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Shipbuilder: Brigham & Cowan, South Shields (1876 - 1982)

Above advert for Brigham & Cowan Ltd is copyright of Tyne and Wear Museums

The firm of Brigham & Cowan was established in 1876 by Thomas Brigham and Malcolm Cowan. In 1900 it was incorporated as a limited liability company as Brigham & Cowan Ltd. It then became a private company in 1908 but returned to public ownership again in 1953. In 1924 the company acquired the shipyard of Hepple Ltd, located beside the Brigham & Cowan premises in South Shields and used the land to extend their drydocks. Brigham & Cowan built an extensive shiprepair business with 3 drydocks at South Shields. In 1977 Brigham & Cowan Ltd was nationalised as part of British Shipbuilders. The yard closed in 1982.

Yd No Year Ship Name D / H / P
1893 West Dock D / H
1898 Hyla D / H
8 1898 John Foster Spence (TT) D / H
10 1898 Milhafre D / H
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