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Thomas Morton

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Thomas Morton (1781-1832) of Leith

1818 He invented the patent slip as a cheaper alternative to a dry dock for ship repair. It consisted of an inclined plane, which extended well into the water and wooden cradle onto which a ship was floated. The ship was then attached to the cradle and hauled out of the water up the slip.

1834 Death. 'At Inverness, of malignant cholera, on the 30th ult. Mr Thomas Morton, jun. civil engineer, Edinburgh, second son of Baillie Morton of Kilmarnock.'[1]


In 1912, Hawthorns and Co acquired the shipyard of Thomas Morton and Co which lay adjacent to the yard of Ramage and Ferguson.

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Sources of Information

  1. Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 22 October 1834