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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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The local well know Leith Shipping Line only ordered three ships from the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb, this was the MV GOTHLAND built in 1932, MV EDINA built in 1939 just one month after the start of the Second World War, and the last ship built for the line was the MV ZEALAND built in 1954.

 The Currie Line Flag sent into the website by Peter Wallace who's Grand Father was a Forman Loftsman in the Henry Robb Shipyards for many years and is shown here by kind permission.

Not many orders from the local company then, although James Currie did lease the first bit of land for the Henry Robb Shipbuilders to start building ships on in 1924.

They did however order a lot of ships from the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee a famous old yard that was eventually to be merged/taken over by the firm of Henry Robb and was then re-named as Robb Caledon Shipbuilders in 1968




The MV ZEALAND was a smart looking small passenger cargo ship.


 I give below a list of ships from the LHHSPC which John Thorburn served on as captain. I don't know if any of these were built in Leith.

Leith, Hull and Hamburg Shipping Line (Currie Line)
John Thorburn was born 11 Nov 1867, Leith and died 29 February 1936 in Edinburgh.
His nephew John Thorburn Gilroy was master of the Rhineland which was sunk by a German U Boat on 21 September 1941 with the loss of all hands.
Master on:
Garibaldi from 6.8.17 to 27.11.18
Berlin from 23.1.19 to 21.3.19
Then was 1st mate on Weimar from 23.4.19 to 16.4.20
Then master on Stettin from 17.4.20

Stettin from 17.4.20 to 17.4.22
Stettin from 11.7.22 to 3.9.23
Odin from 4.9.23 to 16.11.25
Weimar from 17.11.25 to 30.4.29
Weimar from 13.5.29 to 15.3.30
Wemar from 3.4.30 to 4.4.31 and then on holiday from 5.4.31
Weimar from 27.4.31 to 29.3.32
Weimar from 13.4.32 to 3.5.33
Weimar from 15.4.33 to 4.11.33
Gothland from 6.11.33 to 7.4.34
Gothland from 20.4.34 to 24.11.35

(Taken from LHHSPC records)


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