The Belvidere (or Belvedere) shipyard was situated on the west bank of the Itchen just off Belvidere Road in Northam. Established by Ransom and Blaker in about 1823, James Blaker continued to work there after the partnership was dissolved in 1826. Other members of the Blaker family managed the yard after James' death in December 1841, until John Ransom bought the yard in 1852. By 1900, when this photograph was taken, it was occupied by James Dibble & Sons.
Shipbuilding in Victorian Southampton, by Adrian Rance. (HS/pf)
‘King of the Cutters: Dan Hatcher1817-1880’, in Classic Boat, no. 185, Nov 2003, p44-51
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