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A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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This list is going to begin with the very first ship that the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb built and it was given the Ship number 16.
She was called WESTMERE and she was a small harbour tug ordered by Bromports Company Ltd. In time we hope to show a photograph of her and also we hope to recreate the ship using computer aided design (CAD).

The next ship in the list is a ship that was in fact built twice, the first time being in the Dublin Shipyards in Ireland, and the next time she was built after being stripped down and re-assembled at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb. The M.V.PORT WAIKATO  Ship No 113, was ordered by A.F.Watchling of New Zealand and her somewhat fortunate building in Leith led to an opening into the very lucrative New Zealand Shipping market for the Henry Robb shipyard.



The ship Port Waikato, [ca 2 October 1951] from a photograph taken by an evening post photographer and now in the Alexander Turnbull Library (New Zealand)

 The Ocean Going Salvage Tug SATURNO Ship No 81 really this first of the large twin screw tugs built by the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd, a line that continued through some very fine tugs right up to the largest and mightiest in the world at the time, they could all be traced back to the SATURNO.


SATURNO ready for launching in 1928 in this original photograph sent in to the website by the Grand Son of an ex Foreman Loftsman at the yard William Wallace his Grand Son (Peter Wallace)has supplied a lot of information on this amazing old ship which had a usful working life of more than 75 years.


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Info on SATURNO will be continued.

Another famous ship that worked "Down Under" SS SOUTH STEYNE Ship No 267 is still a fixture in Sydney's Darling Harbour where she is now being used as a floating restaurant, and still wrongly described on the boards in front of her gangway as being built in Scotland on the Clyde?



This ship is a superb example of a steam powered double ended ferry, with some of the finest hull plate work to be seen on any ship. 





To be continued.


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