Burton upon Stather Heritage Group
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The Sloop Phyllis

Shipping in Burton

The Stather's Shipping Heritage

Pride passes The Stather
Cargo ship Pride passes The Stather.

Shipping has always been a part of this riverside village's history and the reason for its existence. The stather has been a port since at least Roman times. Goods have been loaded and unloaded at the wharf, brickworks and sandpit over the years. Ferries have crossed the river to the Garthorpe side and travelled along the river to Hull and Gainsborough.

John Wray & Son

One of the more notable shipping activities over the years was a large ship yard at the site which is now Kingsferry Wharf. John Wray & Son built ships on The Trent for more than a century from to . During this time the yard produced more than 300 ships, from large ocean going barques and schooners which travelled the entire globe, to local Humber sloops and fishing smacks for the Hull and Grimsby fleets which were booming in the late nineteenth century.

Ship Database

We are compiling a database of the ships built at Burton, you can explore this in the Ship List section of the page. Research is on-going so we don't have records for all vessels as yet, some have more detailed information than others. There are currently 285 ships in the database, 55 of them have stories written about them. We have featured some of the more notable ships listed below, these have a link in the Shipping Index.

View List

Featured Vessels

Shipwreck Chart

Use the interactive map to explore the places where the known ships built at Burton Stather met their fate around the globe. Most are concentrated around the UK coast, use the zoom and pan tools to navigate the map. Click a wreck icon to find out more about the wreck. You can download our KML File and view the ship locations in Google Earth and other mapping software.

Note: The positions given on these maps are approximate only and not to be considered as accurate. Many are the result of some conjecture and therefore should not be used for navigation or in planning a dive.