Ship Builders of Stornoway

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.

1841
Alexander Russel, 60, Ship Builder, Cromwell Street, b. Scotland

1851
Alexander Russel, 71, Ship Builder, Cromwell Street, b. Duffus, Moray

1861
William Cook, 43, Ship Builder (Employing 18 Men and 8 Boys), South Beach Street, b. Aberdeen

1871
William Cook, 53, Ship Builder, 20 South Beach Street, b. Aberdeen

1881
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…

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2 thoughts on “Ship Builders of Stornoway

  1. I find it intriguing to see all the ship builders listed along Cromwell Street and South Beach. What are your findings on the Patent Slip on James Street / Shell Street?

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