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Connell, Scotstoun, United Kingdom

Charles Connell founded his shipyard at Scotstoun in Glasgow in 1861 building high quality sailing ships initially. The yard progressed and in the 1920s built cargo ships for T&J Harrison of Liverpool and Ben Line of Leith to name but two. The yard had to close in the Depression Years from 1930 to 1937.
During the Second World War the yard built many Empire type Standard ships. After the war between 1946 and 1968 they built 62 ships and set many standards for technical and commercial practices taken for granted nowadays. Ships were built for J&J Denholm and 19 for their best customer, Ben Line. They also built for other well known British companies such as P&O and Ellerman and Wilhelmsen of Norway. Their largest ship was the very stylish twin funnelled bulk carrier STONEPOOL for Ropner's of West Hartlepool in 1966.
The changing fortunes of the Clyde yards saw them become the Scotstoun Division of Upper Clyde Shipbuilders in 1968 and on their collapse in 1973 became Scotstoun Marine, a subsidiary of Govan Shipbuilders when a new fitting out quay was built. During this time they built bulk carriers, two attractive reefer ships and 6 Kuwait class large general cargo ships.
The end however was in sight when they became part of British Shipbuilders in 1977 and their last ships were 5 Polish mini bulkers in a controversial order contrived by the British Government. The last of these, WARKA was completed in 1980 when closure took place. The site became a steel stockyard and ironically the new quay for a while was a loading berth for export scrap from closed industrial sites.
Cargo ship Inventor anchored at Mombasa, Kenya Photo of the UK registered cargo vessel Inventor (IMO 5420504), anchored at Mombasa, Kenya in 1972. ...
BENLAWERS Last ship built on the Clyde for Ben Line came from Upper Clyde Shipbuilders' Scotstoun yard, the tr...
LOCH LOMOND The first of two reefers built at the Scotstoun Marine yard, formerly Connell's in Glasgow in 1975 t...
AL MUHARRAQ Another from the Scotstoun Marine yard was this Kuwait Class general cargo liner completed in 1978 t...
INVENTOR cargo gear A look at the heavy lift gear fitted to T&J Harrison's INVENTOR at Glasgow's King George V Dock in M...
INVENTOR outbound A view of her passing Port Glasgow outbound from Glasgow in March 1975. She was built by Charles Co...
BENDEARG 1964 built Charles Connell Ben liner approaching her birthplace on a return visit to Glasgow in 1975...
NORSE HERALD fitting out Cardiff class bulk carrier for Cardigan Shipping fitting out in Glasgow in August 1974. She was buil...
NORSE HERALD departure In September 1974 she departed on her maiden voyage and gained a Reardon Smith liveried funnel for a...
MOUNTPARK Denholm bulk carrier nearing completion in Glasgow in October 1965. Built by Charles Connell she sta...
BENLEDI New fast Ben Line cargo liner fitting out in Glasgow in 1965. Built by Charles Connell she served ti...
CONON FOREST Denholm managed bulker loading steel coils in Glasgow in March 1975. Her birthplace is in the backgr...

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