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A notice about John Blumer's death, can be seen here (PERSONAL, 85% down), & also here. The company failed during the shipbuilding slump that followed WW1, after completing Ixia in Jul. It would seem to have built 258 vessels in its lifetime at North Dock, the last such vessel, Cydonia, a cargo ship of 3517 tons, being on the stocks for 4 years, & finally launched on Dec. Ray Ranns has kindly provided a newspaper cutting which advises that on Feb. John Blumer & Company Limited, be voluntarily wound up & its assets distributed. You are invited to visit this page for some general data about 'Blumer'. And next a splendid image, taken at Blumers in the early 1900s, shown here thanks to the kindness of Malcolm Fraser of Durham City. Luke Blumer's (1) third son was William Blumer (1789/1850) and it is William's son John Blumer (1832/1913) who commenced shipbuilding in Sunderland. From 1876/77, the vessel was registered at Shields. Dixon' became the vessel's owners, also of Shields. A fine image of John Blumer, dating from perhaps 1890/1900, is at left below. The Mercantile Navy List of 1880 states the owner to be R. The vessel is not listed in the 1887/88 edition of Lloyd's Register, which may mean that the vessel had been lost or broken up but it could also mean that there was a change of vessel name.

'It is of interest to note that 'David Elliott' & 'Andrew Pace' family traditions both state that the emigration of Robert to the U. was precipitated by a fire at the Pace & Blumer shipyard.

The image shows James Fraser (1867/1941), Malcolm's grandfather, a 'freelance mast maker'. At present, I list only six vessels built by 'Blumer' at North Sands.

Photographed with a set of his masts during assembly at Blumers North Dock yard & standing where 'Brunel Drive' is today. You should know, however, that Michael Orpin of Jersey, whose wife is descended from Luke Blumer (Darlington branch), is also researching the family & yard histories.

Which ceased to exist at or about the time that George Blumer died in 1867. The vessel's initial owner was 'Gregory & Co.', of Blyth, intended for use, it would appear, in the Baltic & Mediterranean trades.

Now Luke Blumer (2) was the fifth son of Luke Blumer (1757/1840) (1), the son of a blacksmith from Soho, London. Initially registered, presumably in error, as 'Matfon' - an 1861/62 typo!

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