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One of the workshops at Mare and Co. Ironworks.

One of the workshops at Mare and Co. Ironworks.
One of the workshops at Mare and Co. Ironworks.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H2681
Description: Charles Mare (1815-98) and his colleague Thomas Ditchburn (1801-70) were among the pioneers of iron shipbuilding on the Thames. Ditchburn had previously worked as a shipwright at the Chatham Dockyard and had been manager of Fletcher and Fearnall's yard at Limehouse. Convinced that iron was the material of the future, he left Fletcher and Fearnall and went into business with Mare. Their first vessel was the 'Inkerman' (365 tons) built at Deptford for the Russian government. In 1838 they moved their yard to Bow Creek.
Creator: 'Illustrated London News'
Date: 1854
Credit line: Newham Archives and Local Studies Library collection.
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