Thursday, 13 August 2020

Leith-Built Ships Vulume 2, Leith Shipyards 1918 to 1939

 Very pleased to be able to tell you that Volume 2 in the 4 book series on Leith-Built Ships will be published late 2020/early 2021, now featuring the brand new cover.

Just one of the many fine ships launched at Leith, featured in the new book.

Sunday, 26 July 2020

The Loftsman Website

Hi all with any luck you will now be aware that the new website which replaces the old leithshipyards website is now well up and running. Please take some time to visit and should you have any input then don’t hesitate to get in touch. As we work along with our website partners at Lucid Media you should begin to see many improvements in the website, making it better, bigger and more informative than ever.


Monday, 27 April 2020

New Shipyard shop

As the new website continues now at
The Blog on the new website will be the main source of news from now on and this new Blog will be even better with all the news on Leith Built Ships and so much more, such as the new shipyard shop about to open over there.

Will be opening soon, we have been working on this new concept for a wee while now, with the advent of the virus pandemic this has presented some more unexpected challenges. No more than anyone else has had to contend with but challenges just the same.

All under the logo
They Once Were Shipbuilders
(You will be able to fill in the location with your own preference)
My own particular preference was of course the Henry Robb Shipyard at Leith.

The aim of the shop is to present the customer with unique purchases that you will not find elsewhere. This will be a shop that will be a testament to a lost industry that touched so many people.

The Shipyard Shop will feature many fresh designs which cover an old concept, the concept of building ships.

Powerful industrial images now almost gone, but the memory lingers on, images that now sit very well on every day things from caps, hats to t-shirts to wall coverings.

We are sure that once the Shipyard Shop opens you will find what you are looking for, in a way that no other shop can, as we are also from the industry, an industry that employed so many people not only on this small island nation of ours but all around the World.

We will feature superb museum quality ship models covering many of the greatest ships ever to grace the seven seas.
We feature the Ship Beautiful above otherwise known as RMS Aquitania
Thes are not kits but fully assembled models shipped in sturdy containers to your door and ready to display. Some have LED lighting inside for a tremendous night-time effect.

Many of our original designs can be personalised so that you can input your own personal favourite, so please keep a look out for this happening, keep checking back here on the Blog, and on the main website.
Thanks to all and keep safe during these trying times.

They Once Were Shipbuilders

We hope you like the small taster of some of the many products that we shall soon be able to offer on the “Brand New” Shipyard Shop.

Bear with us as I am sure we shall open this pretty soon.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Thank You NHS

As I recently posted on my main website

 A mock-up of the new Hibernian home top




No further words required a picture worth many thousands of words.

Sunday, 29 March 2020

New Ships Photo Gallery

Ships Photo Gallery

As many of us struggle with this threat to life of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) we at the Loftsman website have decided to do our little bit to help.
Starting today we shall endeavour to create a huge ships photo library as we are aware that a great many people out there find this very interesting. You may have someone who sailed or worked on one of the many vessels, you may even find this part of the website of interest should you be researching a family tree.

From classic old ships such as shown below

The library will take time to build up but it is intended that we should have as many pictures of vessels on this part of the site that we can manage to upload. They are doing no good being hoarded or hidden away when many could enjoy seeing them at this very difficult time for us all.

So as you browse through the galleries please stay home and keep safe.

You can access the ship photo page at

Many types of ship will be added with some categories in a general way while some are put on the gallery in no particular order and under no particular heading.
You will just have to look through the many galleries to find what you are looking for. Over time we hope to be able to add details such as builder and size etc, but again this will take time, so keep checking back. If you think you could help by adding your own photographs to the site them please contact

Both old and new ships will be added over time.

Many ships photographs will grow this library of ships for your research and enjoyment, we hope you will help us by sending in your own photographs to make this into one of the largest ships libraries on the internet, a tall order but with help it can and will be done.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

New website - theloftsman

As promised a brand new website to include some of the original and now some of the new.

Check it out at


For all things ships and shipbuilding at Leith. 

You can now also contact me at

Please use this email to send comments and stories about the Leith Shipyards, along with any photographs you may wish to see on the website or perhaps even in one of my books in the Leith-Built Ships series.

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Book Launch at Leith

Official book launch at Leith

Very pleased to annonce that their will be an official book launch for the new book about the shipyards of Leith.
Leith-Built Ships Vol I will be featured at a signing event at the Leith Theatre this 31st Jan 2020