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Dowsett Engineering Construction

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of Malvern.

Part of the Dowsett-Mackay Organisation

1943 Took over the old shipyard at Dinas, Port Dinorwic[1]. Prefabricated steel sections were brought from Lowestoft (ie Brooke Marine) and assembled into flat-bottomed, all-rivetted tugs about 50 ft long with a single-screw petrol engine. These boats known as Unicraft. They had a small open wheelhouse at the rear and were used for towing 60 ft barges (also made at Port Dinorwic). These were used as supply boats in the Persian Gulf waterways. There was a later 55 ft version with twin screws. [2]

1961 Planned development of an ironstone quarry near Peterborough for Richard Thomas and Baldwins (Mineral Recovery) Limited[3]

1967 Developed a motorway service station at Selby Fork, Tadcaster, Yorkshire[4]

1976 Concrete Ltd of Leeds acquired Dowsett Engineering Construction and subsequently Dowsett Piling and Foundations[5]

1987 Company voluntarily wound up[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. Airfield Research Group [1]
  2. Ships Nostalgia [2]
  3. London Gazette 14 April 1961
  4. London Gazette, 13 April 1967
  5. The Times, Dec 16, 1976
  6. London Gazette 8 July 1987