Charles Connell and Company

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Charles Connell and Company
Industry Shipbuilding
Fate Closed
Successor Scotstoun Marine Ltd (1972–80)
Founded 1861
Defunct 1980
Headquarters Scotstoun, Glasgow, Scotland
Parent Upper Clyde Shipbuilders (1968–71)
Govan Shipbuilders (1972–80)

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.[1]

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.[2]

Upper Clyde Shipbuilders continued to operate the Scotstoun yard until 1971 when it collapsed[3] 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[4] for heavy fabrication work.

Ships built

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


  1. ^ Royal Commission on Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland
  2. ^ Government's shipbuilding crisis BBC News, 1 January 2002
  3. ^ Parliamentary debates Hansard, 4 June 1971
  4. ^ Motherwell Bridge Engineering
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]

External links

  • The Clyde-built ships data base – lists over 22,000 ships built on the Clyde

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