Scott Lithgow

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Scott Lithgow was a shipbuilding company based in Port Glasgow and Greenock, Scotland. It was created in 1967 through the merger of the Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company and Lithgows shipyards .


The Geddes Report

From 1968 the concentration recommendations of the Geddes Report were implemented and a merger with Lithgows was decided to create a new corporate structure. One of the first measures was the Scott Lithgow Training Center, opened jointly with Lithgow. On January 1, 1970, Scott Lithgow Limited was founded as an umbrella company, which was 60 percent owned by Scotts. Under the Scott-Lithgow umbrella, in addition to the two independent shipyards Scotts Shipbuilding Co. (1969) and Lithgows (1969), a number of subsidiaries were established:

View of Lithgow's former Glen Shipyard site
View of the former Scotts shipyard
  • Scotts Engineering Co (1969) Ltd
  • Scotts and Sons (Bowling) 1969 Ltd
  • Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) 1969 Ltd
  • Caledonia Joinery Co (1969) Ltd
  • Caledonia Fabrications (1969) Ltd

In 1971 Newark Ferguson Ltd was added as a subsidiary of Ferguson Bros (Port Glasgow) Ltd to provide development tasks. On April 30, 1973, Cowal Engineering Co Ltd and its two subsidiaries, Greenock Engineering Co Ltd and Inchgreen Engineering Co Ltd, were acquired. Inchgreen Engineering was renamed Scott Lithgow (Offshore) Ltd in December 1976 to take over the group's offshore sector. In June 1974 the Ardgowan Shipping Co Ltd and the Blackhall Shipping Co Ltd were established, both of which were transferred to the Furness Withy Group in the course of the financial settlement of two new ships before the actual start of business. Newark Ferguson was sold to Scott Lithgow in 1975 after their propeller shaft seal business had been transferred to Cowal Engineering.

British Shipbuilders Corporation

Scott Lithgow Ltd was nationalized on July 1, 1977 and incorporated into the British Shipbuilders Corporation . Almost four years later, from around April 1981, the reorganization of British Shipbuilders began, with the result that Scott Lithgow was added to the offshore sector and also restructured. In the course of a concentration, the subsidiaries were either incorporated into the parent company, closed (Cowal Engineering) or, like Ferguson Shipbuilders, completely separated from the company.

Trafalgar House

On March 28, 1984, the Scott-Lithgow company and shipyards were sold to Trafalgar House . Legally, Scott Lithgow existed until 1993, when it was deleted from the commercial register analogous to the start of demolition of his last shipyard.