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George Brown & Sons Engineers

George Brown and Sons Engineers

Our history: 1946-1960

Post-war work commenced with the largest contract yet carried out, the conversion of two navy frigates into trawlers for Faroese owners. The final costs were huge, but we heard later that the owners recouped them after three fishing trips.

The Korean War created work, as ex-liberty ships arrived in Leith to discharge scrap steel for the steel mills in the West. The navy also commenced refitting vessels which had been laid up after the war. The slipway at Ballantyne Road was lengthened and strengthened to accommodate two wooden built torpedo boats that required extensive repairs.

Key to photos

Prior to the closure of the lower swing bridge, vessels were brought to the workshops for repair as seen in this picture of the Minna, a Fisheries Patrol Vessel.