Commercial and Private vessels produced by J. Samuel White's

- nowhere near a complete list, most of the info has come from the Internet -
so treat it with caution !!

Special thanks to Tony Richardson for allowing me to use the information he compiled.

Other lists :- Naval Ships - Lifeboats

In 1803 Thomas White moved, with his family, from Broadstairs in Kent to Cowes. Over the following years, Thomas and his sons ran individually and in partnership various shipyards at East and West Cowes. It was in 1860 that all the yards were combined under the name 'J.Samuel White'. So, strictly speaking, vessels built before 1860 were produced by shipyards operated by members of the White family, not by 'J.Samuel White'.

See this other page for the White family shipbuilders of Vectis Works Cowes and White Brother, Itchen Ferry (no connection to J. Samuel White's family).

name type date customer/ history link
Falcon Brig 1815 Hon C A Pelham (later Lord Yarborough)
Falcon Paddle Steamer 1817    
Vigilant Revenue Cutter 1824    
Therese Racing Cutter 1825 Lord Belfast  
Duke of Buccleuch Paddle Steamer 1830    
Waterwitch Brigantine Yacht 1832 Lord Belfast  
Vectis Brig 1833    
Vulcan Revenue Cutter 1835    
Medina (Hull only) Paddle steamer 1841 Royal West India Mail Steam Packet  
Kestrel Brigantine Yacht 1845 Lord Yarborough  
Victoria Schooner yacht 1846 Czar of Russia  
Reformation Ketch 1847    
Vectis Steamer 1853 P&O  
Patrica Barque rigged West Indiaman 1853    
Solent Liner 1853 Royal Mail Steam Packet  
Tartar Packet steamer 1853 P&O  
Besiktas Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Beylerbeyi Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Goksu Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Rumeli Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Tarabya Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Tophane Paddle ferry 1853/4 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Brilliant Brig rigged yacht 1853    
Royal Blue Jacket Clipper Schooner 1854 Ivens and Chessel of Bristol  
Heroes of Alma Full Rigged ship 1855 Sheperds  
Bdayrell Opium clipper 1855 Dent & Co  
Beykoz Paddle ferry 1858 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Sariyer Paddle ferry 1858 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Istinye Paddle ferry 1858 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Mirgun Paddle ferry 1858 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Anadolu Paddle ferry 1858 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Kabatas Paddle ferry 1860 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Galata Paddle ferry 1860 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Buyukdere Paddle ferry 1860 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Beyazid Paddle ferry 1860 Sirketi-Hayriye (The Bosphorous Steam Navigation Co.)  
Keang Soo Paddle Sloop 1863 Chinese Government
Renamed Kasuga became private yacht of the Japanese Shogun then Imperial Japanese Navy.
Scrapped 1898
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Royal Wooden 9 metre, steamyacht, acajou and with copper sheething 1872 Used on the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgian.  
Latona Yawl yacht 1875 A.B Rowley  
Xarifa Steam Yacht 1894 F M Singer (Singer Sewing Machines)
Acquired by US Navy in WW1
Osbourne Steam pinnace (31 ft) 1896 For three Royal Yachts
Scud Steam yacht 85ft 1896
Foam Steam vessel 1898 Shepard Bros. Newport
Spray Steam vessel 1898 Shepard Bros. Newport
Valiant Steamboat Steamer 1902 For service on the Niger river
Argonne Collier 1921 Compania Delmas of France
Atlas Cargo Ship 1921 A/S Atla (Jacobson & Co) Norway
Auvergne Collier 1921 Compania Delmas of France
Bilton Collier 1921 Lythgoe Prince
Evanger Cargo Ship 1921 Repaired
River Tees Collier 1921 Lythgoe Prince
River Wear Collier 1921 Lythgoe Prince
Svane Cargo Ship 1921 Repaired
Gordon 2 Ferry 1922 Woolwich Ferry.
Disposed of 1963
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Hitherwood Cargo Steamer 1922 C A Stewart
Judge Hart Cargo Ship 1922 Eastern Steamship for operation on Great Lakes.
Sank in bad weather 1942 Lake Superior
Norman P Clement Cargo Ship 1922 Eastern Steamship. For operation on Great Lakes.
16th Oct 1968 - heavily damaged by explosion and fire during repair from a stranding. She was a constructive total loss and was towed out and scuttled off Christian Island in 350' of water, Oct 23, 1968.
Squires Ferry 1922 Woolwich Ferry. Disposed of 1963 link
Berenice of London Yacht 95 ft 1923 Used as a houseboat on the river Dart before being rescued in 2001. link
Crested Eagle Paddle steamer (300 ft) 1925 General Steam Navigation for London to Ramsgate service - she had a 'retractable' funnel for going under the Thames bridges.
Bombed and sunk 1940 shortly after leaving Dunkirk
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Purbeck Ferry No 1 Chain Ferry 1925 Sandbanks to Shell Bay chain ferry.
In service until 1958
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Freshwater Paddle Steamer 1927 First used Lymington/Yarmouth route
Later Sussex Queen then Swanage Queen 1927.
Scrapped early 1960s.
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Xarifa Steam Yacht
260 tons
1927 F M Singer (Singer Sewing Machines)
Sold on to other owner
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Kingfisher Canel Inspection Launch 1928 Now in private ownership link
Seabelle 2 Steam Yacht 1928 Crown Agents for operation in Colonies
John Benn Paddle Ferry 1930 Woolwich Ferry.
Disposed of 1963
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Rab Cargo-Passenger 1930 Jadranska Plovidba, Yugoslavia - sister ship to Bakar
Will Crooks Paddle Ferry 1930 Woolwich Ferry.
Disposed of 1963
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Wylye Fox Yacht 32 ft 1930 Designed by Uffa Fox.
2005 at the boatyard Portmellon St.Austell Cornwall
Xarifa Steam Yacht 1930 F M Singer (Singer Sewing Machines)
Nore (LV 86) Light Vessel 1931 Withdrawn 1974. 2007 residential ship in the Port Werburgh Marina in Hoo link
Bakar Cargo-Passenger 1931 Jadranska Plovidba, Yugoslavia - sister ship to Rab
Breamer Motor Yacht 1931
Southern Cross Twin-screw motor-ship 1932 Melanesian Mission for the Solomon Islands video
Keply Tug 1934 On Admiralty service 1940-46 then to JP Knight (Rochester). Scrapped 1973
Noneta Motor Yacht - 65 ft steel 1935 Now Dunkirk little ship link
Massey Shaw London Fire Tender - 78 ft 1935 London Fire Brigade.
Retired 1971. Preserved on the Thames
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Minnehaha Yacht 40 ft 1936 Now Dunkirk little ship Thamesa. link
Katra Tug 1936 On Admiralty service 1941-43 then to JP Knight (Rochester)
Floating Bridge No.3 Chain Ferry 1937 East Cowes-West Cowes Chain ferry
Lady Craven Hydroplane 1938 Used as a Torpedo Recovery Vessel and fast Pursuit Craft were test firings by the Whitehead Company.
James Braidwood Fire Tender 1939 Operated on the Thames until 1961
Kathleen Tug 1939 On Admiralty service until 1946 then to JP Knight (Rochester)
Hyperion Fast Launch - 47.63 ft 1943 During WW2 she was used to carry Agents across the English Channel to occupied France. link
XXX Motor Barge 1948 Mew Langton
Rio Santiago (ex Antartico) Cargo Vessel 1949 Argentine Government
Rio Quequen (ex Artico) Cargo Vessel 1949 Argentine Government
Eket Ferry Boat
394 tons
1949 Elder Demptster - Calabar ferry service, 1972 sold to Government of Nigeria.
Sidi Mabrouk Cargo Vessel 1949 Societe Generale Transports Maritimes a Vepeur, France
Sidi Okba Cargo Vessel 1950 Societe Generale Transports Maritimes a Vepeur, France
Kadoura Reefer 1951 Compagnie des Chargeurs Reunis. Sold to Greece 1969 renamed Asterix
Matthew Flinders Pilot Vessel 1952 Brisbane, Australia
Pathfinder Survey Vessel 1952 Crown Agents
Candle Lightship 1952 India
Flame Lightship 1952 Calcutta Port Trust, India
Torch Lightship 1952 India
Calbourne 2 Motor Barge 1953 Island Transport Co.
Burja Motor Launch 105ft 1954 2010 - Croacia link
Kestrel Tug 1955 Built for JP Knight of Rochester transferred to Caledonian Towage at Invergordon in the 1970s and based here until scrapping in Kent in 1983. link
Susan Constant Cargo Vessel 1958 Constants Ltd. Cardiff
Mermaid Lighthouse Tender 1959 Trinity House.
Laid up 1987
Caesarea Cross Channel Ferry 1960 British Rail Weymouth-Channel Islands Service with Sarnia w
Withdrawn 1975

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HD1 Hovercraft 1960 Hovercraft Developments
Sarnia Cross Channel Ferry 1960 British Rail Weymouth-Channel Islands Service with Caesarea
Withdrawn 1977
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Siren Lighthouse Tender 1960 Trinity House. Laid up 1987  
Stella Lighthouse Tender 1961 Trinity House. Laid up 1989
Shalfleet Motor Barge 1962 Island Transport Company
Bencol Motor Coaster 1964 London & Rochester Shipping Co.
Horation Motor Coaster 1964 London & Rochester Shipping Co.

1983 broken up at Rainham after grounding at Mistley.

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Winston Churchill Lighthouse Tender 1964 Trinity House. Laid up 1989
Crescence Motor Coaster 1965 London & Rochester Shipping Co. link
South Shore Supply Workboat 1965


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