Picture gallery of Jersey shipbuilding
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Shipyard at South Pier in St Helier Harbour
Gladiator, or more properly Gladiateur, was also built by F C Clark, at their West Park yard. She was a 427-ton barque, owned by Fr Carrel and Co from 1866 to 1874. She was broken up in 1916, ten years after transferring to Yarmouth as a coal hulk. Clark had the largest shipyard and employed up to 400 shipbuilders, at West Park (1844-1867) where he built 62 vessels. He also had a yard at Havre des Pas (1839-1845) where 12 vessels were built, and he built two ships at La Folie.
This figurehead from the Prospero is a symbol of Jersey's shipbuilding heritage. When she was carved Jersey was the fourth largest shipbuilding centre in the British Isles. The Prospero spent most of her time trading in China and Australia but in 1864 Captain Malzard took a cargo 2,500 miles up the Amazon to Iquitos, Peru. Malzard finally sold the Prospero to Joseph Storm of Adelaide in late 1869