Grace's Guide

British Industrial History

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 148,518 pages of information and 233,949 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Cox and Co

From Graces Guide

Jump to: navigation, search
June 1888. Engineers and shipbuilders.
December 1889.
1910. Tug boat for the North Eastern Railway.

Cox and Co, of Falmouth Dock Ironworks, Falmouth, shipbuilders.

1878 Started shipbuilding in Falmouth, Cornwall, England, trading under the name Cox, Farley and Co

From 1878 the yard built tugs, naval water-boats, trawlers, sloops and several Amazon paddle steamers.

By 1883 the company was operating as Cox and Co[1].

1890 Built three ships for the laying and raising of mines. Article and illustration in 'The Engineer'

1894 Mining Steamer built. Drawings in The Engineer. [2]

1900s The yard built a tug to move the many ships that came into dry docks at Falmouth Docks. The yard also made three excursion steamers and a passenger ferry.

In 1918 the company was taken over by R. H. Green and Silley Weir

1920s The yard continued making tugs but started to shift its focus towards ship repairing as this was more lucrative. The last ships to be built at the yard were six large Spanish trawlers

1927 Company founded.

1944 Private company.

1961 Automobile seating engineers, tubular steel furniture and auditorium seating manufacturers. Trade Mark "Cox" tubular steel furniture. 1,350 employees.

1977 The yard became a ship repairer within British Shipbuilders and was known as Falmouth Shiprepairers

In 1985 the three dry docks were sold privately and became A. and P. Appledore (Falmouth) Ltd.


The Museum of the Great Western Railway has a brass name plaque 'Cox and Co, engineers, ship-builders and boiler makers, Docks Iron Works, Falmouth'

Is there a connection with Silley Cox and Co?

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Kelly's Directory of Cornwall, 1883
  2. The Engineer of 30th November 1894 p464