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Isaac Pimblott and Sons

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Isaac Pimblott and Sons were based on the River Weaver, near to the Manchester Ship Canal

1867 Founded by Isaac Pimblott and then was taken over by his two sons, John and Thomas. Originally located near the town centre (presumably Northwich), they moved to an upstream location (above Hunts Lock) in 1906. Their old shipyard is now a pleasure craft marina.

1900s The yard built small tugs, barges, launches and small wooden harbour craft.

1909 Isaac Pimblott died. He was immensely proud of the fact that he built the first Northwich steamer to cross the Atlantic, to South America.

WWII built thirteen examples of the "VIC" type Clyde puffer, three coasters, three tankers.

1950s In the post war period, the yard focussed on building coasters for Indonesian and other countries.

1955 The Weaver Shipyard had 12 berths, capable of building ships up to 150 ft.[1]

1960s It continued building small craft for the navy in the 60s

1971 The yard closed in 1971

1972 The company went into voluntary liquidation in October.[2]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Directory of Shipowners, Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers 1955
  • L. A. Ritchie, The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (1992)
  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
  • [1] Heritage Now
  • Some company records are in the Cheshire Record Office[1]