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Campbeltown Shipbuilding Co

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The yard is based at Trench Point, at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch in Scotland. It was previously the site of 17th Century earthworks.

1877 Archibald MacEachern founded the Campbeltown yard

1880s The yard built steamers for Glasgow based companies. In addition it also built a steamer for Australian coastal services, and this was the first of many steamers then built at the yard.

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced

1900s The yard made a steam yacht and a number of large ships.

1917 The enterprise was incorporated as a private company, The Campbeltown Shipbuilding Company Limited, with capital of £60,000.[1]

WWI Two colliers and two standard types were built during the War. The workforce increased to 300 men but almost immediately afterwards the yard began to go into decline

1922 After building 110 ships the yard closed down.

1933 The company went into voluntary liquidation.[2]

1969 Campbeltown Shipyard opened on the site of the yard. It was a subsidiary of Lithgows. It had a workforce of 22 and built fishing vessels.

1980 The workforce increased to 150 but the yard closed permanently

See Also


Sources of Information

  • L. A. Ritchie, The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (1992)
  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/9950