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Charles Connell and Company

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Former type  Private
Fate  Closed
Headquarters  Scotstoun, UK
Ceased operations  1980
Industry  Shipbuilding
Defunct  1980
Founded  1861
Charles Connell and Company
Successor  Scotstoun Marine Ltd (1972–1980)
Parent organizations  Upper Clyde Shipbuilders, Govan Shipbuilders

Charles Connell and Company was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Scotstoun in Glasgow on the River Clyde.



The Company was founded by Charles Connell who had served an apprenticeship with Robert Steele and Co before becoming manager of Alexander Stephen and Sons Kelvinhaugh yard before he started shipbuilding on his own account at Scotstoun in 1861 initially concentrating on sailing ships.

From 1918 the Company became well known for high quality passenger and cargo ships. The yard closed from 1930 to 1937 due to the Great Depression, before rearmament efforts stimulated demand.

In 1968 the yard passed from Connell family ownership after 107 years and became part of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders.

Upper Clyde Shipbuilders continued to operate the Scotstoun yard until 1971 when it collapsed and, from 1972 to 1980 as Scotstoun Marine Ltd, a subsidiary of Govan Shipbuilders.

The Connell shipyard was closed in 1980 after 119 years of shipbuilding. The site was cleared of cranes although some evidence of the building berths remained visible until about 2004. Part of the yard's covered facilities are used by steel stockholders GKN whilst the riverside berth has been used by Motherwell Bridge Engineering for heavy fabrication work.

Ships built

Connells built a total of 516 ships at Scotstoun. They include:

  • Michael Angelo (clipper) (1865) - sailing clipper
  • Taitsing (1865) — sailing clipper
  • Loch Ard (1873) — sailing ship
  • Balclutha (1886) — iron-hulled sailing ship, preserved at the San Francisco Maritime Museum
  • Mersey (1894) — iron-hulled sailing ship
  • SS Knight Errant (1897) - cargo ship
  • SS Saturnia (1910) - passenger steamship
  • Acacia-class sloops HMS Jonquil (1915) and HMS Laburnum (1915)
  • Arabis-class sloops HMS Gladiolus (1915), HMS Godetia (1916) and HMS Hydrangea (1916)
  • P-class sloops HMS P.14 (1916) and HMS P.63 (1916)
  • SS Empire Celia (1943) — MoWT cargo steamship
  • References

    Charles Connell and Company Wikipedia