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1853 the Mary Stenhouse, a sailing ship of 1289 tons register, was laid down; she was launched in 1854.
In the next few years Messrs. Hickson built four sailing ships, two screw steamers, and a tug.
1858 Edward Harland bought the yard and renamed the business Edward James Harland and Company; he also acquired the adjacent Belfast Shipbuilding Co for the building of wooden vessels.