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Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders)

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1944. HMS Destroyer Quilliam.
1946. HMS Destroyer Armada.
1951. HMS Agincourt Battle Class Destroyer.
1955. "Border Fusilier."
1959. "HMS Llandaff". Aircraft Direction Frigate.

Hawthorn Leslie (Shipbuilders) Ltd, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1937 The locomotive production side of R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co was bought by Robert Stephenson and Co, becoming Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns.

1954 Private company.

1961 Shipbuilders and repairers, specialising in passenger and cargo liners, refrigerated dry cargo and ore carrying vessels, oil tankers and warships. 2,200 employees.

1961 Engaged as marine engineers and ship builders. [1]

1967 The Geddes report recommended the rationalisation of Tyneside shipbuilding into a regional group. The five yards on the river: Wallsend and Neptune (Swan Hunter), Hawthorn Leslie, Walker Naval Yard (of Vickers-Armstrongs) and Readhead shipyards merged into Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders. This was effective from 1st January 1968.

1977 Hawthorn Leslie was subsumed by British Shipbuilders.

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