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A. Leslie and Co

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Andrew Leslie and Co of Hebburn, shipbuilders.

1850 Andrew Leslie set himself up in business in Aberdeen as a shipbuilder on a small scale.

1854 Leslie moved to the Tyne, where only three shipbuilding yards existed at that time, locating his iron shipbuilding business in Hebburn[1]. He effectively built Hebburn by erecting houses for his workers.

1865 See 1865 Tyne Shipbuilders for detail of the tonnage produced

By 1870 the yard was making a large number of ships and was well regarded for the quality of the work turned out.

The yard grew until it employed 3,000.

1885 Leslie retired from the firm, having built over 200 ships

1885 Amalgamation with the locomotive builders R. and W. Hawthorn[2] to form R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co




Also see 1902 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Visits to Works for a description of the shipbuilding works


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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, 5 January 1910
  2. The Times, 5 January 1910