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Leith Shipyards

A history of the Ships built at the Henry Robb Shipyard in Leith, Scotland. Also a testimony to the men who built the Ships and to all who sailed in them.
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This website has been set up and is run by a shipbuilder, and it is hoped that you the reader will also contribute to the site as well, as this site is and will always be a growing website. There will be mistakes, of course but you can make sure that the majority of information is correct and up to date, by getting in touch and it will be corrected.
This is a big project so bear with us and keep on visiting to see what's new and been added, and remember that the site is only starting for now.

A short word on any information sent to us including e-mail addresses. All information is treated with the utmost confidence and your e-mail will never be sold on by us,

To be continued.

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0 #9 Kristin Haaland 2017-10-31 13:55
Trying to get in contact with you, but it seems to be something wrong with the “Contact Us” form. Do you have an e-mail address that can be used instead?
0 #8 Gert L. 2016-08-24 15:00
Thank you for all this information. Working with modern CAD systems I was looking for information about the background, the history, of surface modeling. This is great. I knew it must have been something like this, but I have never seen it before. But working on a loft like this, these loftsman. Now we are glad to have a 27 inch monitor....

-1 #7 Roy Stokes 2015-10-26 19:35
Dear Administrator,
I have reference to a diving bell lighter built for the Howth Harbour Commissionaire' s (Dublin) in 1816c. The lighter may have been called 'The Bell', and was said to have been completed by Robert Morton. Is there any connection to the Mortons at Leith. If so, is there any description, drawing, or image of the lighter. It would also appear to have had a steam driven crane?
+1 #6 Bill Alexander 2014-04-20 11:37
Very interested in your comments about Robert Innes Shipbuilder. My great grandfather Thomas T Alexander was apprenticed (I think from 1859) there and my son was given the papers only last month. He lives in Johannesburg so not ready access to document, but have emailed him for confirmation that it was that date.

We also believe from research that the yard originally belonged to John Sime who we believe has a connection to our family through various relatives in Anstruther

We also believe Robert Innes's Will is online Scotlands People.

I have photos of TT Alexander with a group of friends on ship at Leith late 1800's
Happy to exchange info on this Leith shipbuilding forum
+2 #5 kate deans 2013-10-07 08:40
I have a certificate of indenture, from 1814, which is signed by Thomas Morton, for my ancestor Robert McMillan Innes. Robert later opened his own yard in Leith in the 1830s I am fascinated to read the history of Morton and very interested that it eventually became Henry Robb. Thank you for your interesting website. If anyone reading this can point me towards any further information on the 4year apprenticeship served in the early 19th century I would be most grateful
+1 #4 Liz Milne 2013-09-20 00:51
I came across your website while looking for articles about Smith's Dock, South Bank as my late father worked there for 29 years and was touched to see that it was the first you mentioned in your piece about worldwide shipbuilders!
+1 #3 Steve Heward 2013-05-14 04:52
I am building a model of the M V British coast Length 63" to be powered with twin 12 volt motors. I would be grateful for any info so as to get as many details of the ship in the right perspective.
+4 #2 mike widdowson 2013-04-02 21:06
i worked in robbs from 1975-1984 also took part in the occupation of the yard in its last weeks.i was a shipright along with barry booth who has put some photos on here im the one with the bright red hair, that was in my david bowie days ha ha have so many memories of robbs my dad worked there too as a platers helper for many years i have a few photos too which i will be sending in this is a great website for all who worked in robbs and to remember those great days......
+2 #1 Philip Forrest 2012-02-12 16:27
Just came across your site. Cannot wait for plans to arrive.
My late father served on HMS Ness in 1942 and am looking to make a model of it

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