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P. McGregor and Sons

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Canal Basin Shipyard, Kirkintilloch

1858 The business derived from the sawmill established by Peter McGregor. For a long time, the firm was largely engaged as timber merchants until, in 1902, shipbuilding was undertaken in earnest. It became the second yard to operate in Kirkintilloch, on the Forth and Clyde Canal, its neighbour being J. and J. Hay. Unlike Hay, who produced puffers from a single berth, McGregors had five berths, more technically sophisticated equipment and a broader range of vessels. The limitations imposed by the dimensions of canal locks were circumvented by building in sections for subsequent assembly, often at Bowling, at the western end of the canal, but sometimes abroad.

1921 The yard was closed and dismantled. During its life it was estimated to have built 118 vessels, of which tugs were a specialty, though puffers, launches and yachts were also produced.


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Sources of Information

  • A.I.Bowman, "Kirkintilloch Shipbuilding" (1983)