Welcome to the website we call Leith shipyards, primarily about the shipyard that was Henry Robb shipbuilders. And also about the four previous shipyards that all became the Henry Robb shipyards.
The photograph above shows the last ship to be launched at the LEITH SHIPYARDS of HENRY ROBB in 1983 ending more than 660 years of shipbuilding in the Port.
We also wish to introduce you to an informative website all about shipbuilding, ships and the sea.
For what started out as a blog, now requires a website to do justice to all the fine vessels built in Leith over the years. This site is dedicated to the ships built at the last shipyard, on the River Forth – the Henry Robb shipyard at Leith.
The site is also dedicated to all the men and women who may have worked there or served on any of the 500 or more ships built in Leith at the Henry Robb shipyard. But the story goes back further as the Henry Robb Shipyard ended up as an amalgamation of no less than four previous shipyards and in fact the story of shipbuilding on this small bit of land by the waters edge goes back to the Shipyard of Thomas Morton & Company which started in 1844.
Thomas Morton was the Shipwright responsible for the invention of the "Patent Slipway" (But thats another story)
So look forward to information on the previous shipyards which help to form the long pedigree of the shipbuilders of Henry Robb, from Thomas Morton & Co, to Hawthorn & Co onto Cran & Somerville Shipbuilders and then Ramage & Ferguson Shipbuilders, which combined with Robb's built more than 1,100 ships of all kinds.
Advert for the World's most powerful Salvage Tug launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1976
She just looked the part and now no longer around (scrapped last year)
We would like to hear from you if you have any connection with a Leith shipyard.
All information is welcome; you may have served on one of the ships, we want to hear your story.
We would also appreciate any photographs/drawings of the ships.
We intend with "YOUR HELP" to make this the definitive story of the ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard.
The site is about a shipyard, but we all know each ship has her own history, and of course all of the men and women who sailed on the ship have their stories to tell so, would love to hear from any one who sailed on those ships.
And as this site is run by a shipbuilder, we also intend to create a virtual library (Mould Loft) of some of the fine vessels built, they will be faithful recreations of the vessels, using the original offsets, ship drawings and Lines plans will also be created.
So for all you model makers and interested people keep on coming back, to see what has been added.
Leith Shipyards is the website for all ship enthusiasts.
RSS BRANSFIELD arriving at "Maggie's Ditch" in Antarctica (Photo courtesy of Graeme Hart)
We aim for this website to one of the best and most informative maritime websites on the web, a tall order but with help it shall be the place to visit for anything to do with the sea and ships.
With a particular bias on ships built in Leith shipyards. After all they had been building ships at Leith for more than 600 years before the last shipyard was closed down. (Let us know how we are doing or what you would like to be included on the site)
Remember this is a growing and ongoing site, being updated as time and research permit, so keep checking in to see what's new.
We would also like to bring to your attention the growing Ship Photos page, and a big thank you to all who have contributed to this library of ship photographs which is being continually added to these are your pages so feel free to contribute with any ship photographs you may wish to see on the website.
The Shipbuilders brass plate from the SCOT II (Ship No 184)
An iconic scene at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb with the Rig Supply ship SEAFORTH SOVEREIGN on the berth
While from around 45 years previous the photograph below shows the construction of an as yet un-named ship from 1937 and I can tell you that apart from the 20 ton cranes on the berth (above photograph) not much had changed when you got to building on the berth as regards conditions.
With all the collated information about the Leith shipyards at Henry Robb it has been suggested that there may be scope for a couple of books to be produced about the famous old yard and the ships built there, there may now be two books produced from the Leith Shipyards site, so if you think that you may have an interesting story that could or should be told in print then please send it in to the website for review.