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Scott and Sons (Bowling)

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Scott and Sons (Bowling), shipbuilders and repairers, Bowling, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

1850 Founded when two yards were merged. Scott and Sons built 450 coasters, tugs, barges, steam yachts and Clyde puffers.

1850s-1920s The yard mainly built passenger steamers and coasters for Gardner and Stewart.

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced

1930s The yard launched two puffers Anzac and Lascar which were the prototypes for the "VIC" war-time coasters later built by many yards around the UK.

1940s The yard also produced the prototype for the Warrior class of "Empire" tugs, 13 of which were built at the yard.

1958 The yard became a limited liability company.

1965 The company was taken over by Scotts of Greenock.

1970s Tugs played a key role in the yard's output throughout the 50s and 60s with coasters added to the repertoire in the 70s. Trawlers and fishery protection ships were also a significant part of the yards output as it moved into the late 70s.

1977 The yard became a member of British Shipbuilders.

1979 The last two vessels (tugs) were launched form the yard whereupon it was placed on a "care and maintenance" basis.

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Sources of Information

  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss