Records of Bow McLachlan & Co Ltd, shipbuilders, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Catalogue of ships, early 20th century
  • Plans of Thistle Works, Paisley, 1928
  • 'Flying Eagle' plans 1929

Administrative / Biographical History

William Bow and John McLachlan established the firm of Bow McLachlan & Co in 1872  at Abbotsinch, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Initially manufacturers of steering gear and light marine engines, the business turned to shipbuilding, following the acquisition of the Thistle Works, Paisley, Renfrewshire, in 1900  . Their specialisation at this point was the manufacture of vessels supplied in kit form. In the same year the firm was incorporated as Bow McLachlan & Co Ltd , but went into voluntary liquidation in 1920  . At this time the assets of the company were taken over by a new company, also called Bow McLachlan & Co Ltd , which itself went into voluntary liquidation in 1932  . The Thistle Works were purchased by National Shipbuilders Security Ltd, London.


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GB 248 UGD 339 Records of National Shipbuilders Security Ltd

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