Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company

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Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company
Former type Public
Industry Shipbuilding
Fate Closed
Founded 1874
Defunct 1981
Headquarters Dundee, Scotland

The Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company, Limited was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Dundee.


The Company was founded by WB Thompson in 1874: it was restructured and the name changed to Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company in 1896 in honour of the founder's first customer, the Earl of Caledon.[1] In 1968, Caledon merged with Henry Robb of Leith, forming Robb Caledon Shipbuilding Limited.[2] Operations ceased in Dundee in 1981.[3]

Ships built by Caledon[edit]

Ships built by Caledon include:


Aircraft carriers



Landing ships



Yard No Name Type Launch Owner/Notes
Lawhill steel-hulled four-masted barque 24 August 1892 Charles Barrie
159 SS Californian 26 November 1901 International Mercantile Marine Co.
British Commander oil tanker 1922 British Tanker Company
British Commodore oil tanker 1923 British Tanker Company
313 British Faith oil tanker 1928 British Tanker Company
314 British Hope oil tanker 1928 British Tanker Company
381 NLV Hesperus[4] lighthouse tender 1939 Northern Lighthouse Board
395 SS Empire Archer cargo vessel 29 June 1942 Ministry of War Transport
507 NLV Pharos[4] lighthouse tender 1955 Northern Lighthouse Board
531 NLV Pole Star[4] lighthouse tender 1961 Northern Lighthouse Board
536 John Burns ferry 1963
537 Ernest Bevin ferry 1963 Woolwich ferry[5]
538 James Newman ferry 1963
560 MV Caedmon C-class ferry 3 May 1973 Sealink/Wightlink
561 MV Cenwulf C-class ferry 1 June 1973 Sealink/Wightlink
562 MV Cenred C-class ferry 3 July 1973 Sealink/Wightlink


Other ships built at Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering company were M.V Ngatuka, Ngatoro,Nagpara and Ngahere. Port Huon, Port Albany, Benarty, All built in the 1960s

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