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Millen Brothers

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Shipbuilders and steelwork contractors, Saucel Iron Works, Paisley

1905 Business established in Glasgow by John White Millen and his brother Archibald Hood Millen.

1919 The business was transferred to the Saucel site in Paisley, which had previously housed a brewery. The site operated as a dry-land shipyard, building tugs, light draft vessels, barges and pontoons for shipment and re-erection, as well as steel tanks and chimneys.

1940 Millen Brothers Limited was incorporated as a private company, with capital of £50,000, to acquire and carry on the existing business.[1]

1968 The company ceased trading and went into voluntary liquidation the following year.

1977 The company was finally dissolved.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Scotsman 6 April 1940
  • National Records of Scotland BT2/1977/362
  • Directory of Shipowners, Shipbuilders and Marine Engineers 1955
  • Shipbuilding and Shipping Record October 4 1968
  • Edinburgh Gazette 16 May 1969 p 380
  • Daily Record 28 September 2013