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John Fullerton and Co

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Shipbuilding yard in Paisley - 1891.

John Fullerton and Company of Paisley

1866 John Fullerton took over this Merksworth yard

1872 The first vessel to be launched was Kyles, a small steam coaster on 12th March 1872. Kyles is still in service today as an exhibit at the Scottish Maritime Museum.

1877 The yard built an iron screw steamer Earl of Zetland that remained in service for 73 years. The yard also made an iron Clyde paddler. The yard moved into steel building in the late 1890s which was relatively late.

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced

1905 John Fullerton died. His son James took over and the yard built small coasters, tugs and trawlers.

WWI The yard mainly made coasters.

1920s After the war, the yard began building passenger and cargo steamers for British and Australian companies

1925 James Fullerton died.

1928 The yard launched its last coaster and it was then closed and demolished.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss