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Sunday, 28 October 2012

From Sail to Steel.

THE SAIL TRAINING SHIP MERCATOR
Built at the Leith Shipyards of Ramage & Ferguson 1931




The finished entity that was the Henry Robb Shipyard, was an accumulation of no less than four previous shipyards that had slipways on the small patch of ground that was to eventually become the Henry Robb Shipbuilders & Engineers  “Victoria Shipyards” at Leith.




The Leith Shipyards website will try and collate the full list of all the ships built in the yards to become the central point of reference for more than 1,000 ships of all kinds built in the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, Ramage & Ferguson, Cran & Somerville and Hawthorns & Co.

There is nowhere on the internet that provides all this kind of information all in one readable website with stories of the ships and of the men and women who sailed or served on them.

We require our readers help with this huge project and any information on any of the ships along with any photographs would be most appreciated.

This is a story that goes back in time to the famous shipwright Thomas Morton who invented the patent slip a means where vessels could be brought from the sea to dry land and worked on thus making it less costly to work on than dry docking the vessel.

Thomas Morton & Co arrive in the Leith Shipyards story by way of the fact that they had been taken over by the shipbuilding firm of Hawthorns & Co in 1912, Hawthorns themselves would be taken over by Henry Robb Shipyards in 1924 this gave Robb access to building berths and meant that they could build further ships and launch them directly into the sea.





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