Dunlop, Bremner & Co.

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dunlop, Bremner & Co. was a shipyard in Port Glasgow on the Clyde in Scotland . It existed, under changing names, from 1871 to 1926.


In 1871 David John Dunlop and James L. Cunliffe formed a partnership, bought the "Inch Yard" shipyard in Port Glasgow from Lawrence Hill and now operated it under the company name "Cunliffe & Dunlop". Both partners had their experience in shipbuilding at the Fairfield shipyard of John Elder at Govan purchased. Dunlop was the lead partner. Born in Mexico City in 1838 as the son of a businessman, he was sent to Glasgow to train as an engineer . After several years of experience in locomotive construction, he assisted John Elder in building his new shipyard in Govan in 1868. When Elder died in 1869, Dunlop left the shipyard and looked for a way to build a ship on its own.

Initially, Cunliffe & Dunlop built mostly flat-going ships, but they also became known for building several cable layers , including the 624 BRT Retriever completed in 1878 . Cunliffe left the partnership in 1881 and Dunlop continued to run the shipyard alone as "David J. Dunlop & Co." until his death in 1911. During this time, more than 100 ships of different types were built, with the Inch Yard becoming known in particular for the construction of large tankers for British, German and American petroleum companies that began in 1889 .

After Dunlop's death, Donald Bremner took over the Inch Yard and operated it under the name "Dunlop, Bremner & Co." The shipyard built passenger and cargo ships , tankers and cable layers, side and stern wheel steamers . In addition to building and repairing ships, the company also manufactured steam boilers and steam engines. During the First World War were for the Royal Navy three sloops of the Flower-class , six Doppelschrauben- minesweepers of the Hunt-class, four-side wheel minesweeper Racecourse class for the offshore service and a number of Light .

In 1919 the shipyard was bought by Lithgows , but continued to operate under its own name until it had to be closed in 1926 due to a lack of orders. At that time, the shipyard had six slipways for ships up to 135 m in length and a harbor basin with the equipment quay. In total, more than 300 ships were built. In 1933 the entire, almost four hectare facility was bought by National Shipbuilders Security Ltd., with a contractual clause that no longer allowed shipbuilding there for the next 40 years.


  1. ^ Retriever, at Scottish Built Ships
  2. ^ HMS Marguerite (1915), HMS Veronica (1915) and HMS Mignonette (1916).
  3. ^ HMS Dartmoor (1917), HMS Garth (1917), HMS Fareham (1918), HMS Faversham (1918), HMS Fleetwood (1918) and HMS Filey (1919).
  4. ^ HMS Haldon (1916), HMS Hurst (1916), HMS Sandown (1916) and HMS Shincliffe (1918). A fifth boat, Shirley , was built and sold as a ferry after the war ended .
  5. National Shipbuilders Security was a semi-public company founded in 1930 to close shipyards.

Web links


  • Norman L. Middlemiss: British Shipbuilding Yards; Vol. 2: Clydeside. Shield Publications, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1994, paperback, ISBN 1-87112-811-0