Records of the Gourock-Bridport Ltd, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Montreal, Canada

Scope and Content

  • Financial records 1943-1963;
  • Minutes 1958-1966;
  • Correspondence 1940-1968;
  • Defence finance regulations file 1942-1944;
  • Warehouse and financial matters file 1942-1944;
  • Secretary's files 1959-1962;
  • Sales files 1963-1965;

Administrative / Biographical History

A branch of the  Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd, rope makers and textile manufacturers, Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, Scotland, was established in Montreal, Canada, in  1903  to trade with the fishing industry in ropes and nets and with the shipping industry in ropes, awning and lifeboat covers. Following the appointment of a commercial traveller, who spoke fluent French as well as English and served the company for 42 years, the company became established as a major supplier of fishing nets and ropes in Canada. The company's main business continued to be with the fishing industry and during the 1939-1945 war became the chief manufacturing unit for the Gourock group in Canada when export of goods from the Scottish branches became impossible. During the war a sail loft was set up in Halifax, Canada, which worked continually between  1941 and 1946 .

In  March 1949 , the directors of the company decided to associate themselves with Bridport Industries Ltd, manufacturers of fishing lines and nets, Bridport, Dorset, England. They formed a new company in Canada, in  1950, namely  Gourock-Bridport Ltd, that operated as a subsidiary of Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd and took on the business of the Canadian branches. The company appears to have ceased trading in the late  1960s  .

GB 248 UGD 42/11/8/3 The Gourock. Brochure (1954)


Generally arranged chronologically within record series.

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Acquisition Information

Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd : Port Glasgow : c.1971

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This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

The bulk of this material was received directly from the creator by the Economic History Department, Glasgow University in c1971. Management of the collection transferred to Glasgow University Archives in 1975.


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 42 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

The Gourock Ropeworks Co had a number of subsidiary companies whose records survive:

GB 248 UGD 42/6/1 Records of Govan Ropeworks Co Ltd

GB 248 UGD 42/6/2 Records of Archibald Thomson Black & Co

GB 248 UGD 42/6/3 Records of Gourock Ropeworks Export Co

GB 248 UGD 42/6/5 Records of Greenock Ropework Co

GB 248 UGD 42/6/6 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas (Africa) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 42/6/7 Records of Gourock Ropes and Canvas Co Ltd, Australia (including Birkmyre Canvas Co Pty Ltd)

GB 248 UGD 42/6/8 Records of Birkmyre Brothers (Calcutta) Ltd

GB 248 UGD 42/6/9 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, New Zealand

GB 248 UGD 42/6/10 Records of Gourock Ropes & Canvas Ltd, Argentina

GB 248 UGD 42/6/12 Records of miscellaneous companies related to the Gourock Ropeworks Co Ltd

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