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It dates from the period before Laing's was renamed & incorporated i.e. We thank vendor 'tallyman' (his store') for its inclusion here. Not sure why Internet Explorer cannot identify the applet as being harmless). Corrections in any of the material which follows, however tiny, would be most welcome. JOHN LAING (1792), NORTH SANDS JOHN AND DAVID LAING (1793/1796), NORTH SANDS JOHN LAING (1796/1797), NORTH SANDS JOHN AND PHILIP LAING (1797/1805), NORTH SANDS & (1804/1818) BRIDGE DOCK JOHN & JAMES LAING (1816/c.1830), SOUTHWICK PHILIP LAING (1818/1834), DEPTFORD LAING & SIMEY (1834/1837), DEPTFORD PHILIP LAING (c.1837/1843), DEPTFORD JAMES LAING (became Sir James Laing in 1897) (1843/1898), DEPTFORDSIR JAMES LAING AND SONS LIMITED (1898/1966), DEPTFORDNote:- The token in the bottom row above is from an expired e Bay listing - a 'mudlark' find on the Wear river bank. Laing, page bottom (have had to disable it, a beautiful Lake Applet featuring a wildebeest, since it makes access to the whole page impossible. To search for specific text on this page, just press 'CTRL F' & then enter your search term.Whatever data I now have in this section, will, almost certainly expand as new data is received.The increasing number of listings re Laing built vessels has already required a 2nd page - available here.
It is recorded here not in any way to disparage the Laings or to diminish in any way their amazing achievements.Rather to permit to a modern reader some understanding of the reality of the early days of Sunderland shipbuilding.The anecdote comes from a paper, written I think in the 1970s, by James A.Marr (known as Jimmy), who was in fact the Managing Director of 'Laing's'. Hopefully soon the entire work may grace these pages.