Palmer Memorial Hospital

Palmer Memorial Hospital

Born on November 3rd 1822, Sir Charles Mark Palmer a successful shipyard/steel company owner not only gave Jarrow much needed employment he was also responsible for the building of a much needed hospital. He was married three times. His first wife Jane was the daughter of Ebenezer Robson who hailed out of Newcastle Upon Tyne, …

Palmer Shipyard

John Bowes Steam Ship

Come the 1900’s Palmer workforce would be in excess of 9,000 men and boys. Charles Palmer also held major interests in the local Coal Mining industry. With this in mind Charles wanted to ferry coal to London, from the Durham coal fields, using his own steam collier ships. This is were the John Bowes, named …

Palmer blast Furnace

Palmer Makes It A First

The ‘John Bowes’ had a long life span. Some 81 years in which she served as a stores vessel in the Crimean War, under went several name changes, survived many collisions and carried general cargo instead of coal. While under one of her many name changes ‘Villa Selgas’ sadly the ‘John Bowes’ sank after developing …