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Name: Durham County Record Office
Postal address: County Hall

Town: Durham
Post code: DH1 5UL
Telephone: 0191 383 3253
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131 documents found for Durham County Record Office:

Code Description Date Keywords
Seaham Harbour Co. Seaham Harbour Dock co. (addnl): records 19th-20th cent. 1800 - 1999 ports
Ropner & Co. Sir R.Ropner & Co. (Management) Ltd., shipowners and shipping agents, Darlington: records. 1880 - 1960 Companies trade commerce

photograph of Fr. Mulligan blessing a ship prior to its launch, n.d.

  illustrations ministers

account to John Buddle for repairing the Mary and Ann, 1842

1842   invoices finances ships maintenance

insurance policy of the Lord Seaham, 1832

1832   ships

accounts for cargo and freight for the Wansbeck, 1831

1831   trade commerce finances
NCBI/JB/1351-4 letters regarding insurance and voyages of the Lord Seaham, 1832


1832   correspondence ships
NCBI/JB/1093-5 & 1105

letter and accounts regarding freight of coal in the Delight from the North East to Weymouth, 1825, and return

1825   ships shipping cargo
NCBI/JB 173, 329-30, 370-3, 1863, 2663

misc. letters regarding shipbuilding, 1814-42

1814 - 1842 correspondence construction
NCB I/X188

misc. papers including accounts for the Telemachus, 1838

1838   ships
NCB I/X141

colliery fitters' ledger with named ships, 1855-64

1855 - 1864 construction

papers regarding Palmer's shipbuilding Company, Jarrow, 1865-76

1865 - 1876 construction
NCB I/RS56 correspondence and other papers regarding purchase and sale of the Palestine, 1857-68


1857 - 1868 ships ownership
NCB I/JB/173

letter from Thomas Brown regarding sale of the Jane and Robert, 1833

1833   correspondence ships ownership
NCB I/JB/1354

account of money due to Captain Spence from Buddle for four voyages of the Lord Seaham from Portsmouth and Plymouth and regarding sea damage to ships in the South Harbour, 1833

1833   ships wages wrecks
NCB I/JB/1101

letters of William Morton Pitt with news of wrecks on North East coast, 1824

1824   correspondence
NCB 2/370/1-4

printed naval architects drawings for 1781 to 1805

1781 - 1805 illustrations designs navy
NCB 2/349

section of strata at Eston Nab, Cleveland, showing Eaton lighthouse, mid-nineteenth century

1800 - 1899 rescue
John Cyril Armstrong Papers of John Cyril Armstrong, R.N., leading stoker, killed on HMS Hood, 20th cent. 1941   royal navy ships deaths seamen

diary by John Harker of a journey with his family from Darlington to New Zealand on the Rangitiki, 1883-4

1883 - 1884 travel ships voyages
D/XD 5/317

memorandum regarding payment of George Pease's board until shares in ships company pay dividends, n.d.

  ownership finances
D/XD 105/1

letter from Thomas Byers of Melbourne to his brother with news of the wreck of the Admilla, steamer, off Adelaide, 16 August 1859

1859   correspondence Australia ships

circular of the Stockton and London Shipping Co., 11 December 1840

1840   Companies ships
D/X903/33-5 & 59-61

papers regarding shares in the Rondo, Sinloo and Tempo, ships of the Pelton Steamship Company, 1890-9

1890 - 1899 ownership

certificate of service of Alfred Bone, R.N., 1915-23

1915 - 1923 navy

bill of sale of the Isabellas of Sunderland, 1823, 1825

1823 - 1825 ships ownership

bill of sale of the Apollo of Sunderland, brigantine, 1820

1820   ships ownership

bill of sale of the Minor of Sunderland, brigantine, 10 January 1805

1805   ships ownership

shipping insurance policies, including for voyage of the Alliance, notices and accounts, 1824-6

1824 - 1826 ships

bills and conditions of sale for the Saladin of Stockton, Isabella Wood, William Broderick, Glenmore and Thomas Burdon of Sunderland, 1842-5

1842 - 1845 ships ownership

descriptions of voyages to Norway and along the Norwegian coast, 1887

1887   travel

papers relating to Taylor and Sanderson Steamship Co. Ltd of Sunderland, 1907-30, including wages account of SS Universal

1907 - 1930 Companies ships

photocopy of hold plan of steel screw steamer Thornhope  of c.1900

1900   ships construction

bill of sale of the Cilurnum of Newcastle, 1882

1882   ships ownership
D/X555/2 & 4

letters from Matthew John Wilson regarding life on the Eleanor Dixon voyaging to Valparaiso, 1854 and from South America requesting Mr Proctor of Liverpool to send birds and animals to his family, 1855

1854 - 1855 correspondence ships travel

mortgage of the Great Northern, steam ship, 1876

1876   finances ownership

log of the Philia of Sunderland from Cardiff to Syra, 1869

1869   ships

misc. papers including part of log of the Auld Reekie, pre-1875

1875   ships

apprenticeship indenture, 1814

1814   yachts recruitment

ships passport for Capt. Connolly to sail in Turkish waters, 21 November 1867


cargo bond for Marmaduke Allison of Stockton for voyage of the Maundsley, 1737

1737   ships shipping

 brokerage bonds for ships trading between the Tyne and London, including the Chance, Vigilant and Pallion, 1820

1820   commerce ships

 posters and notices, 1826-74, including for impressment of sailors

1826 - 1874 illustrations recruitment navy
D/X 991/1

receipt from Trinity House for the Eddystone Lighthouse duly issued to Capt. William Smith of the Jesmond, 1784, with printed map of the environs of Fowey

1784   ships charts
D/X 832/184

letter from John Fleming to J.H.B. Forster regarding death of Dr Steel on ship sunk by a submarine, 11 June 1917

1917   correspondence wrecks
D/X 714/60 & 62

rules of the National Amal. Society of Operative House and Ships Painters and Decorators, 1935, 1960

1935 - 1960 maintenance repairs
D/X 513/13

letter of Lieut. George Ormsby in Jamaica to his brother in Darlington with news of the capture of the St Ann, 1761

1761   correspondence colonies Caribbean ships
D/X 479/49

diary of voyage on the SS J.M. Smith to Constantinople, 1891

1891   travel ships Turkey
D/X 456/40

conveyance of Robert Hill's share in a ship and its cargo to Christopher Hill of Blackwell, 1783

1783   ownership
D/X 436/11

letter to Thomas Grenville, first Lord of the Admiralty requesting command of a ship with references to service at Trafalgar, 1806

1806   correspondence navy operations service
D/X 436/10

account of naval action at Oporto, 1892

1892   navy operations Portugal
D/X 411/83

photograph of a ship at Blyth, n.d.

D/X 411/74/10

postcard showing Mr Carr and the Riva, yacht, n.d.

D/X 411/56

photograph of Hartlepool's Model Yacht Club, 1907-8

1907 - 1908 illustrations
D/X 332/231

letter from Francis James Raine on the Canterbury for New Zealand to his brother describing conditions, March 1865

1865   correspondence ships
D/X 307/30

letter of Thomas Smith to R. Carr regarding wages due of deceased son who had served on the Isis in the West Indies, 1810

1810   correspondence death ships Caribbean service
D/X 1087

misc. correspondence including of the Royal Naval Association Club, Ltd, 1986

1986   navy
D/X 108

journal of James Brown Yeoman of South Shields of voyages to the Mediterranean, Bombay, Boston, etc. on the Cervin, Albula and James Barrass, 1877-80

1877 - 1880 travel Europe India America ships
D/X 107/148

declaration of Thomas Galley, midshipman of HMS Melpomene regarding pay and prize money, 1807

1807   navy ships wages

photograph of the deck of the Queen Mary, passenger liner, 1938

1938   illustrations ships tourism travel
D/Wa 5/9/40

advertisement for the Orient Line Cruises with price list, c.1937

1937   tourism travel leisure
D/Wa 5/4/323

travel brochures for the Royal Mail, Pacific and White Star shipping lines, 1924

1924   voyages tourism leisure
D/Wa 3/7/28

watercolours of George F. Mounsey, 1896-9, including South Gare lighthouse

1896 - 1899 illustrations
D/Wa 3/7/23

drawing of a lighthouse, n.d.

D/Wa 3/7/15-25

pen and ink drawings by Edward B. Mounsey of sailing ships and shipwrecks, 1854-5

1854 - 1855 illustrations
D/Wa 3/6/47

postcard of Henry Hood, ex-coxswain of Seaton crew lifeboat, 1883

1883   illustrations rescue
D/Wa 3/1/1

assignment of the Adamant of Whitby, brig, 1800

1800   ships
D/Wa 1/7/15

sketch book of ships wrecked off the North East coast, 1825-7

1825 - 1827 illustrations
D/Wa 1/4/6-7

illustrated journals of Edward Backhouse on the Nereid to Scandanavia, Scotland, 1866, 1869

1866 - 1869 yachts

papers of Sunderland Deep-Sea Fishing Company comprising 1-2, account books, 1877-9, 1878-9; 3, order book, 1878

1877 - 1879

depositions regarding loss of the Nancy of Workington on voyage to Virginia, 1803

1803   ships wrecks America

letters from John Robinson to Thomas Hall regarding shipment of coals to London and loss of ships in the Gunfleet, 1726

1726   correspondence cargo trade commerce wrecks

joint stock certificate of Mrs Elizabeth Stephenson regarding annuities to satisfy navy victualling and transport bills, 1798

1798   navy food costs

letter from Capt. Thomas Pearson to Mary Eleanor concerning her orders for the Mary and his report of the history of the vessel, 1789

1789   correspondence ships

letter from Henry Beamson, Gateshead to George Bowes requesting assistance to avoid naval impressment, 10 October 1759

1759   correspondence navy recruitment

letter from Jacob Wilson, Whitburn, to George Bowes, Gibside, regarding Bowes' offer to provide for Wilson's grandson to go to sea, 18 August 1759

1759   correspondence

cases, letters to MPs and related papers of George Bowes concerning the war with Spain and the loss of British ships, 1729-42

1729 - 1742 correspondence parliament navy operations

copy account of Mrs Janes Bowes with William Leaton relating to insurance of the Resolution, shares and unspecified debts, 6 May 1760 - 21 January 1762

1760 - 1762 ships ownership

papers relating to Jane Bowes' interest in the whale fishery, 1754-7, including accounts of dividends and insurance

1754 - 1757 whaling

copy letter from Anthony Bacon, John Preswick, Henry Bird, jun., and Richard Liddell, London to committee appointed for the Greenland fishery urging them to petition Parliament for act to promote whaling, 8 November 1753

1753   correspondence government Laws

monthly accounts of salt shipped and retailed from the River Tyne, with details of pan owners, ships and cargoes, 1744-55

1744 - 1755 finances cargo trade commerce
D/St/B1/23/1-13 & 24/1-9

misc. papers of Lord Strathmore relating to prices of shipping coals to London and organisation of trade, 1729-57

1729 - 1757 cargo commerce

misc. shipping papers of Lord Strathmore relating to coal, comprising 1, list of deeds and writings relating to the shipping interests of the Bowe family, 1772; 2-34, bills of sales, bonds, accounts, etc. relating to the Charles and Henr

1725 - 1772 trade mining commerce

correspondence between Trinity House and the secretary of the Seaham Harbour Dock Company regarding discontinuance of the use of a fog bell at the north pier lighthouse at Seaham Harbour, 1919

1919   navigation signalling

papers of the Seaham Harbour Dock Company comprising Acts, agreements, reports and accounts relating to central administration, 1898-1964; correspondence and agreements relating to expansion and building, 1898-1964; financial ledgers, journals, co

1820 - 1979

letter of Nathaniel Payter to Dr Prescott at York describing medicinal bathing at Scarborough, 1719

1719   correspondence health leisure beaches
D/Pe 6/4

essay by Henry Fell Pease on his life and holidays at Brighton, c.1843

1843   leisure tourism
D/Pe 5/60

diary of a member of the Pease family at Ramsgate, n.d.

D/Pe 2/184

letter from Sophia Pease to Henry Fell regarding a ship's launch at Stockton, 28 January 1863

1863   correspondence
D/Pe 2/151

letter from John Fell to Henry Fell Pease relating that Sir John Franklin's ship was struck by an iceberg, 18 April 1852

1852   correspondence wreck
D/Pe 11/29

letter from James I. Levick at Philadelphia to Henry Fell and Edwin L. Pease with news of the capture of a slave ship, 28 September 1858

1858   correspondence America slavery
D/Pe 11/144

letter from Norman Henry Pease concerning a ship to Naples, March 1879

1879   correspondence Europe travel
D/Pe 11

travel letters of the Pease family including relating to trips to 4, Brighton, c. 1844; 6, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, 1847; 7, Torquay 1854; 8, Dover, 1854; 9, Scarborough, 1856; 11-61, trips to America, c.1845-1904, notably 25, 30-7 and 53 relating

1844 - 1904 holidays tourism leisure Europe ships
D/Lo/File 15/9

letter from John Henry Manners to Frances Anne, Marchinoess of Londonderry with news of arrival of American yacht at Cowes, 3 August 1851

1851   correspondence

account of naval action between the English and French Fleets, n.d.

  navy operations war

letters from George Bowes to George Vane, 1707-60, including news of naval activities of Sir John Norris, 1744

1744   correspondence navy operations

typescript copies of papers relating to the `Sir Percy Scott Incident', a case of alleged insubordination by the Commander of the First Cruiser Squadron, Grand Fleet, on the occasion of the Kaiser's visit, 1907-8

1907 - 1908 navy

share certificates including of Royal Dorset Yacht Club, 1875

1875   ownership

file of 21 papers relating to proposed purchase & steam yacht Corra Linn, with a report on capabilities and inventory, 1866


papers relating to Strangford Yacht Club, 1913


accounts for the Cornelia, 1869-81

1869 - 1881 yachts

papers collected to support the claims of the Lord of the Manor of Seaham to wreck, etc. 1699-1748

1699 - 1748 ownership

reports on the Cornelia, 1878-80

1878 - 1880 yachts

draft letters of Charles William, 1816-17, with news of an English ship at Venice being detained

1816 - 1817 correspondence Europe

letter from John Brett Eminson to George White, master of the Cornelia, yacht, concerning the fitting out of the vessel, with accounts, etc., 1870-4

1870 - 1874 correspondence

letters of John Brett Eminson with news of steam yachts, 1867-8; storm damage to Londonderry steamers, 1868

1867 - 1868 correspondence weather boats

letter from Cintra with news that Russian ships still flew their flags, 10 September 1808

1808   correspondence navy operations

letter from John Doyle with news of five French ships at Rosas Bay, 15 May 1809

1809   correspondence navy operations

petition of Hadge Abdelmzid Bouhalel to Lord Castlereagh against the seizure of the Danish brig Frieden by the Unicorn, with Castlereagh's memorandum on the case, 1808

1808   ships capture

informations of the British Consul at Tangiers on the size and dispositions of the French and Spanish fleets, 1804-5, with abstract of the relative strengths of the British and enemy naval forces

1804 - 1805 Africa navy operations

correspondence relating to accounts of naval activities during the war, 1914-16

1914 - 1916 navy operations

letter of William Warham regarding RNLI and the Seaham boat, 1870-81

1870 - 1881 correspondence lifeboats rescue

estate correspondence of the Marquess of Londonderry, including relating to Seaham Harbour management notably 154, misc. letters, 1826-53, including orders concerning the entry of screw steamers to Seaham Harbour, 1853; 163, correspondence of Rich

1826 - 1864 ships development transport trains

financial papers relating to Londonderry estate steamships, 1866-80, including contract with Palmers' Shipbuilding and Iron Co. Ltd and Lord Londonderry, 1879, insurance policies, inventories, wages accounts

1866 - 1880 accounts Companies

misc. papers relating to Sunderland Docks, 1855-60

1855 - 1860

financial papers relating to Londonderry estate steamships and steamers, 1857-1903, including mortgages, insurance policies, bills of sale, accounts, misc. papers

1857 - 1903 accounts shipping trade

papers relating to Seaham Harbour including 1, relating to the early development of the harbour, 1822-4; 2, trade statistics, 1849-76; 3, harbour management, 1856-80

1822 - 1880
D/HH 9/2/1-16

papers of Vice Admiral Alister F. Beal including 1-2, two printed naval allotments, 1899, 1903; 5-7, correspondence at R.N. Barracks,

Chatham, concerning money due to Mr Smith, 1910-11

1899 - 1911 navy
D/HH 2/7/732-40 probate papers concerning Margaret Coatsworth, 1826-8, including relating to her share in the Ramble


1826 - 1828 ships ownership Wills
D/HH 2/7/382

letter from Roger Watson at Sunderland regarding arrival of the Mutal from Rotterdam with a cargo of apples, 1817

1817   correspondence ships trade commerce food
D/HH 10/15

papers of E.R. Hanby Holmes, Hon. Secretary of the Barnard castle Division of the Soldiers', Sailors' and Airmens' Families' Assoc., 1919-51, notably including minutes and correspondence of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldie

1919 - 1951 services mariners Forces

letter from Thomas Bumble at Washington Blue House to Matthew Russell at Edinburgh concerning the possibility of more trade when the light ships arrive, 26 September 1807

1807   correspondence commerce

ship's plan by D. Wawn for William Allan and Co. of Sunderland, 1892

1892   Companies construction

plan of ship's engine of William Allan and Co., Scotia Engine Works, 1891

1891   construction engineering Companies

plans of ships' engines by John Dickinson of Sunderland for Short Brothers, c.1879-86

1879 - 1886 construction engineering Companies

plans of ships engines by George Clarke, Southwick Engine Works, Sunderland, 1878

1878   construction Companies engineering
D/AP 23-7

ships plans of Short Brothers, c.1876-89

1876 - 1889 construction
D/AP 16-22

ships plans of Sir John Priestman and Co., c.1880-90

1880 - 1890 construction Companies
D/AP 1-15

ships plans of the William Pickersgill and sons, c.1880-1900

1880 - 1900 Companies construction

Board of Trade fishing boat records comprising A, Hartlepool returns, 1884; B, applications for exemption for South Shields and Sunderland, 1888-96; C, running agreements, accounts of voyages and crew and official log books for Hartlepool and Sund

1884 - 1896
A.M. Chambers A.M. Chambers, ships chandlers, Seaham: records 1920 - 1969 merchants