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Shipbuilder: Clelands (Successors) Ltd, Willington Quay (1932 - 1956)

Shipbuilder: Clelands Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Willington Quay (1957 - 1967)

Shipbuilder: Clelands Shipbuilders Ltd, Willington Quay (1967 - 1983)

The Cleland's family business was established at the Willington Slipways in 1866. On the map below the site is between the Tharsis Copper Works and the Tyne Iron Shipbuilding yard. The map is a section from the Ordnance Survey map for 1897

In 1934 the company was purchased for 3,000 by the Craggs family, owners of a similar yard at Goole and the yard was upgraded to allow more building work to be undertaken. The photo below (copyright Newcastle City Libraries) shows the extended yard in 1947 with part of the order for Burmah Oil tank barges arranged on the left.

A new prefabrication shed was built in 1954 and the main slipway was extended in 1957. Also in 1954 a further extension of the yard was built on the site of the former copper works and two 120ft by 40 ft, sideways launching berths, were added. The first broadside launch was the QUEENSGATE in 1954.

The Clelands and Goole yards were sold to Swan Hunter in 1967 and formed part of the group's Small Ships Division. Swan Hunter itself was nationalised on the 1st July 1977 and became part of British Shipbuilders. The above yard plan kindly provided by Paul Hood shows the layout of the yard in 1978. The extreme left of the map is Willington Gut.
The yard eventually closed in 1983.

The following ships were built by the various Clelands companies at Willington Quay:

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
35 1937 Hullgate D / H
36 1938 Mytongate D / H / P
37 1938 Unnamed
46 1938 Anbar (TT) D / H
48 1938 Mihrabad (TT) D / H
51 1940 Collingwood D / H / P
54 1941 Northgate D / H / P
56 1942 Empire Dyke D / H / P
57 1941 Empire Head D / H / P
64 1942 Empire Thistle (TT) D / H / P
65 1942 Empire Piper (TT) D / H / P
66 1943 Empire Sandy (TT) D / H / P
67 1943 Empire John (TT) D / H
68 1944 Empire Winnie (TT) D / H / P
69 1944 Empire Aid (TT) D / H / P
70 1944 Empire Julia (TT) D / H / P
71 1944 Empire Susan (TT) D / H / P
72 1945 Empire Mary (TT) D / H / P
73 1945 Empire Jean (TT) D / H / P
74 1945 Empire Bess (TT) D / H / P
75 1945 Empire Seablue D / H / P
76 1945 Empire Seagreen D / H
77 1946 Killurin D / H
80 1945 Kingstonian
81 1946 Coombe Hill
82 1946 Kadhamah D
83 1946 Kawaikih D
84 1946 C B No 1
85 1946 C B No 2
86 1946 C B No 3
87 1946 C B No 4
88 1946 C B No 5
89 1946 C B No 6
90 1946 C B No 7
91 1946 C B No 8
92 1947 C B No 9
93 1947 C B No 10
94 1947 C B No 11
95 1947 C B No 12
96 1947 C B No 13
97 1947 B O C No 47
98 1947 B O C No 48
99 1946 B O C No 71 D
100 1946 B O C No 72 D
101 1946 B O C No 73 D
102 1946 B O C No 74 D
103 1946 B O C No 75 D
104 1946 B O C No 76 D
105 1947 Clonmore P
106 1947 Mon
107 1947 Yaw
108 1947 Metro (TT) D / H / P
109 1948 Faience D / H / P
110 1948 Gardience D / H / P
111 1949 Chindit (TT) D / H
112 1948 Pluto (TT) D / H
113 1947 C B No 16
114 1947 C B No 17
115 1947 C B No 18
116 1947 C B No 19
117 1948 B O C No 18
118 1948 B O C No 19
119 1948 B O C No 20
120 1948 B O C No 21
121 1948 B O C No 22
122 1948 B O C No 23
123 1948 B O C No 24
124 1948 B O C No 25
125 1948 B O C No 26
126 1948 B O C No 27
127 1948 B O C No 28
128 1948 B O C No 29
129 1949 Kingsgate D / H / P
130 1948 Heil
131 1948 B O C No 70 D
132 1948 B O C No 30
133 1948 B O C No 31
134 1948 B O C No 32
135 1948 B O C No 33
136 1948 B O C No 34
137 1948 B O C No 35
138 1948 B O C No 36
139 1948 B O C No 37
140 1949 B O C No 38 D / P
141 1949 B O C No 39 D / H / P
142 1949 B O C No 40 D / H / P
143 1949 B O C No 41 D / H / P
144 1949 B O C No 42 D / P
146 1949 Halcience D / H / P
147 1950 Slaney D / H / P
148 1950 Bowstar D / H / P
149 1950 S A Wikner D / H / P
150 1951 Kasalong
151 1951 Mahtab
152 1950 Parveen
153 1950 Soraiya
154 1950 Kobodak
155 1950 Kumar
156 1950 Kocha
157 1951 Aqrab
158 1951 Karatoya
159 1951 Zohra
160 1951 Khowai
161 1951 Aftab
162 1950 Kangavar D / H
163 1950 Karkunan D / H
164 1950 Karaj D / H
165 1950 Kalmas D / H
166 1951 Jeladan D / H
167 1951 Jentayu D / H
168 1951 Porto Novo
169 1951 O S C A 1
170 1951 O S C A 2
171 1951 O S C A 3
172 1951 O S C A 4
173 1951 O S C A 5
174 1951 O S C A 6
175 1951 O S C A 7
176 1951 O S C A 8
177 1952 Beverleygate D / H / P
178 1952 Kenweld
179 1952 Keyweld
180 1952 Glitra D / H / P
181 1953 Tana D / H / P
182 1953 Chipchase (TT) D / H / P
183 1953 Quarterman D / H / P
184 1954 Darfeil
185 1954 Nisr
186 1954 Luminence D / H / P
187 1954 Betiri D / H / P
188 1952 A P T No 2
189 1953 Unnamed
190 1954 B P Aden D / H
191 1955 Berguna (TT) D / H / P
193 1955 Shell Welder D / H / P
200 1954 B P Tawahi D / H
201 1954 B P Hedjuff D / H
202 1955 Centricity D / H / P
203 1955 Continuity D / H / P
204 1956 B P Miller D / H / P
205 1956 Shell Roadbuilder D / H / P
206 1955 Gimada D / H
207 1955 Geboso D / H
208 1956 Militence D / H / P
209 1956 Gurubi D / H
210 1956 Nascence D / H / P
211 1955 Apapa Shell
212 1956 Pemeno (TT) D / H / P
214 1957 Heathergate D / H / P
215 1956 Perdiz
216 1956 Calypso
217 1956 Caradoc
218 1956 Curacao
219 1956 Caledon
220 1956 Crecy
221 1956 Cassandra
222 1957 Dorsetbrook D / H / P
223 1958 Somerset Coast D / H / P
224 1958 Petworth D / H / P
225 1958 Pertinence D / H / P
226 1959 Quiescence D / H / P
227 1957 Bazam D / H
228 1957 Buraimi D / H
229 1957 Bashubar D / H
230 1957 Gagoma D / H
231 1957 Gowera D / H
232 1958 Kelani
233 1958 Nilwala
234 1959 Habab (TT) D / H / P
235 1959 Hamasah (TT) D / H / P
236 1958 Nana Lagoon D / H
237 1959 Penal
238 1959 Ortoire
239 1959 Queensgate D / H / P
240 1959 B P 37 D / H
241 1959 B P 38 D / H
242 1960 Osimiri I D / H
243 1961 Triton
244 1960 Muthmirah D / H
245 1960 Humbergate D / H / P
246 1960 Suvretta
247 1960 Barca 152
248 1961 Fairwood II
249 1961 Kylebank D / H / P
250 1961 Cornishbrook D / H / P
251 1960 Unnamed bombing target
252 1960 Aridhah D / H
253 1961 Marco Polo
254 1962 Marchon Enterprise D / H / P
255 1962 Marchon Venturer D / H / P
257 1963 Penelope Everard D / H / P
258 1963 Chesterbrook D / H / P
259 1963 Gillian Everard D / H / P
260 1964 Rosemary Everard D / H / P
263 1962 Hamilah D / H
264 1962 G W 57
265 1962 G W 60
266 1963 Al Ghawas
267 1963 G W 70
268 1963 G W 71
269 1963 Swazi Coast D / H / P
270 1963 G W 73
271 1963 G W 76
272 1963 G W 75
273 1964 Corkbrook D / H / P
274 1964 Caernarvonbrook D / H / P
275 1964 Lady Serena D / H / P
276 1964 Clarebrook D / H / P
277 1965 Glanton D / H / P
278 1965 Irishgate D / H / P
279 1966 G W 102
280 1965 Ben Veg D / H / P
281 1964 Sea Island I
282 1965 Rattray Head D / H / P
283 1965 Manione
284 1964 G W 90
285 1964 G W 91
286 1965 Wimbrown One D / H / P
287 1966 Ethel Everard D / H / P
288 1965 Manitwo
289 1966 Actuality D / H / P
290 1966 Wimbrown Three D / H / P
291 1965 Magnus
292 1967 Apricity D / H / P
293 1967 Wheelsman D / H / P
294 1967 Suvretta II
295 1967 Henriette Retzlaff D / H / P
296 1967 Portal
297 1968 Andy Mitchell (TT) D / H / P
298 1968 Manithree
299 1968 Manifour
300 1968 Futurity D / H / P
301 1968 Tower Venture D / H / P
302 1969 Tower Princess D / H / P
303 1968 Tower Conquest D / H / P
304 1968 Formality D / H / P
305 1969 Tower Duchess D / H / P
306 1969 Helice D / H / P
307 1968 G W 135
308 1968 Unnamed pontoon
309 1970 Thuntank 6 D / H / P
311 1969 Wilks D / H / P
312 1969 Manifive
313 1969 Manisix
314 1970 Chiltern Prince D / H / P
315 1970 Mendip Prince D / H / P
316 1970 Cotswold Prince D / H / P
317 1971 Gavina D / H / P
318 1971 Luneda D / H / P
319 1971 Torrent D / H / P
320 1972 Torrid D / H / P
321 1972 Suavity D / H / P
322 1972 Jacinta D / H / P
323 1973 Cordella D / H / P
324 1970 G W 184
325 1973 Northella D / H / P
326 1973 Glen Moriston D / H / P
327 1974 Glen Carron D / H / P
328 1974 Mairi Everard D / H / P
329 1974 Sand Serin D / H / P
330 1975 Arctic Challenger D / H / P
331 1975 Arctic Riever D / H / P
332 1975 Junella D / H / P
333 1976 Ettrick D / H / P
334 1976 Eildon D / H / P
335 1976 Kindrence D / H / P
336 1977 Luminence D / H / P
337 1977 Throsk D / H / P
338 1977 Birling D / H / P
339 1978 Emerald D / H / P
340 1978 Aldrington
341 1979 Ashington
342 1978 Militence D / H / P
343 1978 Nascence D / H
344 1979 Magnet D / H / P
345 1980 Lodestone D / H / P
346 1980 1710 (U) P
347 1980 1711 (U)
348 1980 1712 (U)
349 1980 1713 (U) H / P
350 1980 1714 (U)
351 1980 1715 (U) P
352 1980 1515 (F)
353 1980 1907 (TC)
354 1981 Harting D / H / P
355 1981 Shell Marketer D / H / P
356 1982 Shell Technician D / H / P
357 1982 Suffolk Prince D / H / P
358 1982 Suffolk Princess D / H / P
359 1983 Cambridge Service D / H / P
360 1983 Norwich Service D / H / P
361 1983 Steyning D / H / P
362 1984 Blyth Progress
572 1972 Farnella D / H / P
576 1973 Fyldea D / H / P