Scope and Content

Records of J. Crichton & Co., Ltd., Saltney Shipyard, 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 due to economic problems and overcapacity in shipyards.


Arranged into the following: photograph albums and newscutting book

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Usual Copyright Restrictions 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, D-DM/1053 and also PH/58, Saltney Shipyard photographs.

Geographical Names