George Brown & Sons Engineers
The nature and scale of the work changed, and reluctance to reduce the workforce created financial problems. The death of GR Brown in 1962 brought this to a head. The business was consolidated at 5/6 Shore, and Broad Wynd was sold. A difficult period ensued, until the discovery of North Sea oil and the establishment of Santa Fe in Leith. Barges and service vehicles arrived and work ensued. This was about 1970. Although the initial highs declined, there was a steady flow, which, with our existing ship and land business, kept us going until 1985 when GC Brown took over as MD on the retiral of WL Brown.
The arrival of North Sea work saw the arrival of barges and vessels requiring repairs and modifications that continues to the current day.