• Many artefacts were manufactured from the wood and metal taken from the ships when they were broken up at Castles Yards and sold as mementoes to anyone interested in a souvenir of a particular ship of the line. The weighing scales shown [...]

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    Privacy

    16 May 2018

    Website privacy policy This privacy policy sets out how Castles Shipbreaking uses and protects any information that you give Castles Shipbreaking when you use this website. Castles Shipbreaking is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.[...]

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    Download E-Book

    Download the Castles Shipbreaking eBook in PDF Format HISTORY OF CASTLES SHIPBREAKING By Robert and Linda Tait    Click the Titles below to download and view online each page or chapter    

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    Temeraire

    2 Mar 2016

    HMS Temeraire was built in Chatham Dockyard and launched in 1798. As a first rate of three decks she carried 98 guns, and was a powerful addition to the Channel Fleet which she joined on her first commission. In 1803, Captain Harvey took command.  [...]

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    Includes ships sold to Castles or broken up by Castles1828 Larne    1844 Weazle1850 Grappler1856 Janus    1858 Flamer1861 Crocodile, Espiegle, Messenger, Waterwitch1862 Britomart, Tyne, Vestal, Cleopatra, Termagant, Portland, Spartan, Vixen, [...]

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    Wharves

    2 Mar 2016
    Wharves

    BALTIC WHARF This important site was the family home and business address of the Castles for about 98 years (1843-1941). During the years until 1860 Henry Castle built up the business at Baltic Wharf as a barge builder and shipbreaker. There was a [...]

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    Family Tree

    2 Mar 2016
    Family Tree

    The chart shows the direct family line of shipbreakers from the mid seventeenth century as we understand it. Consequently we provide below the family tree of the seventeenth century Castle family of shipbuilders for reference purposes.

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    Henry Castle

    2 Mar 2016
    Henry Castle

    The founder of the Shipbreaking business Henry Castle was born in 1808 and died in 1865. Henry had an adventurous early life migrating to Sydney, Australia in the 1830's before returning to Rotherhithe by 1838. He was an experienced shipbuilder, ship[...]

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    Shipbreaking

    2 Mar 2016
    Shipbreaking

    At the close of the Crimean War in 1856 the Navy was in transition stage from sail to steam, however it had learnt that shells were so destructive to wooden ships that the need for greater protection was needed. Accordingly an alteration in naval [...]

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    Garden Furniture

    DEVELOPMENTS IN FURNITURE Henry Castle’s son Sidney Nash Castle commenced the manufacture of furniture after opening an additional yard at Longs Wharf, Woolwich in 1872. By 1887 the company was a recognised specialist in the manufacture of garden [...]

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