John Banks, born 4th June 1795, shipbuilder and timber merchant from Howdendyke purchased Howden Hall in 1849.
May 1854 'Fullerton' Brig (Official No.31702) launched Thurday,172 tons for John Banks, Howden. Captain G. Clark. When rigged will leave with cargo for Australia.
1854 'Saltmarshe' Schooner (Official No.4953) 70 tons for John Banks, Howden and Henry Bull, Hull. 1855 Captain H.Bull, for the Newcastle/Antwerp run.
1857 'Brackenholme' Brigantine (Official No.18252) 115 tons for John Banks, Howdon, John Holdridge Goole.
1859 'Isabella Pratt' Ketch (Official No.27159) 59 tons. 1880 owned by Thomas Pratt, Babwith.
1860 'James Pratt' Schooner (Official No.28414) 117 tons.
November 1860. Loss of the ‘James Pratt’ – ‘the following letter has been received respecting the loss of this vessel; the vessel was bound for Cronstadt :- “Barjon, 29th Oct., a dark and dismal night, blowing a hurricane. In an instant the ship commenced thumping, and we at once perceived it was on a rock. At three o’clock I was washed overboard, as in the act of getting a boat out. The sea jammed me between the two boats, and another sea took me overboard again, and, thank God, I was washed on a portion of rock close by the ship, with ten feet dry rock. I was sixteen hours on the rock, when taken off to a hut on the island. The old man and woman were very kind to me. They bathed me with hot water all night, when I came round. I remained there three days when they took to the nearest town, which was 16 miles distant. They got a doctor, but he said I said I should not live an hour. I have come to this town to see the British Consul. All my crew were thirty hours in the rigging before they were taken off. Part of the sails are saved, and all the rigging. She lost an anchor, cable, and part cargo. I am afraid I shall not get her off. She was lost off Fellings, 100 miles from Cronstadt. The crew will be sent off as soon as the consul can get them a passage. We have lost all clothing but what can we wear?”
'Babthorp' brigantine 192 tons, 95 x 23 x 12, Captain Oldridge (1870), built 1861 for J. Banks for the Goole Baltic run.
1863 'Sarah & Jane' Schooner (Official No. 47111) 96 tons for Christopher Turgoose, Old Goole.
'Swallow' schooner, official No.50412, 116 tons. 83 x 20 x 10, Captain G. Calvert (1870), built 1864 for J. Banks for Goole trade.Peter Cherry, Goole 1890.
1865 'Jane & Mary' Sloop (Official No. 50428) 37 tons. 1880 registered Goole and owned by John Bennett, Goole. 1890 Robert Batty, Hull.
'Cass' schooner 104 tons, 82 x 20 x 10, Captain W. Moat (1870), built 1866 for W. Cass, Goole for the Goole trade.
1866 'William Cass' Schooner (Official No. 54509) 96 tons.registered Goole and in 1880 owned by Caleb Kilner, Dewsbury. (1890 George Kilner.)
1867 'John & James' Schooner (Official No. 54519) 63 tons. 1880 registered Dumfries and owned by George Thomson, Dumfries. 1890 John Tait, Kirkcudbright.
'Brackenholme' brigantine 108 tons 88 x 20 x 10, Captain J.Holdridge, (Captain G. Moat 1870) built 1869 for the Goole - Lisbon trade.. (1880 owned by William Banks, Hemingbrough Hall, Howden.)1890 owned by Peter Cherry, Goole.
1869 'Cambria', Ketch (Official No.60187) 54 tons owned by Thomas Ramster,Hull (1880).
1871 'Superb' Ketch (Official No. 58749) 56 tons. 1880 registered Grimsby and owned by Thomas Raddings, Grimsby. 1890 Charles Henry Saunby, Fleetwood.
1874 'Merlin', Brigantine (Official No.67811) 248 tons owned by William Cass, Lincoln. (1880).
1878 'Sparkling Glance' Schooner (Official No. 81538) 159 tons. 1880 owned by William Banks, Hemmingbrough. 1890 Alexander Meek, Goole.
Born about 1836 in Northumberland he went on to marry Mary Hope of Selby, daughter of Thomas Hope keelman and master of 'Wressle Castle'. In 1881 he was described as a shipbuilder employing 3 men and 4 apprentices. By 1891 his sons John and Hope was helping with the shipbuilding and in 1901 sons John, Hope and Thomas assisted him, he was 65 by then.
In 1892 Baines Directory he is mentioned under Kilpin and under Skelton as shipbuilder.
1881 'Polyhymnia', Ketch (Official No.82507) 73 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
'Elite' Schooner official No. 67839 118 tons built at a cost of £3,000 in 1883 for the Newfoundland trade in 1883.owned by George J. King, Goole. (1890).
1884 'Proserpine', Ketch (Official No.88197) 87 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1884 'Thalia', Ketch (Official No.88161) 80 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890). 1900 registered Yarmouth for Hewitt & Co. Ltd. Shadwell, London.
1885 'Parthenope', Ketch (Official No.91428) 90 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1886 'Metis', Ketch (Official No.93085) 90 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1887 'Iris', Ketch (Official No.93103) 91 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1887 'Egeria', Ketch (Official No.93116) 92 tons registered Hull, owned by John Holmes, Hull. (1890).
1889 'Maud Mary', Ketch (Official No.91320) 77 tons registered Goole, owned by George H. Anderton, Howden. (1890).
'George Kilner' top sail Schooner official No. 91324 124 tons built 1891. (Painting by Reuben Chappell in Goole Museum Picture Link).
'Golden Wedding' Largest vessel buit here and made of british oak and copper bottomed. Brigantine 216 tons, 120 x 28 x 13ft. Built May 1893 for George Kilner for golden wedding aniversary, launched by grand-daughter Annie Kilner.The vessel was wrecked off Mexico in 1907 (Painting by Reuben Chappell in Goole Museum Picture Link
Other Ship Builders
1815 'Easter' Sloop (4964 Official No.) 33 tons for John Watson, Howden, John Holdridge, Goole.
1819 'John' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1820 'Mary' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1822 'Ann' Sloop (Official No 4801) 36 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.(1890)
1825 'Jane' Sloop (Official No.4958) 33 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike 1880/90.
1827 'Martha' Sloop 34 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1828 'Susannah', Sloop (Official No.4875) 36 tons for Henry Thomas Watson.
1836 'Tryphena' Sloop (Official No.4703) 41 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.
1839 'Elizabeth', Sloop (Official No. 24995) 44 tons for Henry Thomas Watson.(1880 John Would, Hull, 1890 William W. Mitchell, Boston)
1845 'Margaret' Sloop (Official No.23133) 45 tons for Richard Ward, Kilpin Pike.(1880 registered Goole) 1890 David Abbey, Kilpin Pike.
1852 'Richard', Sloop (Official No.4839) 47 tons for Thomas Clegg, Wm Turgoose.
D.E. Scarr. Ship Builder from about 1902-1969.
Building Lighters, Barges, Sloops and Yachts
'Spinner's Rose' , Tug launched by Mrs. Rose for Spillers Ltd, millers.
'Claire-Louise', steel trawler 25 tons for S. Dodgson Ltd, Bridlington
'Teddie', Built March 1933. Steel Lighter 250 tons, 70 x 20 x 9ft, for Messrs. John Deheer Ltd, High Street, Hull. Master Edwin W. Sargus.
Ships built in 1955 'Anne M Rishworth', 'Robert P Rishworth'
'Scarmari', Brabant yatch built about 1964
Sullage Lighter built about 1967 150 tons.
For further reading 'Planned to Death, The annihilation of a place called Howdendyke' by J. Douglas Porteous.