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Montrose Shipbuilding and Engineering Co

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This yard launched ships into the Montrose basin and was based between the Tay and Aberdeen.

  • It was established in the mid 19th century and mainly made coasters, trawlers and barges.
  • In 1892 the Montrose Shipbuilding Co. was set up and built passenger ship and coasters.
  • 1919 The yard's title was changed to London and Montrose Shipbuilding and repairing Co. Ltd and built coasters.
  • 1923 The yard went into voluntary liquidation along with many other yards who were affected by the slump in orders in the early 1920s. No further work was undertaken at the yard until 40 years later when two trawlers were built for John Lewis and Sons of Aberdeen.


DC writes on 19th January 2011: 'Have been looking at your info. regarding Montrose Shipbuilding and it is incorrect to say that building did not restart until John Lewis took over the yard. A firm called Hepburns built there from at least 1947 until around 1952. My father was foreman at the yard at that time.'

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