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Meadowside Shipyard

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Meadowside Shipyard

An aerial view of the River Clyde c 1930 looking downriver from D & W Henderson's Meadowside Shipyard (bottom centre). The Fairfield Shipyard is on the left, opposite Meadowside Quay and the Meadowside Granary. There is a ferry at either side of the crossing just west of Govan Pier. Castlebank Street running into South Street pass along the north bank of the river, beside the old Lanarkshire & Dumbartonshire Railway line. In the distance are Barclay, Curle & Co's Clydesholm Shipyard and Alexander Stephen & Sons' Linthouse Shipyard.

Meadowside Shipyard was originally developed by Tod & MacGregor. David and William Henderson, who owned a marine engineering works in Finnieston, bought the yard in 1873. The Henderson brothers were also partners in the Anchor Line, for whom they built thirty-two ships between 1876 and 1911, as well as undertaking considerable repair work. Another regular customer was the Liverpool firm of Lamport & Holt, which placed orders for nineteen ships. They also built prestigious racing yachts, including Britannia for the Prince of Wales in 1893.

Harland & Wolff bought the ordinary shares of D & W Henderson in 1917 and took over the management in 1919. The firm launched its last ship in 1935, after which it ceased trading.

Reference: P554

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

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