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From: "Elaine Hanson" <>
Subject: RE: [NORTHWICH] RE: Ships carpenters and wrights
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 21:21:20 +0100
Subject: [NORTHWICH] RE: Ships carpenters and wrights
Just to throw a spanner in the works, one of Northwich's well known builders
of boats Isaac Pimblott has an altogether different description.
Census records him as 1881 Boilermaker employing 7 men, 1891 ShipBuilder,
1901 Ship Builder, Iron & Steel. obviously from the obituary(extract below)
his apprenticeship was somewhat of a different route and this was reflected
in the later introduction of steel for vessels built on the Weaver as
opposed to the original wooden flats.
"Mr Isaac Pimlott, founder of the firm of Messrs.Pimlott & Sons,
ship-builders of Northwich. The deceased gentleman was aged 64 years, came
of an old Northwich stock, his father being a Weaver waterman. Mr Pimlott
was apprenticed with Messrs.Parkes of Northwich, and afterwards worked for a
time as a ship rivetter at Liverpool. He founded the business with which his
name is associated in the year 1857, and has played an active part in its
extension and developement."
Subject: Ships carpenters and wrights
Thanks for these.......I looked the other day but couldn't find anything.
The first one is particularly good and I've pasted this to file.
a small extract for those with an interest:-
"The Shipwright proper was responsible for work on the hull and his skills
could only be acquired by a long apprenticeship, seven years being the time
laid down by the Company of Shipwrights. An apprentice - known as a
quarterboy - was indentured to the master Shipwright in a yard, and was put
to work with an older, more experienced man, thus at the same time giving
him a hand with the heavier jobs. He was prevented from leaving the yard
until his time was served he had proved himself competent. He then had the
right to call himself a Shipwright capable of commanding a daily wage. Only
then could he freely offer his skills elsewhere."
the urls below are quite informative
The men who built the ships were the ship wrights and the carpenters
There is actually a difference between a
ship carpenter and a ships carpenter as you will often find both of these
terms listed on census forms too
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