Scope and Content

Records of J. Crichton & Co., Ltd., Saltney Shipyard, 1912-[c. 1930], consisting mostly of photographs of vessels constructed at the shipyard.

Administrative / Biographical History

J. Crichton & Co. Ltd was a shipbuilding company, based in Saltney, Flintshire, during the early 20th century. It was established in 1913 by James Crichton (1885-1932), on the banks of the River Dee, on the outskirts of the city of Chester. Initially it operated as a subsidiary of C. & H. Crichton, the ship repair business owned by Charles Crichton, the father of James Crichton. From 1915, J. Crichton & Company Limited was registered as an independent company. In 1918, the company acquired another shipyard, at Connah's Quay, Flintshire, which increased its shipbuilding capacity. The company built many kinds of vessel, including tugs, barges, ferries, lightships and launches. The Saltney Yard closed in 1935, due to economic problems and overcapacity in shipyards.


Arranged into the following groups: Group One, photograph albums and newscutting book; and Group Two, photographs.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Parts deposited by Mr J. L. Bennett, Connah's Quay, Flintshire, 1972; and purchased from R. I. Heyes & Associates, Hoole, Cheshire, 1989.


Please order documents using the alternative reference number (where provided).

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Flintshire Record Office.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at and purchased by Flintshire Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Further material is Flintshire Record Office, PH/58, Saltney Shipyard photographs.

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