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J. Crichton and Co

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Little is known about this yard, which was based at Connah's Quay, Deeside, North Wales. The yard built stern-wheelers, coasters, tugs, and yachts. It closed during the Depression of the early 1930s.

J. Crichton & Co. Ltd was a shipbuilding company, based in Saltney, Flintshire, during the early 20th century.

It was established in 1913 by James Crichton (1885-1932), on the banks of the River Dee, on the outskirts of the city of Chester. Initially it operated as a subsidiary of C. and H. Crichton, the ship repair business owned by Charles Crichton, the father of James Crichton.

From 1915, J. Crichton & Company Limited was registered as an independent company.

In 1918, the company acquired another shipyard, at Connah's Quay, Flintshire, which increased its shipbuilding capacity. The company built many kinds of vessel, including tugs, barges, ferries, lightships and launches.

The Saltney Yard closed in 1935, due to economic problems and overcapacity in shipyards.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • L. A. Ritchie, The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records (1992)
  • British Shipbuilding Yards. 3 vols by Norman L. Middlemiss
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