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While the business was mainly in the repair of ships they did keep their workforce busy with new construction when the repair business was quiet. 'Wederell' family tradition was that vessel was lost, William Heatley in command, on NZ coast in 1888/89.
And they built 10 vessels during the short lifetime of the firm. The webmaster has many editions of Lloyd's Register available to him ex 'Google' books, thru 1885/86 - see left. Stafford, later (1870 & 1880) Francis Stafford, both of Blyth). But Bill Heatley indicates that vessel, with ancestor William Heatley in command (he drowned), was in fact sunk off Queensland in 1891. It would be good to link to an image, the oil painting, perhaps! Ray Ranns advises me that a new hull numbering series was commenced when the move was made to North Dock.
That tradition says that the fire took place on a Sunday & that John Blumer (a religious man) would not allow the fire to be put out on a Sunday. But no date is available for that fire and its existence has not yet been confirmed by contemporary records.
David indicates that the Pace family were members of the Salvation Army & speculates that maybe neither party was prepared to tackle any fire on the Sabbath! Would seem to have been active in Australian/New Zealand ('NZ') area for most of its life. The Mercantile Navy List of 1870 (go right to p#116) states Corbin Lamb of Port Adelaide, South Australia, to be the vessel's owner.
Blumer, page bottom (greeting cards from Sunderland). But much of the data that follows is thanks to the efforts of Ray Ranns, (who lives near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, U. Ray has been most busy assembling data about the family history, building upon materials assembled by his father 'Noel Blumer Ranns'. 4, 1916, the vessel, then Norwegian owned, got into difficulties off Atherfield Point, Isle of Wight, & in very bad weather ran ashore at nearby Brook (or Brooke? 8 of the crew jumped into the sea & were picked up, with one of the 8 dying of exposure in the lifeboat. Ben Jacobs, coxswain (1892-1917) of Susan Ashley, was awarded a silver medal for the rescue though I cannot tell you which particular medal. Per 1 (Miramar, link, you now must be registered to access). long perpendicular to perpendicular, signal letters HVRN.
However, the 'Pace' of 'Pace, Blumer' refers to Robert Pace, a shipwright who was foreman for George Booth. These next words are essentially a repeat of a section at the Robert Pace entry, which words have relevance here also. The vessel ran ashore in a gale at Quindalup, 130 miles S. '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. At that time, I am advised, a time before welding became the norm, masts were riveted together. Firstly there is, on site, a 'Blumer' build list from its earliest days in 1859 thru to the very end. And he has assembled a list of 18 vessels constructed at North Sands in the years of 1859 through 1865. 'Where Ships Are Born' indicates that the Avon was 'in some records credited to Pace, Blumer's foreman, but the explanation might be that Pace had a share in the business during those early days'. In view of the business name of 'Pace, Blumer' referred to above. Built, it would seem for Gayner of Sunderland, & owned as to 48/64 by R. Shipbuilding was in the Fraser family's blood - a common Sunderland story perhaps. Michael's data is now included in the 'Blumer' build list now on site. The webmaster has a limited number of 'Lloyd's Registers' available to him (image at left) &, for what would appear to be Avon's entire life, they record 'Pace' as the builder.
Andrew confirms that the association of the Pace family with the Salvation Army was very long term indeed, & is so in Australia today (in early 2009).' Is it possible that you have data about this most interesting matter? 1865, Colonel Arthur Robson joined the firm, which then became 'Blumer and Company'. The above links are mainly to vessel arrival records.