Hawthorns, Leith

Hawthorns, Leith

In 1857 the ‘Cape Town Railway and Dock Company’ obtained the permission of the Cape Government to build railways from Cape Town to Wellington and Wynberg. In 1859 this locomotive made by Hawthorns & Co Leith Engine Works in Scotland, arrived in South Africa together with its driver, William Dabbs. When the conversion to the narrower gauge was completed in 1881, the period of service of Blackie and of its driver came to an end. Proclaimed a national monument in 1936.Hawthorns Leith_Blackie 0-4-2

Hawthorn’s Shipyard

“R&W. Hawthorn & Co were an old established locomotive building firm of   of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Leith Engineering Works, Sheriff Brae, Leith were bought by R&W Hawthorn & Co from James B. Maxton & Co, to set up a works  to build railway locomotives in Scotland.

1860

By 1860 they were building marine engines and boilers under the name of Hawthorns & Co.

A number of small ships were built at their Granton yard . They were the first company on  the east of Scotland to lengthen vessels ( 1860/70’s) at the slipway at Granton.

1886

Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd was established in 1886, acquiring the businesses of Hawthorn & Co  and Andrew Leslie & Co.

1912

In 1912, Hawthorns & Co acquired the shipyard of Thomas Morton & Co which lay adjacent to Ramage & Ferguson’s yard.

1924

The whole site ( including Hawthorns, Ramage & Ferguson and Cran & Somerville)  was, in 1924, acquired by Henry Robb Ltd., and named ‘Victoria Shipyards’.

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One response to “Hawthorns, Leith

  1. I’ve just started a blog tonight on Henry Robb’s, perhaps we could link to one another.

    :o)
    Ruth

    http://www.henryrobb.wordpress.com

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