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Livingstone and Cooper

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1920. The War Service Tug, Spry.

Livingstone and Cooper of Hessle was a shipbuilding company.

Initially operated by the Cooper family

c.1910 Became a partnership

Up to WWI the yard built standard coasters and five "Saint" class naval tugs. It then went on to build a series of coasters. However, this work soon ran out.

1920 Jan. War Service Tug 'Spry'

During the 1920s the yard built whatever it was asked to do. This included a large motor tanker: Otokia, which although completed in September 1925, had drained the company of its resources. Consequently the yard closed soon after.


See Also

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Sources of Information

  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
  • The Engineer of 23rd Jan 1920 p92 & p96