Tod and McGregor
Tod and McGregor, iron ship builders, of Partick, Glasgow,
1835 They began business as marine engineers. Launched the Vale of Leven, the first iron vessel built on the banks of the Clyde and launched direct into its waters. Their yard was on the north side of the river, near the foot of Lancefield Street, close to the works of Robert Napier and Sons.
About 1838, their business had increased so much that Tod and McGregor moved to a yard on the south side of the river, almost immediately opposite, near to Thomas Wingate's yard. They were among the first to combine iron ship building and marine engineering.
1840s Extensive widenings of the harbour caused the removal of both Tod and McGregor's shipyard, and the adjoining premises of Thomas Wingate and Co. Tod and McGregor later moved to Meadowside, on the west side of the Kelvin where it joins the Clyde, where they constructed a dry dock, and subsequently a slip dock for repairing vessels.
1853 Direct action marine engine
1856 Large dry dock built
1865 See 1865 Clyde Shipbuilders for detail of the tonnage produced
1866 Launched the 'Princess Alice' screw steamer
Built many famous vessels for the Inman, P. and O., and other lines including The City of Glasgow, the first screw-propelled steamer to cross the Atlantic.
c.1872/4 After Tod and McGregor died, the business was carried on by their sons until they retired. The works were sold by Mr. David Tod junior to Messrs. Handyside and Henderson for £200,000. Subsequently owned by David and William Henderson who were in shipping; their brothers Thomas and John were partners in Anchor Line.
Sources of Information
- British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss