The History of Glasgow's Shipyards
Shipbuilding archives can include plans, photographs, technical data, company minutes and cost books. Personnel records are less likely to have survived, which means tracing ancestors using these records can be difficult.
Our records are arranged according to shipbuilding company. The main collections we hold are:
• Ardrossan Dockyard Ltd
• Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd
• George Brown & Co (Marine) Ltd
• Charles Connell & Co Ltd
• Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd
• A&J Inglis Ltd
• John G Kincaid & Co Ltd
• Hugh McLean & Sons Ltd
• Langmuir Collection, Clyde Paddlesteamers
If you are interested in locating plans and photographs of a particular ship, but do not know who built it, we hold a Clyde-built Ship Index.
Ralston were a firm of marine photographers commissioned by the Clyde-based shipbuilding firms. In many cases, the photographs they took were never returned to the customers and therefore this collection contains a vast array of photographs. If you are interested in a particular Clyde-built ship, it may be worth checking the Ralston collection for photographs, even if the firm's records are deposited elsewhere.
Glasgow University Archives also hold substantial shipbuilding records.
For further information on shipbuilding records, see L A Ritchie's "The Shipbuilding Industry: A Guide to Historical Records" (Manchester University Press, 1992).