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Scott and Co

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1903. SS Narragansett.
1904. Engines of HMS Prince of Wales.
1904. Armoured cruiser Argyle on the stocks.

Scott and Co were shipbuilders at Cartsdyke, on the Clyde.

1851 Charles Scott, after a dispute with his brother John, set up his own business Scott and Co

1852 After completing his apprenticeship, John Scott IV, eldest son of Charles Scott, became a partner. Later his brother Robert Sinclair Scott also joined the business.

1861 There were 871 employees[1]

1862 The Greenock yard was sold, partly to Caird and Co and partly to McNab and Co of Greenock

1865 See 1865 Clyde Shipbuilders for detail of the tonnage produced

1866 Launched a screw steam ship named Achilles [2]

1866 Sequestration of the estates of Scott and Company, Shipbuilders in Greenock, and Charles Cunninghame Scott, Shipbuilder in Greenock, and John Scott, youngest, Shipbuilder, the Individual Partners of that Company, as partners, and as Individuals, and the said John Scott, youngest, as an Individual Partner of the Company, carrying on business in Greenock, as Engineers and Iron Founders, under the firm of the Greenock Foundry Company[3]

1880s Throughout the 1800s, a number of steamers were made for different companies. Scotts' were also technical advisers to John Swire and became involved with major construction work for Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering Co. in Hong Kong. This advisory relationship between Scotts' and Swire lasted until the 1880s.

1889 See 1889 Shipbuilding Statistics for detail of the tonnage produced.

Scott and Co became a limited liability company. The business consisted of four elements - the three shipbuilding yards and the engine works.

1900 Shipbuilders [4]

1904 The Trustees of the deceased John Scott, C.B. and Robert Sinclair Scott were the sole Partners in Scott and Co, shipbuilders and engineers, and Greenock Foundry Co, engineers and iron founders, when these businesses were sold to Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Co and subsequently the partnerships were dissolved[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1861 census
  2. The Engineer 1866/04/27 p313
  3. London Gazette 7 December 1866
  4. The Engineer 1900/03/23 p306
  5. The Edinburgh Gazette 10 May 1904