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Offline Bilgerat

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Mrs Mary Ross, warship-builder of Rochester
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2016, 19:47:19 »
I thought I'd put this here, rather than in the Personalities board. Mrs Mary Ross inherited the shipyard at Acorn Wharf, Rochester when her husband, Charles, died intestate in 1808. He left her a full order-book, but once these orders were complete, she carried on running the shipyard and winning orders.

I found this fascinating document while looking for something else to do with a forthcoming article, so here's a link to it:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/21533369.2006.9668355

There is a small inaccuracy in it, in that it shows one of her warships, the 18 gun Cruizer Class brig-sloop HMS Epervier as being sold in 1818, when in fact she was captured by the Americans during the 1812 War and foundered during a hurricane in the Atlantic in 1815.

Incidentally, the shipyard is still there, now called The Acorn Shipyard.
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