Scottish bricks found on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

‘Gartcraig’ and ‘Heatheryknowe, Patent, Glasgow’ bricks found by Romney Brain Port at Blakely on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA.

Romney states ” In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Port Blakely Mill operated as one of the largest lumber mills in the world (for many of those years, it was). ( Walking the shores of Port Blakely you will find bricks everywhere.  The bricks (mostly broken bricks) were likely brought back to Port Blakely as ballast in the great sailing lumber ships of the day after sailing back and forth around Cape Horn delivering lumber to England, Scotland and other places.”

Heatheryknowe Fire Clay Works, Glasgow


Gartcraig Fire Clay Works, By Millerston, Glasgow.



Below – This is a list of the bricks found at the above location by Romney.

1. SNOWBALL (Snowball Fire Brick Works, Swalwell, County Durham, England) – (1854-1935).
2. WILSON – BROUGHTON MOOR (Broughton Moor Colliery and Brickworks, Broughton Moor, Allerdale in Cumbria, England) – (1880s).
3. HEATHERYKNOWE PATENT GLASGOW (Heathery Knowe Colliery & Fire Clay Works, Baillieston and Glasgow, Scotland) – (1867-1889).
4. GARTCRAIG (Gartcraig Fire Clay Mine, Scotland) – (1876-1920).
5. T. CARR (Thomas Carr & Son, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England) – (1827-1918).
6. M.T & Co. (M. Thompson & Company, Quesburn and later Scotswood, near Newcastle, England – (1860s – ?).
7. ATLAS (Atlas Fire Brick Company, Los Angeles, CA) – (1918-1928).
8. LIVERMORE (Livermore Fire Brick Company, Livermore, CA) – (1910- 1917).
9. CLAYBURN (Charles Maclure & Son, Clayburn Brick Plant, Clayburn, British Columbia, Canada) – (1905-1931).
10. W.W. Co. (? – no clear information).
11. COWEN (Joseph Cowen & Co., Blaydon-on-Tyne, England) – (1823- 1904).

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