This record is held by Doncaster Archives

Details of DY/DUN
Reference: DY/DUN

Clients' ledger 1913-1927


Nominal ledger 1934-1957


Annual accounts 1967-1970


Cost books 1918-1939


Yard books 1924-1957


Repair books 1942-1954


Analysis book 1943-1946


Sales daybooks 1926-1953


Purchase daybooks 1943-1959


Cash books 1928-1965


Bank books 1938-1960


Copy out-letter books 1939-1946


Purchase of equipment register 1943-1953


Telephone call register 1957-1959


Thorne Marine Ltd 1961-1970


Cash books 1949-1960

Date: 1913-1970
Related material:

Plans of vessels built at Thorne are in the custody of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.

Held by: Doncaster Archives, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Richard Dunston Limited, shipbuilders of Thorne

Physical description: 16 series
Immediate source of acquisition:


  • Shipbuilding industry
Administrative / biographical background:

The firm of Richard Dunston Ltd was founded by Richard Dunston of Torksey, Lincolnshire in 1858. Until the early twentieth century it built wooden vessels of up to eighty tons carrying capacity for use on local waterways.


In 1917 the firm decided that it would concentrate on the production of iron and steel vessels and in 1925 fitted its first marine diesel engine.


The scope of the yard at Thorne was limited by the fact that the locks on the Stainforth and Keadby canal would not take a vessel wider than twenty-one feet. Consequently the maximum size of vessel which could be built there was 700 bhp tugs and 300 ton coasters and lighters. In 1932, therefore, the firm acquired the shipyard of Henry Scarr Limited of Hessle which enabled it to construct larger vessels.


By the late 1950s, the Thorne yard had nine berths and a dry dock and was building tugs, near-water trawlers, small tankers, coasters and barges of all kinds. The firm had pioneered the building of all-welded steel tugs and partial prefabrication.


Dunston's increasingly concentrated its activities at the Hessle yard and in 1985 closed the yard at Thorne.

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