Henry Wortley: Papers on Shipping and Shipbuilding

Scope and Content

Printed papers, pamphlets, postcards and photographs.

[I] Printed papers, articles and newscuttings, including (2) notices of the Ocean Steam Ship Co., 1901-20; (3) Henry Wortley, 'Ballasting', Shipmasters' Society, London, 11th session, 1900; (4) China Mutual Seam Navigation Co., directors' report, 1911; (9) Henry Worley, 'The practical results of some innovations in modern shipbuilding', paper, 41st session, Institution of Naval Architects, 1900; (13) papers on the foundation of the Henry Bell Wortley Chair of Metallurgy, Liverpool University, 1920; (14-15) the launch of Cunard's Lusitania and Mauretania, 1906; (21) papers, International Conference for the safety of shipping, 1913; (24) papers on Wortley's professional career; (37) 'List of Blue Funnel casualties, 1914-1918'; and (38) papers on the model of the 'built-up sternpost and rudder' built in the Science Museum c.1912 from Wortley's drawings.

[II] Postcards, mostly addressed to Wortley's daughter Norah Wortley, concerning especially his world tour, 1903-04.

[III] Photographs: ships, portraits of Wortley and his family, Alfred Holt, groups in shipyards and on board ship, and the 'Munitions of War Committee'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Bell Wortley (1867-1919) worked for Schlesinger Davis's Iron and Steel Shipbuilding Yard, Wallsend, and Robert Stephenson & Co. of Newcastle. From 1895 he was naval architect, and from 1908 manager of Alfred Holt's Ocean Steam Ship Company of Liverpool. He was also a director of the China Mutual Steam Navigation Co.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Miss Phoebe Wortley-Talbot, 1995.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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