The Doric Columns
Cochar & Gibbon Shipyard
An Arthur Gibbon from Echt settled in Torry village, then just outside Aberdeen, at mouth of River Dee, as a shipbuilder, 1640, age 26 years. The family house in Torry village was still standing in 1871
Gibbons as Shipbuilders
The year 1818 was a memorable one in the trade, as in it was launched the Castle Forbes from the Shipbuilding yard of Robert Gibbon & Sons, the 1st vessel built expressly for the Indian trade, and the largest that had been built at the port up till that time. The Castle Forbes (Owners: Robert Gibbon, Arthur Gibbon, William. Gibbon) was a local wonder on account of her size, length 106'-7" x breadth 31' x depth 14', though she measured only 439 tons.
1st Voyage: carried 140 male Convicts to
Australia and had no deaths en-route. Landed 136 male convicts at Hobart
and 4 male convicts at Sydney. Departed Cork, Ireland on the 3rd
of October 1819 and arrived Sydney on the 27th of January 1820
(117 Days). Sailed for Hobart, Arriving there on the 1st of March
1820. Master: Captain Thomas Reid. Surgeon: J. Scott.
Caledonian Mercury, 30th March 1818:
Mercury, 29th June 1823:
Robert Gibbon 1738-1821
- Brigantine 1814 Built by Gibbon Shipbuilders
The ship-building business of Alexander Hall & Company was Established in 1790 by Alexander Hall. He took over the joint business of Cochar & Gibbon, where he had been an apprentice and then a Partner.
This single decked Brigantine illustrated on the above portrait may be the Fortune owned by Robert Gibbon 1795-1808 trading between Leith and Aberdeen. He also went to Holland for trade (as did his wife's family), on 19 Nov 1768 he became a citizen of the town of Veere in Zeeland, (SW Netherlands) which between 1541 and 1799, was the prosperous staple port for Scotland, in particular for the Wool Trade.
Other Ships Owned
Fanny - 1808 142T trading London - Gibraltar
John Gibbon Merchant c.1815
Alexander Gibbon Shipowner c.1826
Robert Gibbon and Sons, Rope and Sailmakers, Links, Footdee
Alec Gibbon, James Gibbon Shipowners
Robert Gibbon Jnr, Farmer, Kinmundy, Newmachar - Shipowner
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