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Monday, 20 October 2014

Robb Caledon Shipyards

The ex Duchray Ship No 517 built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon now re-named as Eide Rex

Good to see she is still working away in gainful employment as seen in the photographs from the shipspotting website it is just a pity that they cannot get it correct where she was actually built, perhaps due to the confusion of when Henry Robb Ltd amalgamated with the Caledon shipyard of Dundee in 1968 to be called Robb Caledon Ltd, the dominant partner is shown in the name and for the avoidance of any doubt she and some 500 other ships were built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd, later to be called Robb Caledon Ltd then to revert back to the name of Henry Robb Ltd when the Caledon Shipyard was closed in 1981 by British Shipbuilders Ltd as the Privatised enterprise was called at that time.
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The long pedigree of some of the shipyards in Scotland can understandably get a little bit confusing especially to non shipbuilders but that is not to say that this site is not worth a visit as it really is a great website for all interested in ships and the sea they just need to get some of the facts corrected as to where the actual ship was built, otherwise some people may get the impression that the yard at Dundee built twice as many ships as they actually did which would of course clearly be incorrect.
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