Records of McKenzie Niven Ltd, sail riggers, Port Glasgow

Scope and Content

This collection comprises the rigging plans of a number of sailing vessels of mixed origin, although largely Glasgow built. It was formerly listed as NRA(S) Survey No.0559, but does not contain all the material found in that earlier survey. Ships built by the following shipbuilders are included in this list:

  • Archibald MacMillan & Son, Dumbarton;
  • A Rodger & Co;
  • Barclay Curle & Co Ltd, Clydeholm Shipyard, Whiteinch, Glasgow;
  • Birrell, Stenhouse & Co;
  • Charles Connell & Co, Scotstoun Yard, Scotstoun, Glasgow;
  • Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co;
  • Grangemouth and Greenock Dockyard Co, Grangemouth, Falkirk;
  • Irvine Shipbuilding Co;
  • Lawrie & Co;
  • Lithgows Ltd;
  • London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Co;
  • Napier, Shanks & Bell, Yoker;
  • Robert Duncan & Co, Brown Street, Glasgow;
  • Russell & Co, Bay Yard, Port Glasgow.

The list has an alphabetical section by ship name at the front. The drawings are arranged by shipbuilder, in alphabetical order, and then by yard number order.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of McKenzie Niven Ltd were operating as sail riggers at Port Glasgow between 1876  and 1941  .


Kept in original order.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mr Richard Mackenzie of G & R Mackenzie, Tarbet Street, Gourock, 1990.

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom and by request. Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 0559).

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures. The collection is likely to remain unaltered.

Custodial History



None expected.

Related Material

GB/NNAF/C121854 Mackenzie Niven Ltd, sail and rigging plans, 1863-1931, collection held privately. Enquiries to NRA(S).

Location of Originals

This material is original.


No known publications using this material.

Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 20 March 2000. Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Victoria Stobo, Retroconversion Catalouging Assistant, 15 May 2012. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 5 July 2012.