In 1816, the engineering firm of Reid & Hanna was established at Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland . In 1851, James Donald became a partner and the name was changed to Hanna & Donald . Donald's younger brother, William, was the shipbuilder in the firm of Donald & MacFarlane, later Donald & Co, Glasgow. That business failed in 1868 and Hanna & Donald acquired their Atlas works in Paisley. The same year saw the company commence its shipbuilding operations along with the Abercorn Shipbuilding Co , Paisley..
In 1870 the business changed its name to Hanna, Donald & Wilson . The company was based at the Abercorn Foundry & Abbey Works, Paisley . Operating from a landlocked site, the shipbuilding side of the company specialised in sectional boats for inland waters, which were reassembled on delivery. The company also built high speed naval vessels for the Greek and British Navy and other shallow vessels as well as operating as gas and water engineers, iron founders, bridge and boiler makers. Other contracts included Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Scotland; St Enoch Station, Glasgow, Scotland; and the Cumberland & Westmorland Railway. Civil and mechanical engineering works were supplied to many European and far eastern countries as well as to Canada and Australia. It appears that the two companies were wound up in the 1910s , with the Abercorn ship yard being sold in 1920.
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