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Shipbuilder: Greenock Dockyard Co (Gateshead) Ltd (1963 - 1963)

T Mitchison Ltd at Friar's Goose, Gateshead, had three stern trawlers under construction for British & Commonwealth Group company Seapool Ltd in 1962. All three vessels had been launched but work had stalled due to the bankruptcy of the Seawork Group, of which Mitchison was a member.

British & Commonwealth set about formulating a plan to complete their order. The first step saw a new company called Aldergreen incorporated on 2 April 1963 with a capital of 100 in 1 shares. Only two shares were issued, one to Mr Stanley Herbert Lucas and one to Mr Francis Albert Dean. Aldergreen then became responsible for the trawler order finances.

Greenock Dockyard at Greenock was another British & Commonwealth Group company and at an Extra Ordinary General Meeting held on 21 May 1963 they passed a special resolution wherein the Company name of Aldergreen be restyled as The Greenock Dockyard (Gateshead) Limited. The resolution was duly passed and the new name was registered on 28 May 1963. At that juncture the remaining 98 shares were allocated to the Greenock Dockyard Co Ltd, Greenock.

Greenock Dockyard (Gateshead) Ltd, henceforth took full responsibility for the completion of the three trawlers, whilst T Mitchison Ltd, was restructured by the receivers and then continued shipbuilding in their own right.

What business was then undertaken by Greenock Dockyard (Gateshead) Ltd, after the completion of the trawlers is not clear but control changed along the way. When the company ceased trading on the 31 December 1970 the shareholders were listed as Sea Lion Investments (99 shares) and the Cayzer Trust Company Limited, (1 share).

An Extraordinary General Meeting held on 9 April 1980, witnessed the passing of a resolution that the company should be placed into voluntary liquidation. It was formally wound up on 16 July 1980.

The above information kindly supplied by Bill Harvey

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
516 1963 Pelamid D / H / P
518 1963 Relko D / H / P
520 1963 Noblesse D / H / P