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The image shows James Fraser (1867/1941), Malcolm's grandfather, a 'freelance mast maker'. At present, I list only six vessels built by 'Blumer' at North Sands.
A beautiful engraved gold watch, presented, on Oct. Richard Cumming by the workmen & officials of Messrs. The business remained at North Dock for the rest of its life - i.e. Taylor or ii) Captain Burn in command, with a cargo of coal, it was driven ashore in a hurricane on Caribou reef or Island, Anticosti Island (cannot spot exactly where), in the Gulf of St. How extraordinary that detail of what happened in May 1869 is available to us today thanks to a letter sent to New Zealand ('NZ') & published in the 'Nelson Examiner ...', a NZ newspaper, in Sep.
to 1922, I have read, but I am not 100% sure of that - see a few paragraphs below re Cydonia.
And a new partnership of identical name continued, the new partners being Arthur Robson, Thomas Rickaby Blumer & William Blumer. of Newcastle, became the owner - only later, in or about 1879, was Dobson recorded as being based at North Shields. Sheila advises that the name was correctly 'Gilhespie' rather than 'Gillespie' as reported.
I am advised that 'Blumers' built a ship named 'John Blumer' in 1914, the year after John Blumer died in retirement. And William Blumer died at Harrogate soon thereafter, leaving an estate of 373,144 - I think that value is correct, the newspaper cutting being quite difficult to read. 10, 1873, the vessel was, I have read, transferred to North Shields.
John Blumer retired from the business on December 31, 1895. I have not read the circumstances but do we have a hint.