.23042, 50 tons owned in 1880 by Thomas Butler, Boston.
1852 'Providence' Sloop (Official No. 4865) 41 tons. 1880 owned by Joseph Ellerby Hepworth, Wakefield.
1852 'Hope' Sloop (Official No. 12434) 38 tons. 1890 owned by Henry Burkill, Winteringham.
The 'Exchange', Sloop built 1853, Official No.4813, 52 tons owned in 1880 by George Fenton, Knottingley.
The 'Alfred & Edwin', Sloop built Agbrigg 1853, Official No.23694, registered Goole, 35 tons owned in 1870 for William C. Lilford, Thorne. 1880 by William Sutton, Goole.1881 at Kings Lynn, John Finney boy. (1890 William Finney, Lynn)
The 'Freedom', Sloop built 1854, Official No.17652, 43 tons owned in 1880 by Thomas Walker, Hull.
The 'Alert', Sloop built 1854, registered Hull, Official No.17652, 43 tons owned in 1890 by Ann E. Powell, Reedness.
1854 'Breeze' Ketch Registered Boston (Official No.621) 57 tons for John H. Vine Spalding
The 'Ann Turgoose', Schooner built 1855, Official No.4940, 97 tons owned in 1880 by Joseph Hodgson, Goole.
1855 'Patience,' Sloop (Official No. 4857) 53 tons. 1870 for Joseph England, Goole. 1880 owned by Frederick Dudding, Lynn. 1881 at Kings Lynn, Joseph Gill Master, Joseph Gill jnr Mate, Richard Gill Seaman, Robert Gill boy. Mrs Jane Dudding 1890.
1856 'Peace,' Schooner (Official No. 15182) 52 tons. 1880 owned by Richard Walker, Boston. Robert Batty, Hull 1890.
1856 'Peace' Sloop (Official No. 13372) 42 tons. 1880/90 owned by Robert Batty, Hull.
The 'Annie', Sloop built 1856, Official No.16662, 56 tons owned in 1880 by The Grimsby & London Trading Co. Ltd. 1890 by Robert Burkill, Weelsby.
1856 'Sarah' Ketch (Official No. 13370), 56 tons for Robert Hayes, Spalding.(1890 Robinson Duckering, Boston.)
1857 'Secret' Sloop (Official No.18249) 42 tons. 1880 owned by George Nichols, Knottingley. (1890 Robert Batty, Hull.)
1857 'Tryall' Schooner (Official No. 18253) 65 tons. Registered Goole and in 1860/80 owned by James Burston, Knottingley. Captain J. Burston 1860.
1857 'Excelsior' Schooner (Official No. 21847) 56 tons. for Armitage, Goole, for the Goole coastal trade. Captain J. Bull 1860. Registered Woodbridge and in 1890 owned by William Smith, Goole.
The 'Mary', Ketch built 1858, Official No.20993, 60 tons registered Goole and owned in 1880/90 by William Johnson, Knottingley.
The 'Alkanet', Ketch built 1858, Official No.25191, 54 tons owned in 1880 by John Finch, Essex.
1861 'Sarah' Schooner (Official No. 29205), 60 tons for George Cutt, Knottingley.(1890 William H. Poole, Newcastle)
1862 'Try' Ketch (Official No. 44029) 63 x 18 x 9 ft, 60 tons. 1880 owned by John Depledge, Knottingley.(1890 William F. Depledge)
1863 'Ino' Schooner (Official No. 47113) 60 tons. Registered Goole, 1880 owned by Richard Hickman, Hull.
1864 'Tiger' Schooner (Official No. 50416) 65 tons. 1880 owned by Thomas Clegg, Goole. (1890 Charles Sherwood, Goole.)
1864 'Elizabeth' Ketch (Official No. 44770) 60 tons. Registered Lowestoft and in 1890 owned by James Hargrave, Suffolk.
1865 'Othniel' Sloop (Official No. 50420) 37 tons. 1880 registered Goole, owned by Caleb Kilner, Thornton Lees, George Kilner 1890.
The 'Abeona', Schooner built 1865, Official No.54501, 74 tons owned in 1880 by Charles Shearwood, Goole.
1866 'Lion', Schooner (Official No.54511) 74 tons registered Goole and owned by William Flowers, Knottingley (1880/90).
1866 'Robert Wood', Keel (Official No.56224) 50 tons owned by William Thompson, Hull (1880).
1867 'Try On' Ketch registered Goole (Official No. 58722) 60 x 18 x 9ft, 58 tons. 1880 owned by John Depledge, Knottingley. (1890 Israel Jackson, Goole)
1876 'Day's' Ketch Registered Barrow (Official No. 28413) 78 tons. 1890 owned by James W. Richardson, Hull.
Thornhill Lees (Dewsbury).
1855 - 'North Sea' Keel, official No. 105077, registered Hull, 41 tons for Samual Lowery Wise, Melrose House, Holderness Road, Hull. Rebuilt 1894..
Joseph Braime, boat builder.
Samuel Ledgard, boat builder.
Peter Thornton, Lowlands, boat builder.
W. Thornton, Sheley Building, boat builder.
Stanley cum Wrenthorpe.
Cornelius Turner, boat builder.
Sutcliffe Widdup, Bellmont Road, boat builder.
James Simpson, boat builder.
George Brown, Wool Road, boat builder.