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London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Co

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1889. Triple expansion engines of SS Glengyle and SS Glenshiel.
1910. HM Destroyer Rattlesnake.

London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Co of Govan, Glasgow, shipbuilders and makers of steam engines for marine use and stationary engines. [1]

of Gracechurch Street, London

of Middleton Shipyard, Govan, 172 Lancefield Street and 53 Anderston Quay, Glasgow (1914)

1864 Company was established and acquired the business of Smith and Rodger, shipbuilders and engineers, one of the oldest firms on the Clyde[2].

1864 The company was registered[3]. Public trade in the shares.

1865 See 1865 Clyde Shipbuilders for detail of the tonnage produced

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced

1899 Engine for HM Paddle Tugs Cracker and Advice

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Exhibited a model of SS Foreland and Goodwin which used their engines

1900 Six or seven berths at yard but only two ships being built

1904 See Aberconway for information on shipbuilding h.p produced in 1904.

1910 Acquired grounds previously occupied by William Beardmore and Co (and before that by Robert Napier and Sons) which considerably extended the Govan yard. The boiler shop was at Lancefield on the opposite side of the river[4] and engine works were at Anderston Quay, both of which had been extended and improved in recent years[5].

1912 The directors had been considering for some time the advantages of disposing of the business and recently Harland and Wolff had made an offer to acquire the business; the business would continue as before in both Naval and mercantile contracts[6].

Harland and Wolff acquired the London and Glasgow Iron Shipbuilding Co's shipyard, together with the adjoining yard of Mackie and Thomson, and Robert Napier and Sons' old yard, which by this time had been vacated by William Beardmore and Co. All these names disappeared, and the three Govan establishments were laid out as one large modern shipyard. The engineering works of the Old London and Glasgow Co. were greatly extended, and adapted for the construction of Diesel engines.[7]

1914 Shipbuilders, marine engineers, boilermakers etc. Specialities: warships and merchant steamers of all classes, constructed and supplied with their machinery. Employees several hundreds. [8]

1922 c5000 employees

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Sources of Information

  1. Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  2. The Times, 28 February 1912
  3. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  4. The Times, 28 February 1912
  5. The Times, 8 December 1909
  6. The Times, 28 February 1912
  7. Aberconway XV
  8. 1914 Whitakers Red Book
  • The National Archives BT 31/14356/1207C
  • The National Archives BT 31/14356/1238C
  • L. A. Ritchie, The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (1992)
  • John Shields, Clyde Built: A history of Shipbuilding on the River Clyde (1949)
  • Stationary Steam Engines of Great Britain by George Watkins. Vol 10
  • The Engineer of 21st September 1894 p248
  • The Engineer of 23rd March 1900. p306