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John Laing (c.1754-1829) and Philip Laing (c.1772-1854), quite a separation in birth dates! He is variously described as a yeoman farmer and ship-owner. He said several Germans boarded the stricken ship and looted her, lucky for him the Germans did not see him and he jumped off the ship and got into a small boat which was nearby.
He was, I read, in fact trained as a medical doctor & went to sea as a surgeon. Do note that the reference to Sunderland above is quite important - because the family was also extensively involved with shipbuilding in South Shields, a matter beyond the purposes or objectives of these 'Sunderland' pages. 'Zyldijk'), 3 (Furness Withy), 4 (4 images Zijldijk & a plan), 5 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). The third survivor was an American, 2nd Cook William Snell of Jacksonville Florida, he survived by hiding his lifebelt under his clothes.
In 1834, Philip went into partnership with Thomas B. The partnership was relatively short-lived, ending in c.1837. We thank 'northern_collectables' for that fine data, part of their e Bay listing. Per 1 [Bullard King, Umkuzi (1)], 2 (related ephemera), 3 (Boer War, 70% down, no date), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Per 1 [Bullard King, Umona (1)], 2 (Natal Line of Steamers, ex 3, Whitakers 1894, a 'Google' book), 4 (image), 5 (final voyage, Chapter 12, commencing at page #67), 6 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
See here for a little more about Simey - but if you can tell us more, please do so. In 1843, Philip's son James (married twice - 16 children, 10 girls & 6 boys, image at right) then just 20 years of age, took over his father's business at Deptford (his father was then 71 years of age). The above confirms what I had earlier read that the company had to stop operating in 1908 & had liabilities way in excess of its then assets. 85.8 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 10 knots, signal letters LRMV. 85.8 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 281.5 ft.
Anyway, so the story goes:- Philip and John Laing were not very wealthy. Bryan (1875/1941) was one of the many children of Sir James Laing (1823/1901), by his second marriage. Built for 'Bullard King & Company, Limited' (Natal Direct Line), of London. Engaged on London to Durban, South Africa, service (& beyond, to Delagoa Bay & Beira in Mozambique). Presumably named after Umtata (now Mthathta), in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, which was the capital of the Transkei, & is now noted for its Nelson Mandela Museum (Nelson Mandela (1918/2013) was born & lived in retirement nearby - at Qunu). He lived in Brazil and later returned to Germany where he joined the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NAZI party), more specifically the SS and rose to the rank of SS Brigadefhrer serving on Reichsfhrer SS Heinrich Himmler's personal staff.
They were both devout churchmen, but it was noticed that they never went to church together. One day, the Priest asked John where his brother was, and it turned out that he was sitting at home in his shirt because they only possessed one pair of decent trousers between them. The most interesting image which follows, shows I believe the Sir James Laing & Sons Limited Deptford facilities early in the 20th century, I think around 1910. Per 1 [British India, Orissa, (2)], 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Never answering for his crimes, he died on May 14, 1945.
I was interested to read (page #585, here, from that 1852 volume not now available for download) that John & Philip Laing 'were the first to introduce the novelty of a floating dock on our river. I read also that James Laing was the very first Sunderland shipbuilder to build in iron. The image appears here thanks to Tony Frost, who advises me that 'Laings' had in their history two dry docks, one of which (visible in the image) was opened on Jul. The Lloyds's Register listings linked above, refer however to 'Levant Soc. I was unable to find any WWW references to this vessel & to its wreck.
One seems to be at the 'James Laing' yard & the other at the 'Joseph L. A correspondent has suggested that the image, of 'Laing's Bend', dates to the 1930s, before Laings built their main berth launching downstream. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). Gayner, of Sunderland, who I now see still owned the vessel in 1908/09 per Lloyd's Register ('LR'). 1910, the vessel was dismasted off La Plata, Argentina, & was towed in that condition into Pernambuco, now Recife, Brazil, ii) that in Mar. Kirsten), of Hamburg, since the vessel was sold by them, in 1898, to 'Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft Kosmos' (DDG Kosmos), also of Hamburg. The nearest island was 2 miles distant & at dawn a scouting party went to the island & sought help from 4 Maldivians gathering coconuts. It also was engaged, however, in other areas, including the carriage of cotton & grain from New Orleans, likely to Manchester.
'Robert Thompson', went out of business in 1930, so the image may date, in fact, from even earlier. Geoff Bethell, of New Zealand, advises that he has enlarged the image particularly in the centre top area where a bridge is faintly visible. I suspect so.), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 69.0 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, 226.5 ft. The webmaster has a single LR ex Google Books available to him which lists the vessel, see at left. 1911 the vessel was sold (to whom I wonder) with no change of vessel name, iii) that during WW1 Wychwood was used as a naval receiving ship off Kirkwall (Orkney Islands, I presume), iv) that she later became a barge & was broken up at about 1923. Soon they returned to the ship with eight small vessels intent not upon helping but rather upon looting Umona. 24, 1891, on service to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Acquired for the company's weekly freight service between Rotterdam & Baltimore, Maryland, U. While detail is not WWW available, the vessel stove in some plates at Latchford, & met with other accidents in the Manchester Ship Canal, either through bad steering, or bad pilotage. 28, 1894, the New York Times advised that both Venango & Govino (built by Laing of Sunderland, in 1892) were a week overdue at Baltimore, having encountered a storm on their voyages from Rotterdam. I read that the company ran into financial difficulties & in 1906 Furness Withy & Co. From 1 (item #26, page in Norwegian, Asp), 2 (2nd Onega), 3 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access).
At a site previously 'tenanted' by William Havelock. The University of Newcastle's 'Sine' project offers a print of the 'Laing' yard at Deptford in the period of 1825 to 1835. The vacated 'Bridge Dock' was later, it would seem, occupied by Mr. In the 1881 Census, I read that James was living at Thornhill Hall, Bishopwearmouth, with his wife, four sons, five daughters, & fourteen servants (14 more than I have! It depicted thousands of men (&some women) outside the Police Station & Magistrates Court in Sunderland, in an image which included an Empire Cinema poster with the date of Feb. The vendor indicated that it possibly related to a strike or protest meeting against unemployment as there was a depression in shipbuilding at that time. 12, 1908, Sunderland Town Councilcut off the electricity supplyto the shipbuilding yard of Sir James Laing as it owed them over 2,000.
That site would seem to be a site located on the north bank of River Wear roughly 600 yards east of the (later) Queen Alexandra Bridge. Philip Laing continued on his own at Deptford, on the tip of the 'peninsula' of Deptford, upstream of the iron bridge & on the S. At a site said to be next to Howard's yard but also said to have been previously occupied by Mr. Indeed, I understand that Philip built himself a house on the Deptford site, & lived there, perhaps in 'Deptford House'. George Hall or maybe by Messrs Hall (in 1852, I think), & then by George Peverall, & later still (1880) by Robert Thompson & Sons. Laing's was soon afterdeclared bankrupt, creating more unemployment. laterthat month,300 soldiers were drafted into Sunderland at the request of the Town Council because of rioting. A cargo ship, but it carried passengers so it probably was a passenger/cargo vessel. A cargo liner, with accommodation for 10 passengers. From 1 ('plimsollshipdata.org', Lloyd's Register data, 1930/31 & 1931/32), 2 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long (91.4 metres) perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of ?
And how the owners must have struggled to do what they did - working every daylight hour, at work both hard and physical, with a doubtful return when the vessel was sold, as hopefully it was. The webmaster has read an anecdotal reference to the Laing brothers, Philip and John, which illustrates the point. Per 1, 2 & 3 (data), 4 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). 131.4 metres long perpendicular to perpendicular, speed of 17 knots, signal letters HQSL, with capacity for 180 passengers. And that the vessel was broken up at Iquique, Chile, in 1926. di Navigazione Corrado', of Genoa, Italy, & renamed Laura Corrado. 30, 1941, the vessel was attacked by torpedo & gunfire by HMS Rorqual (N74), a Royal Navy Grampus class (a mine-laying class) submarine (sometimes referred to as Porpoise class). If our U-boat men had wanted to let the foreign crew perish, they did not need laboriously to take them on board.