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Late 18th century: Robert Steele (1746-1830), of Saltcoats, moved to Greenock and became a partner in the firm of Steele and Carswell, shipbuilders and ship carpenters.
1816 Robert Steele, as senior partner, took his two sons, Robert and ... into business with him, the firm becoming Robert Steele and Co., which became widely known for the term "Clydebuilt" ships.
c.1820 Built Scotia; 100 horse-power, 165 tons, for the Dublin trade.
1839 Robert took his 2 sons, Robert and William into the business
1850-60s Launched some of the finest China tea clippers in the 1850s and 1860s - the Kate Carnie, the Ellen Rodger, Taeping, Serica, Lahloo, Sir Lancelot, Kaisow etc
1865 See 1865 Clyde Shipbuilders for detail of the tonnage produced
1866 Launched a cutter yacht of 133 tons.
1883 Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co took over Robert Steele and Sons.