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Smith and Rodger (2)

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Smith and Rodger, engineers and shipbuilders, of Middleton Shipyard, Govan, one of the oldest firms on the Clyde[1].

1836 Smith and Rodger was formed by David Smith and James Rodger; they commenced business in a shop at the Broomielaw.

Engine works were initially set up in Hyde Park Street

The firm's first draughtsman was John Ferguson

The first attempt of the firm at shipbuilding was made in the yard of their engine works, where they constructed a steamer called the Edinburgh Castle, which was launched over the quay at that part of the Broomielaw.

Moved to St. James's Foundry, Broomielaw, immediately west (sic) of Tod and McGregor’s premises.

Subsequently they removed to Govan, to the Middleton Shipyard.

1864 Smith and Rodger was incorporated in the new firm London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Company Limited; both Smith and Rodger became directors of the company.

Their Middleton shipyard at Govan was, after Mr. Rodger's death, occupied by John Dobie[2]

On Dobie's death, the yard was acquired by the London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Company.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 28 February 1912
  2. David Napier by David Napier and David Bell: Note 4