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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 family business was "
Robert Gibbon and Sons, Merchants" at No. 11 Virginia Street, on the north side.

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.

2nd Voyage: carried 140 male Convicts to Sydney and had 1 death en-route. Departed Cork, Ireland on the 28th of September 1823 and arrived in Sydney on the 15th of January 1824 (110 Days). Master: Captain John W. Ord. Surgeon: Matthew Anderson.

Caledonian Mercury, 30th March 1818:
Ship Castle Forbes, Fraser Master, 440 tons register, launched from building yard of Robert Gibbon & Sons, Aberdeen, sailed from there Wednesday last on her way to Bombay via London.
She is the first ship built at Aberdeen for the Trade to India.

Caledonian Mercury, 29th June 1823:
The ship Castle Forbes, which left Leith about 18 months ago with goods and passengers for Van Diemen's Land, arrived in the Thames beginning of this month, all well, with a cargo from Hobart Town and Sydney. The CASTLE FORBES left Sydney in February and had a passage home of 4 months and 5 days.

Caledonian Mercury, 17th Jan 1825:
Confession of Alex Pierce of murder and cannibalism. In the 26th year of my age I was convicted of stealing 6 pairs of shoes and received sentence to be transported for 7 years. I arrived in Van Diemen's Land on board the ship Castle Forbes from Sydney

Captain Robert Gibbon 1738-1821

Robert Gibbon Co., Merchants at 11 Virginia Street, Aberdeen, the business is still listed there with that name in Aberdeen Directories 1824-25 and 1825-26,  No. 11 Virginia St was also the family home, his unmarried daughters the "Misses Gibbon" are listed there in 1824-25 to 1839-40.

Atlas 154T  Gibbon & Co 1817-1852

Ocean - Brigantine 1814 Built by Gibbon Shipbuilders
Timandra - 1814 Built by Gibbon Shipbuilders
 - Brigantine 1817 Built by Gibbon Shipbuilders
Fly Schooner 1820 42T Built by Gibbon Shipbuilders a Leith and Londonderry coaster

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 SonsRope and Sailmakers, Links, Footdee

Alec Gibbon, James Gibbon Shipowners

Robert Gibbon Jnr, Farmer, Kinmundy, Newmachar - Shipowner

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