Thomas Royden and Sons was a shipbuilding company in Liverpool which operated from 1818 until 1893.
Liverpool is a city in North West England, with an estimated population of 491,500 in 2017. Its metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in the UK, with a population of 2.24 million in 2011. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district in the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest in the Liverpool City Region.
Thomas Royden, a master carpenter, opened a shipyard on Baffin Street on the west side of Queens Dock, Liverpool in 1818. After a brief partnership with James Ward as Royden & Ward in 1819-20, he eventually took his two sons, Thomas Bland Royden and Joseph Royden, into partnership and the company was renamed Thomas Royden & Sons in 1859.In 1863 the company made the transition from building wooden to iron-hulled ships, and the same year Thomas Royden retired. In 1854 the company expanded by acquiring the neighbouring shipyard. Production increased from only six ships in 1866 to twelve in 1869.
Queen's Dock is a dock on the River Mersey and part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the southern dock system, connected to Wapping Dock to the north and Coburg Dock to the south.
Sir Thomas Bland Royden, 1st Baronet was an English ship-owner and Conservative Party politician.
The company also began operating its own ships, founding the Indra Line in 1888. This came to dominate the company's activities, and in 1893 Royden's sold their shipyard to concentrate on shipping operations and management. They sold the Indra Line to Blue Funnel Line in 1915, and from 1916 operated the Santa Clara Steam Ship Company on the South American route. The Santa Clara Company was sold to the Bristol City Line in 1930 finally bringing Royden's independent shipping operations to a close.
Alfred Holt and Company, trading as Blue Funnel Line, was a UK shipping company that was founded in 1866 and operated merchant ships for 122 years. It was one of the UK's larger shipowning and operating companies, and as such had a significant role in the country's overseas trade and in the First and Second World Wars.
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Thomas Bland Royden served as the Mayor of Liverpool in 1878-1879, and was elected MP for Liverpool West Toxteth in 1885, serving until 1892. He became a baronet on 29 July 1905, while his son, Thomas Royden, 2nd Bt., served as the chairman of the Cunard Line, and as MP for Bootle in 1918-1922. He was ennobled as Baron Royden in 1944. Agnes Maude Royden, daughter of Thomas B. Royden, was a noted suffragist, pacifist and preacher.
Liverpool West Toxteth was a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
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Ships built by Thomas Royden and Sons include:
The SS Alesia was a 2,790 GRT ocean liner built for the Fabre Line in 1882. She served until 1899 when she was scrapped.
SS Asiatic was a steamship operated by the White Star Line from 1871 to 1873, a sister ship to Tropic. Sold off after only two years, she was renamed SS Ambriz, and eventually was wrecked in 1903.
Lesbian was a 1,559 GRT cargo liner which was built by Thomas Royden & Sons Ltd., Liverpool. She was launched in 1874 and scrapped in 1903.
RMS Empress of Britain was a transatlantic ocean liner built by Fairfield Shipbuilding at Govan on the Clyde in Scotland in 1955-1956 for Canadian Pacific Steamships (CP). This ship — the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of Britain — regularly traversed the trans-Atlantic route between Canada and Europe until 1964, completing 123 voyages under the Canadian Pacific flag.
SS Tropic was a steamship operated by the White Star Line. Built in 1871 by shipbuilders Thos. Royden & Co, the 2,122 gross-ton vessel operated on the Liverpool to Calcutta run in 1871, and in 1872 began serving South American ports from Liverpool. In 1873, the ship was sold to Serra y Font, Bilbao, and renamed Federico.
The Royden Baronetcy, of Frankby Hall in the County Palatine of Chester, is a title in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom. It was created on 29 July 1905 for Thomas Royden, head of Thomas Royden & Sons, shipowners. He also served as Lord Mayor of Liverpool and represented Toxteth West in the House of Commons as a Conservative. His eldest son, the second Baronet, was Chairman of the Cunard Line and sat as Member of Parliament for Bootle. On 28 January 1944 he was created Baron Royden, of Frankby in the County Palatine of Chester, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. However, the peerage became extinct on his death in 1950 while he was succeeded in the baronetcy by his younger brother, the third Baronet.
Agnes Maude Royden, CH, later known as Maude Royden-Shaw, was a preacher and suffragist.
SS Ionic was a cargo liner initially in service with White Star Line from 1883 until 1900. She was used on the company's joint route to New Zealand with the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line. She was sold to the Aberdeen Line in 1900 and renamed SS Sophocles, and was withdrawn for service in 1906 and scrapped in 1908.
Port Line was a passenger and cargo shipping company, initially formed as the Commonwealth and Dominion Line in 1914, and in operation in one form or another until 1982.
The Type C7 ship(Lancer Class) is a United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) designation for a cargo ship and the first purpose-built container ship. The vessels were constructed in US shipyards and entered service starting in 1968. As US-built ships they were Jones Act qualified for shipments between US domestic ports. Under the Jones Act domestic US maritime trade is restricted to US-built and flagged vessels of US owners and manned by predominantly US-citizen crews. The last active Lancer container configured ships were operated as late as 2014 by Horizon Lines. Lancers of the vehicle Roll-on/Roll-off (RO/RO) configuration remain held in the Ready Reserve Force, National Defense Reserve Fleet and the US Navy Military Sealift Command. All are steam powered.
SS Gallic was a cargo steamship built in 1918. During her career, she had six different owners and sailed under the flags of the United Kingdom, Panama and Indonesia. In spite of prevailing maritime superstition that it is unlucky to change a ship's name, she underwent seven name changes and survived a 37-year career unscathed. She was scrapped at Hong Kong in 1956, the last surviving White Star Line cargo ship.
The Delphic was a British freighter operated by the White Star Line, the company's second ship to bear this name. She was built by the Harland & Wolff shipyards in 1916 to serve the war effort under the name of War Icarus, belonging to the series of "Type G" cargo ships. Launched in September 1918 and commissioned in the following October, she was the only ship in the series to be completed before the end of the First World War. During this time she was operated by a Liverpool company.
The Brocklebank Line was an English shipping line that operated during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Royden may refer to: