Records of Aberdeen Trawlowners and Traders Engineering Company Ltd.

Scope and Content

This collection comprises business records of the company for the period 1900 - 1971. It contains a full series of both minutes and annual reports, 1900 - 1971, and register of Directors' holdings, 1948 - 1963. There are no ancillary records.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Aberdeen Trawlowners and Traders Engineering Company Ltd was incorporated on 23 Feb 1901, and began trading from leased premises at Albert Quay, Aberdeen Harbour, in the summer of that year. The company was still operating from Albert Quay in Sept 1971. By 1986 it had become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lyle Offshore Group.

The company was formed by a group of Aberdeen businessmen, each of whom already had established interests in fishing and related industries. Their timing was opportune, for Aberdeen Harbour was growing rapidly at this time, and the development of an engineering works was clearly a much-needed commodity, which would benefit both themselves and other traders working there. The first board of directors were John Thomson of Aberdeen University Press Ltd., Baillie Robert Henderson D.L., Chairman of the Ross Steam Trawl Co., William McIvor, retired Chief Builder at H.M. Dockyard, Calcutta, Archibald McKenzie, J.P., Merchant, and David Sherrit, Engineer and Trawl Owner, Sheddocksley, Aberdeenshire.

The chief objective set by the company in its Memorandum and Articles of Association was to establish and carry on at any place or places within the United Kingdom, the business and undertaking of Marine and General Engineering in its several branches and departments including ship-building and repairing, boilermaking, blacksmith, carpenter and millwright work (GB 231 MS3248/1). They also set their sights upon any ancillary trade .. connected with or incidental to the building and repairing of steam vessels to be used for trawl fishing or other purposes, the building and fitting up of steam engines and refrigerating, electrical, or other machinery, and the manufacture and repair of ropes, chains nets and other implements and gearing required for the operations of trawl fishing or otherwise (GB 231 MS3248/1).


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University in 1986, by A.W. Sinclair, Managing Director of Lyle Offshore Group, of which the Aberdeen Trawlowners and Traders Engineering Company is a wholly owned subsidiary.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen. Contents of this list are searchable on-line at , via the Historic Collections database. A copy of this list (reference NRA 21662) is also available at the Historical Manuscripts Commission, Quality House, Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London, WC2A IHP.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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