RODNEY CLAPSON

MARINE CONSULTANT

AND

LECTURER ON HISTORIC HUMBER VESSELS

16 WHITECROSS STREET, BARTON ON HUMBER DN18 5EU

 

 

 

 

 

 As author and publishers of local history books we specialise in shipbuilding and the story of shipping on the Humber and Trent in association with the Barton Branch of the Workers Educational Association ( WEA ).  With 50 years experience of repairing commercial craft on the Humber we can offer help and advice to anyone tracing their ancestors ships, or considering conversion or re-rigging of historic commercial craft on the Humber for domestic, museum or other purposes.

We offer lectures and Powerpoint presentations in aid of preservation funds for the Newark Heritage Barge Group ( Leicester Trader ) or the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society ( Amy Howson and Comrade ) from their extensive photographic archives.  Links to these groups can be found on this website.

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Local History Books Now Available for the Rivers Humber and Trent

 

BARTON AND THE RIVER HUMBER 1096 - 1900

ISBN 0-900-959-20-7  Author Rodney Clapson

With information on Barton-owned seagoing trading vessels, canal vessels and paddle steamers from the Shipping Registers of Hull, Goole, and Grimsby.  Researched and written by Rodney Clapson, this book is produced and published by the Barton Branch of the Workers Educational Association as part 4 in a series of booklets covering the history of Barton on Humber up to 1900.

Format : A4, 104 pages including a glossary of nautical terms.

Price 7.00 ( 9.50 including postage) from Geoff Bryant, 8 Queen Street, Barton .

For your convenience it can also be purchased from :

CHAMP at Baysgarth Museum, Barton ,                

The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton             Waters Edge Visitor Centre, Barton

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Far Ings Nature Reserve, Barton

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A LINCOLNSHIRE SHIPYARD - BURTON UPON STATHER

ISBN 978-0-9557444-0-2   Author Rodney Clapson

The first book in series about Lincolnshire shipyards, this tells the story of the growth of the yard at Burton upon Stather on the banks of the River Trent, from a small provincial yard to one known nationally for the quality of the ships built there. researched, written and published by Rodney Clapson. The book records the foresight and energy of the Wray family in planning the yard, and their determination to develop the yard to win orders from the new shipping companies that had been formed to trade with the rapidly-expanding British Empire in the mid 19th century.

With details of every ship built at Burton upon Stather and at their earlier yard at nearby Alkborough, census records of the shipwrights and other craftsmen employed there.

Format : A4, 76 pages including a glossary of maritime terms.

Price 7.50 ( 9.75 including postage ) from Rodney Clapson. 16 Whitecross Street, Barton on Humber.

For your convenience it can also be purchased from these stockists

The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology, Steep Hill, Lincoln

Scunthorpe Museum        The Ferry House Pub, Burton Stather

The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber       

Waters Edge Visitor Centre, Barton on Humber

The Waterways Museum, Goole.

Amazon.co.uk

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ROADS, COACHES AND CARRIERS IN BARTON BEFORE 1900

ISBN 978-09555950-4-2  Authors Rodney Clapson and Darren Stockdale

The latest in the WEA series of booklets on Barton on Humber up to the year 1900, this book records the ancient roads, tracks and footpaths in and around Barton, with town maps and information on carriers - by land and water- who maintained trade and communications with the surrounding towns and villages before the days of the railway.

Format : A4   126 pages including a Trades Index for the town before 1900.

Available for 8.00 direct from the publishers, Fathom Writers Press at the Ropewalk Gallery, Barton on Humber.

For your convenience this book can also be purchased from

Geoff Bryant, 8 Queen Street, Barton on Humber and Waters Edge Visitor Centre, Barton on Humber

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ISBN 978-0-9557444-1-9 Author Rodney Clapson

A LINCOLNSHIRE SHIPYARD - NEW HOLLAND

The development of New Holland as a railway town, with its ferry to Hull has been well documented, but the existence of not one, but two, shipyards has not been recorded until now.  Many ships, from sea-going sailing vessels to river tugs and lighters for customers round  the world are recorded in this new book, including wartime building in two World Wars. with harbour works and survey craft prior to final closure. Census returns are included, with lists of of the men employed.

Price 7.50  ( 9.75 including postage) from Rodney Clapson, 16 Whitecross Street, Barton, DN18 5EU

For your convenience this book can also be purchased from

The Post Office, New Holland.   Lincolnshire Heritage, Steep Hill, Lincoln,

The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton,   Waters Edge Country Park, Barton

Baysgarth Museum, Barton 

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ISBN 978-0955744433 Author Rodney Clapson

A LINCOLNSHIRE SHIPYARD - BARTON ON HUMBER 

This new book gives full details of the yard from the first identified owner up to the present day with lists of all vessels built there, including the ships built for the Admiralty during two World Wars, with their war service records and fate where available. A special section covers the way that ships were launched at the yard, and how the minesweepers of WW2 dealt with a variety of types of mine.

96 pages, with extracts from the census returns, and details of the shipwrights who worked here.

The photograph show HMS MMS 181, a Barton-built minesweeper leaving port to begin minesweeping duties.

 

Price 10.00 ( 11.50 including postage) from Rodney Clapson, 16 Whitecross Street, Barton, DN18 5EU

For your convenience this book can also be purchased from

Waters Edge Country Park, Barton, The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton.

The Lincolnshire Heritage Bookshop, Steep Hill, Lincoln

Far Ings Nature Reserve, Barton

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FURTHER RESEARCH

A database of Humber vessels is being constructed from information in the Shipping Registers for the ports of Hull, Goole and Grimsby and from the Port Health Authority records as part of the research for our books listed above.

The database contains over 3500 vessels at present, including keels, sloops, lighters, schooners, ketches and other local and sea-going types. The sort of information recorded is shown below. This is proving to be very useful for family history research although because of limitations of space and time we are not including fishing vessels or trawlers unless they occur in the shipyard building lists with other craft.

This is an abbreviated example of the type of information recorded in our database

Name

Builder

Shipyard

Date

Type

Length

Off. No.

Owner

Fate

Little Nell

William Wray

Burton Stather

1871

Smack

72ft

65244

Wm Odell

Wrecked 1872 Terschelling

Annie

Joseph Scarr

Beverley

1903

Lighter

63ft

116165

T.Clark,

Sunk, 1927 River Trent

Triad

Robt.Garlick

Knottingley

1864

Schooner

85ft

47127

Wm.Jackson

Wrecked 1880 North Berwick

Daystar 2

Henry Scarr

Hessle

1904

Stm Launch

31ft

129260

J.Richardson

Fire 1910 Total loss

Priscilla

Jackson & Thornton

Mirfield

1907

Lighter

58ft

148445

Hull/Goole Transport

Lost in Humber 1946

Saner & Harrison No.11

Henry Scarr

Hessle

1914

Lighter

73ft

136255

Saner & Harrision

Lost, enemy action, blitz 1941

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