- Ledgers 1959-1960
- Financial papers 1959-1970
- Board and administrative papers 1959-1975
- Estimates and enquiries: working papers 1959-1964
- Production records 1959-1965
- Financial records 1895-1967
- Photographs 1959-1971
- Ship plans nos 1160-1176
Records of Simons-Lobnitz Ltd, shipbuilders, Renfrew, Renfrewshire, Scotland
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- ReferenceGB 248 UGD 215 : GB 0248 UGD 356 : GB 0248 UGD 130/4 : GB 0248 UCS 004
- Dates of Creation1959-1975
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description15.7 metresThere are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Simons-Lobnitz Ltd was established in 1959 when G & J Weir Holdings Ltd , pump manufacturers, Glasgow, took over Lobnitz & Co Ltd , shipbuilders, Renfrew, Scotland, and merged it with William Simons & Co Ltd , ship and dredger builders, Renfrew, Scotland, which had been acquired by G & J Weir Ltd in 1957.
The announcement at the end of 1962 indicating that the Renfrew shipyards would close and that the activities of the company would be taken over by Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd came as a surprise when the yard was operating not far short of peak production, although the company was operating at large losses until all work ceased at Renfrew.
Although it had been intended to close the yards by July 1963 this target was not achieved, largely due to labour disputes. The works, other than the smithy site and associated buildings were purchased by Thos W Ward Ltd , Engineers, Sheffied, England, on 31 August 1963 . The sales included the site of almost 50 acres, together with a wet dock and 2000 feet of river frontage, 40,000 square feet of industrial buildings and in excess of 1000 items of plant and machinery.
The final launch from Renfrew took place on 27 December 1963 when Hopper Barge no. 3 was put into the water under the supervision of Alexander Stephen & Sons Ltd . All activity ceased following the trials of that vessel and her departure on delivery to Calcutta, India, at the close of April 1964.
This material is arranged into series, which consist of numbers of items related by function and/or format. Within series, the items are generally arranged chronologically.
These records exist as part of the larger Simons-Lobnitz Ltd archive, finding aid UCS 004.
Requests for access for legal, business or commercial purposes must be referred to the Keeper of the Records of Scotland (UCS 004 only).
Open (UGD 215 and UGD 356 only).
National Archives of Scotland: 1974 (UCS 004 only)
Held under the charge and superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland
Other Finding Aids
A single bound finding aid for the records of William Simons & Co Ltd, Lobnitz & Co Ltd, and Simons-Lobnitz Ltd is available in the searchroom (UCS 004).
Digital file level list available in searchroom (UGD 215 only).
Manual file level list available in searchroom (UCS 004 and UGD 356 only).
Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in London (NRA14659) (UCS 004 only).
Manual file level list available at the National Register of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2504) (UGD 215 only)
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Conditions Governing Use
See separate copyright regulations (UCS 004 only).
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist (UGD 215 and UGD 356 only).
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents (UGD 215 and UGD 356 only).
This material has been appraised in line with national Archives of Scotland procedures
Records held by Simons-Lobnitz Ltd prior to acquisition by the National Archives of Scotland
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
The fonds level of description was compiled by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 3 April 2000
Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 19 October 2001
Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Arcvhivist, 29 April 2002