We know that locally made that Sails and Ropes were available and it seems entirely reasonable to now turn to those who can construct our vessel itself.
These four fellows are the only Ship Builders listed although there are many Ship Carpenters (340) and Ship Joiners (24) plus Boat Builders (24) to be found.
Alexander Russel, 60, Ship Builder, Cromwell Street, b. Scotland
Alexander Russel, 71, Ship Builder, Cromwell Street, b. Duffus, Moray
William Cook, 43, Ship Builder (Employing 18 Men and 8 Boys), South Beach Street, b. Aberdeen
William Cook, 53, Ship Builder, 20 South Beach Street, b. Aberdeen
Donald Mackay Mackenzie, 26, Ship Builder, 25 South Beach Street, b. Stornoway
Murdo Mackenzie, 58, Ship Carpenter and Boat Builder, 58 Cromwell Street, b. Stornoway
So, our options are between Mr Russel from Duffus, Mr Cook from Aberdeen, or one of the local Mackenzies, the elder of whom is actually more of a Boat Builder.
Congratulations, Donald Mackenzie, we can discuss the details in the morning…