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Shipbuilders and repairers, of Stockton-on-Tees
During the next six years 18 tramps were built, and the yard had the third highest output in Britain in 1895. The yard built an average of two tramps per year, and built seventy-two Ropner family tramps during the thirty-six years it was owned by the Ropner's.
1896 The yard produced its first "trunk-decker"; this is the style of ship that became the yard's trademark. However, there was some dispute over which yard was the first to actually produce this design.
1899 See 1899 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced.
1909 Built the 'Bismarck' for Chr, Michelsen & Co of Bergen. 1:48 scale model on display at Bergen Maritime Museum.
WWI. A dozen tramps and one coaster, two sloops, six barges and ten standard WAR "A" and "C" types were produced by the yard, although not all were completed until after the war.
1914 Directory: Listed as Iron Ship Builders of Hunter's Lane, Stockton (Ropner and Sons) 
1919 The yard went into voluntary liquidation and was renamed as Ropner Shipbuilding & Repairing Co. (Stockton) Ltd  but orders were not forthcoming due to the freight slump. The business was said to the have the advantage of being both shipbuilder and ship owner
1922 The yard was liquidated and financially reconstructed. Between 1920 and 1925 16 tramps were built.
1925 The yard was closed
1931 The yard closed for good after completing three tramps along with some coasters and trawlers.