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October 2018

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"Build me straight, O worthy Master!
 Staunch and strong, a goodly vessel,
 That shall laugh at all disaster,
 And with wave and whirlwind wrestle!"

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Building of the Ship

When Berwick Shipyard closed it’s gates for the last time in 1979 it marked the end of a chapter in the town’s industrial history. The purpose of this website is to keep the memory of shipbuilding at Berwick alive and to celebrate the achievements of the yard and those who worked there. Within these pages you can trace the historical development of an industry that was first established at Berwick in 1751 and continued up until 1878 before it’s revival in 1950.  You can find out about early yards on the Tweed and their output over the years including the role that Berwick shipyard would play during the 19th century in the development of what today is Britain’s biggest ship-owning company. 

The main focus of the site however is the modern era of shipbuilding at Berwick when the yard would achieve a worldwide reputation for the construction of small steel vessels up to 120 feet in length.  Separate pages cover different types of small craft built at Berwick shipyard including luxury yachts, ferries, tugs, launches, barges and fishing vessels.  The site also features a page on the yard itself and contains historic photographs and contributions from subject experts. There is even an opportunity to pull on a boiler suit and take a 'virtual tour' of the yard as it was in 1970!  

Since it's launch in 2007 the site has grown and expanded thanks to the photographic contributions and memories of former workers, their families, shipowners and enthusiasts. Updated,and refreshed in May 2012 the site will hopefully continue to be a source of information and of interest to those who wish to learn more about about an industry that once flourished in the historic town of Berwick upon Tweed.

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