There were more than 100 ships commissioned by the Royal Navy, but this in no way diminished his shipbuilding for other sources. One such ship was the launch of H.M.S. Cruiser “York” for the Royal Navy christened and launched by the Duchess of York from Palmers Shipbuilding Yard in 1928. A short video of the launch can be viewed at the British Pathe archive.
Amongst his inventory were a number of ferriers built for cross-Tyne duties. These particular ferries were built to work between Jarrow on the south side of the Tyne and Howdon on the north-side. In contrast, between 1857 and 1872 Palmer turned out ocean going passenger ships fot the Guion, National and North German Lloyd lines.
Serving on the transatlantic run between Bremen and New York included the Mowe, Adler, Schwan and Schwalbe rather small ships weighing in around 500 gross tons, built for North German Lines. These were closely followed by the Hudson and Weser built for the same company. These ships weiged in at a massive 2,250 gross tons when compared to the smaller size of the previous ships.
The Guion Line received larger ocean going vessels, ranging between 3,100 to 4,300 gross tons in the 1860’s and early 1870’s these were also designed for transatlantic service. The largest of the collection where the Dakota and Montana. These two ships where launched unusually, with their boilers and engines on board. The other ships were of a smaller size and included the Manhattan, Chicago, Minnesota, Colorada, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming and the Wisconsin.
The Guion Line opened their Liverpool to New York service in 1866, the Manhattan was the companies first ship weighing in at a gross tonnage of 2,866, she was 343ft long, and carried 72 first-class passengers and accommodated a further 800 passengers in second class. To top of the ships size the Manhattan could also take on board 1,500 tons of cargo. Even second class accommodation was praised for being above standards for early steamships.
Ships built for the National Line included the: Ontario, Helvetia, England, Scotland and Wales all built of a similar size to those built for the Guion Line all leaving the Palmer works in the 1860s.