Hall, Russell & Company

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Hall, Russell & Company
Former type Private
Industry Shipbuilding
Fate Closed
Founded 1864
Defunct 1992
Headquarters Aberdeen, Scotland

Hall, Russell & Company, Limited was a shipbuilder based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

History[edit]

Brothers James and William Hall, Thomas Russell, a Glasgow engineer, and James Cardno Couper founded the company in 1864 to build steam engines and boilers. In 1867 the company built its first ship, the Kwang Tung, for the Imperial Chinese Navy. Like most shipyards of their era, Hall Russell built ships first using iron and later changing to steel.[1]

In 1944–45 Hall, Russell built five coasters under sub-contract for the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company of Fife: hull numbers 773, 776, 781, 785 and 788.[2] In 1956–57 Hall, Russell built two more coasters for Burntisland: hull 750 launched as SS Winga and hull 857 launched as William Cory & Son's MV Corsea.[2]

In 1977 the company became part of the nationalised British Shipbuilders Corporation, before being returned to the private sector in 1986.[1] It came under the ownership of A&P Appledore International in 1989, as A&P Appledore International (Aberdeen).[1] However, it had been classed by the Government as a naval shipbuilder, despite traditionally producing fishing vessels and small cargo ships, and closed in 1992.[1]

In the Second World War Hall Russell built a number of Royal Navy Flower-class corvettes and River-class frigates.[1] After the war the company built fishing vessels, cargo ships and naval patrol craft.[1] The last vessel completed at the yard was the RMS St Helena, delivered in 1991.

The most widely known ship built by Hall Russell was MV Sir William Hardy. Launched in 1955, she was the first diesel-electric all-refrigerated trawler built in the UK. Refurbished by Greenpeace, she was renamed on 29 April 1978 the Rainbow Warrior. She was bombed by French agents in New Zealand 10 July 1985. Her masts currently stand outside the Dargaville Museum in upper North Island, New Zealand.

Ships built by Hall Russell[edit]

Ships built by Hall Russell include:

RMAS Colonel Templer, built by Hall Russell in 1966 as a trawler

Flower-class Corvettes[edit]

Further information: Flower-class corvette
  • 754 HMS Marguerite (K54) 1940
  • 755 HMS Marigold (K87) 1941[3]
  • 756 HMS Mignonette (K38) 1941
  • 760 HMS Coriander (K183) 1941
  • 761 HMS Loosestrife (K105) 1941; renamed Hallsevni

Island-class Patrol Vessels[edit]

Further information: Island-class patrol vessel
  • 960 FPV Jura 1973[4] sold and renamed Criscilla[5]
  • 962 FPV Westra 1974 (2005-2007 MV Robert Hunter; since 2007: MV Steve Irwin)[6]
  • 971 HMS Jersey (P295) 1976, sold 16 Dec 1993 and renamed BNS Ruhul Amin
  • 972 HMS Orkney (P299) 1977, sold 30 April 1999 and renamed TTS Nelson (CG20)
  • 973 HMS Shetland (P298) 1977, sold 19 Feb 2003 and renamed BNS Kapatakhaya[7]
  • 974 HMS Guernsey (P297) 1977, sold Jan 2004 and renamed BNS Sangu
  • 975 HMS Lindisfarne (P300) 1978, sold Jan 2004 and renamed BNS Turag
  • 983 HMS Anglesey (P277) 1979, sold 2002 and renamed BNS Gomati
  • 984 HMS Alderney (P278) 1979, sold 2002 and renamed BNS Karatoa[7]

Castle-class Patrol Vessels[edit]

Further information: Castle-class patrol vessel

Hong Kong Patrol Craft (HKPC)[edit]

Further information: Peacock-class corvette
HMS Starling (P241) at Hall, Russell & Co., Aberdeen

Mooring and Salvage Vessels[edit]

Fisheries Research Vessels[edit]

Auxiliaries[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Cargo[edit]

  • 773 SS Edenwood, 1943 – Constantine Lines, Middlesbrough[2]
  • 776 SS Avonwood, 1944 – Constantine Lines, Middlesbrough[2]
  • 781 SS Corfen, 1944 – William Cory & Sons[2]
  • 785 SS Firebeam, 1945 – Gas Light and Coke Company[2]
  • 788 SS Sir Joseph Swan, 1945 – London Power Company[2]
  • 750 SS Winga, 1957 – Glen & Company Ltd, Glasgow[2]
  • 856 MV Rona, 1956 – Colonial Sugar Refinery Co Ltd, Australia
  • 857 MV Corsea, 1956 – William Cory & Sons[2]
  • MV Silver Harrier, 1970 – Colonial Sugar Refinery Co Ltd, Australia
  • 949 MV Thameshaven, 1971 – the largest ship built in Aberdeen[14]
  • 1000 RMS St Helena, 1989

Passenger/Cargo[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Aberdeen Ships / Hall, Russell & Co. Ltd.". Retrieved 2007-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Anderson, James B (2008). Sommerville, Iain, ed. "Ships built by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company Ltd: arranged by date of launch". Welcome to Burntisland. Iain Sommerville. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Marigold". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "FPV Jura". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "ScottishFishery Protection Cruisers". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "FPV Westra". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Annual Report 2002-2003" (PDF). Disposal Services Agency. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tornado". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  9. ^ "Criscilla". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Hebrides". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  11. ^ "Clansman". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  12. ^ "Columba". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  13. ^ "St Ola". Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  14. ^ [http://www.aberdeenships.com/single.asp?index=101663 Seaforth Viscount, launched 8 Jul 1982 from the dry dock due to the construction of the covered slipway. Later renamed Far Viscount and is now the Cape Viscount. "Thameshaven"]. Aberdeen Built Ships. Retrieved 21 February 2010.