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W. B. Thompson and Co

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1886. Triple expansion engine.

W. B. Thompson and Co of Tay Foundry, Dundee were shipbuilders.

Founded by William Bruce Thompson

1874 Thompson started the Caledon Shipyard; the first vessel built was a composite steam yacht for the Earl of Caledon, who consented to give his name to the yard.

The business flourished, and many notable steamers and sailing ships were built in it.

1881 Mr. Thompson extended his interests to the Clyde, and for five years carried on a yard at Whiteinch, where he built some very large steel ships. He also carried through a number of important salvage operations.

The Dundee business was conducted under the name of W. B. Thompson and Co., Ltd.

By 1889, of Lilybank Engine Works and Foundry, Dundee

1894 Antwerp Exhibition. Showed a model of a pleasure steamer.[1]

1896 The yard and the Lilybank engine works were taken over by the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co

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