During the last four years I have been researching the history of the Northfleet (Pitcher’s) dockyard.
Briefly the history of the yard is as follows
1745 – birth of Thomas Pitcher
1782 – birthf of son William
1788 –Thomas Pitcher founded the yard at Northfleet.
1805 – Founded another Yard at Isle of Dogs
1811 – At age of 66 Thomas went into semi retirement.
Yard now known as Thomas Pitcher and sons.
Henry Jones Pitcher runs Northfleet Yard and William the Isle of Dogs.
c.1827 – Yards now under the name of Henry and William Pitcher.
1830 – Thomas distributed his assets among his children.
C1832 – Henry Jones retires (from shipbuilding) and moves to Jersey where he becomes a bookseller. His wife was Anne Sotheby, sister of John Sotheby who founded the famous auctioneer company.
1837 – Thomas died and William became owner of the dockyards. Henry Sotheby Pitcher, the son of Henry Jones Pitcher, assisted him in the management.
1850 – Sold Isle of Dogs yard.
1860 – William died and his youngest sister Sophia inherited the yard. (she was a spinster)
The Pitcher’s built over 166 ships. Many of them very well known.
1861 – Yard heavily in debt and Official receiver appointed.
1864 – yard sold by auction to C.J.Mare.
I have a family tree back to the mid 17th century.
William Pitcher never married.
If you are connected with the family I would be interested and could pass on further information
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