Fishburn’s Shipyard Memorial

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Langborne Rd, Whitby, United Kingdom

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Sculpture of Fishburn’s Shipyard Memorial Feb 27, 2018
The life size wooden sculpture entitled “Shipbuilders”, depicts the shipbuilding heritage of Whitby, it shows two shipbuilders working on part of a ships frame. The sculpture was made by Mike Williams.To the left of the carving it reads “Formed on the Norwegian model apple cheeked for’ and cut fine aft, deep in the hull, flat footed to sit on the bottom” whilst on the far right is the inscription “Like a mixture of a dutch clog and a coffin!”. There is a plaque at the base of the sculpture that is titled ”Fishburn’s Shipyard 1748 – 1830” to signify the importance of this spot.

In around 1748, Thomas Fishburn commenced building ships in this part of Whitby which he later purchased from the Coates family, the first shipbuilders in Whitby, in 1759. Fishburn was succeeded by his son, also called Thomas, who went into partnership with one Thomas Brodrick in 1795. The yard closed in 1830, and became the terminus of the Whitby & Pickering Railway in 1836, all four of Captain Cooks ships were built here including, in 1764, HMS Endeavour, originally named the Earl of Pembroke.

September 2017
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