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Firth of Clyde Dry Dock Co

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1964. Dry dock.

Firth of Clyde Dry Dock Co Ltd , Inchbank, Greenock

1958 incorporated as a limited liability company to build a 1000 foot dry dock, capable of holding ships of 150.000 dwt. The company was financed by government loan, banks and insurance companies, and also by the Clyde shipbuilding firms of John Brown and Co (Clydebank) Ltd , Charles Connell and Co Ltd, John Kincaid, Scotts of Greenock, and G. and J. Weir. Representatives from these formed the board.

1964 The business opened and operated as dry dock owners and ship repairers.

The larger contracts carried out by the company included the dry docking of the British India liner Devonia, the first 100,000 ton tanker built in Europe and Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth II.

1966 The Company asked for financial help from the government without result. None of the founding companies helped publicly

1967 the company was put into liquidation

The firm was then purchased by Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd , Greenock, and Lithgows Ltd , Port Glasgow, on a 50/50 shareholding basis. The company name was changed to Scott Lithgow Drydocks Ltd

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Sources of Information

  • The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records, by L A Ritchie (ed) (1992, Manchester)