Whites – Shipping, Chemist and Chandlers

White’s trading was diverse, they often traded with exotic and far flung destinations such as Patagonia, Quebec or Calcutta. Passengers were carried from Waterford to Quebec and Montreal returning with a cargo of timber. Many ships carried passengers across the Atlantic during and after the famine.

White’s imported cargo such as coal, timber, sugar, linseed and guano were lucrative, earning the company big profits. The captains of the vessels earned hefty commission on all the cargoes safely delivered, and many build large houses on the Quays, Lombard Street and William Street. William White, the founder of White’s Shipyard died in 1834 at age 83. The business passed over to his two sons Albert and George.

Prof. Bill O’Gorman (Waterford Institute of Technology) 


Film Notes

Learn more about George White’s Chemist – View PDF

View a brochure for George White’s Chemist – View Brochure

Some historical notes on Whites Shipyard – View Website


About Waterford Cultural Quarter

Created and produced by Waterford Youth Arts in 2021 with support from Waterford Council Arts Office, Waterford Cultural Quarter and Creative Waterford. All Film and Audio by Keith Currams. Website by Thomas Fitzgerald. Producer and Interviewer Ollie Breslin. Special thanks to Michael O’Sullivan and all the members of Waterford History Group (Facebook) and to the National Library Ireland .

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