Fellows Shipyard and Dry Dock

Photographs of Fellows Shipyard and Dry Dock, Southtown, Great Yarmouth

By Laura Matthews

The yard was established and the first dock was built be James Lovewell. After his death in 1824 the business passed into the hands of the Fellows family. In later years the company was owned by the coastal shipping firm of FT Everard & Sons Ltd. The yard was sold to Richard (shipbuilders) Ltd in 1970 and is still open for business today. The site has changed little over the years; click here to see photographs of the shipyard in 2007.

Photo:Men working in one of the sheds in the shipyard

Men working in one of the sheds in the shipyard

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photo:An aerial view of Fellows Shipyard and Dry dock c. 1910

An aerial view of Fellows Shipyard and Dry dock c. 1910

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Men working on a vessel in the dry dock at Fellows, c.1910

Men working on a vessel in the dry dock at Fellows, c.1910

Great Yarmouth Museums

Photo:Portrait of workers at Fellows Shipyard, c.1910

Portrait of workers at Fellows Shipyard, c.1910

Great Yarmouth Museums

This page was added by Laura Matthews on 15/06/2007.
Comments about this page

Hello, I have been researching my family history,and my ancestors started off ship building in Barking Essex, but came to Yarmouth later on, to build smacks. My 4x GGrandfather was called James Morgan, he was connected to The Hewitts and Harveys. My GGrandfather was Thomas Gowland Morgan, he came to build smacks in Yarmouth, in the 1800s. I was very interested in the photos above, but I think they are a lot later than my ancestors. I am still looking for anyone who would know any info on my family, or anymore information on my ancestors.

By Jane Blake
On 09/02/2009

It was interesting to see this page. My grandmother was Sheila Mary Fellows (I believe it was her grandfather who bought the yard, but I am not sure). As a child I remember sleeping in a front bedroom of her house (75 Southtown Road - her brother, William Manning Fellows lived next door at 76), from where I could look at the yard (on the opposite side of the road): this would have been in the early 1960s. Thank you for displaying the photos.

By Kate Windridge
On 04/03/2010

I SERVED MY TIME AS A PLATER AT FELLOWS IN 1963-68, THE PLATERS SHOP IN YOUR PHOTOGRAPH WAS OF MEN BENDING FRAMES ON THE BENDING SLAB ,THERE WAS A FURNACE WHICH WAS USED TO HEAT THE COLD STEEL RED HOT AND THE SHAPE WAS FORMED BY BIG HAMMERS AND DOGS TO HOLD IT IN PLACE, THIS WAS THE PLACE TO BE IN THE WINTER FOR US BOYS TO KEEP WARM,HAPPY MEMORIES .GREAT PHOTOGRAPHS

By kenneth Larter.
On 05/08/2011

I am looking for information on a Yacht called Spray launched 1910 by Fellows & Co. It is a two mast yawl, loa 34' 9/10 & 23.91 tons gross. It was built for Milford & Heather Suffling of Great Yarmouth. Any information would be greatly appreciated.    Pat Baker

By Pat Baker
On 19/03/2012

I sailed on Continuity/Seriality/Fred Everard and Penelope Everard, some of the days I’ll never forget.  You needed an engineer to get the windless going.  The steering chains ran by no. 2 galley, toilet ran off two tanks, which the 2 early watch boys had to pump up night in port meant paraffin 10 pm, that was continuity to me - I loved her.  

 

By Kevin Mcevoy
On 28/01/2013

Thank you for listening about Freds.  Para handy hadn't a look in.  But we were happyish, I sailed mostly Blue Star, P & O and Shaw Savile beautiful vessels, but no craic like our friends from greenhithe.  Thank you again for recognising me, I’ll keep an eye on what your website is doing.  God bless I hope you thrive.  Kevin Mcevoy

By Kevin Mcevoy
On 30/01/2013

My father in law sadly passed Dodger Nudd worked here

By Tina Nudd
On 04/02/2018

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