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Updated January 8, 2007

About Our Family Research


I would like to thank my late Sister Muriel along with my sister Lorna and my Nephew Barry and Niece Sally, for their kind contributions to our Family Tree/Bio. Without their research and follow-up, most of the information regarding our early descendants would not be available to us at this time.
Our Family Tree is an ongoing project for all to participate. Any related information regarding our past will be appreciated. Photos etc, can be sent to me via mail or e-mail, my address is:
10 Willowdale Court,
Fonthill, Ontario.
Canada. L0S-1E2.



 
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  • William Ritchie, shipbuilder, Belfast, N. Ireland. (48 KB)
    William Ritchie 1756-1834. William was born in Ayr, Scotland. In 1790 he was invited to Belfast, N.Ireland (pop: 15,000) by some very influential merchants known as the Ballast Board. They asked him to build large seaworthy vessels on the banks of the river Lagan. After some consideration, he decided to move most of his employees and materials from his ship building business in Saltcoats Scotland. He commenced building large ships in 1791. He is considered by many, to be the first to start the large ship building industry at Belfast. (His Brother Hugh, followed later to start his own dry dock business, adjacent to William's excellent location). William's portrait (shown above) is hanging in the Ulster Museum at the Botanic Gardens,Belfast. A well known ship called the Titanic was built there.It was considered by many to be 'unsinkable' and was launched in 1912. Unfortunitely it was lost at sea after striking an iceburg on her maiden voyage crossing the Atlantic ocean from Southhampton,England to New York city, America! ( Feb 3rd, 2003. The following is an up-date from my Sister Lorna: You will be interested to know, that the last big ship slipped down Belfast's Harland & Wolf's slipway on Jan,17th; 2003 ). Apparently, no more large ships will be built there.---"SHIP AHOY!"
  • HUGH RITCHIE 1765 - 1808 (14 KB)
    Hugh followed his brother William to Belfast a couple of years later. He Built a Dry Dock business just north of William's shipbuilding enterprise.
  • JOHN RITCHIE 1751 - 1828 (2037 KB)
    John traveled from Scotland to help his ailing brother Hugh with his business in 1807. When Hugh died in 1808, John acquired the Shipyard business and continued until his death on 4th April 1828. John's Son-in-law, Alexander McLaine, purchased the ongoing enterprise shortly thereafter.(Amount unknown!)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Just a view to give you an idea how it looked! (31 KB)
    Thanks to my Sister Muriel, we can enjoy these pictures of our Great, Great, (Great) Grandfather William, his Brothers, Hugh and John along with this snapshot of the Belfast shipbuilding industry in 1812. Thanks again Muriel.
  • home.cogeco.ca/~cwritchie (8 KB)
    Please, don't forget, if you have suggestions, e-mail me: cwritchie@cogeco.ca
 
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