John Readhead & Sons

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John Readhead & Sons
Industry Shipbuilding, ship repair,
engine building, boilermaking
Fate Acquired
Successor Swan Hunter
Founded 1865
Defunct 1984
Headquarters South Shields, UK

John Readhead & Sons was a shipyard on the River Tyne in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England.


John Readhead and John Softley founded the business in 1865 in South Shields as Readhead and Softley.[2] The first ship they built was a small collier called Unus.[2] Swan Hunter bought the company in 1967 after publication of the Geddes Report which recommended rationalisation of shipbuilding on the River Tyne.[3] It was nationalised with the rest of Swan Hunter in 1977. The yard at South Shields closed in 1984.[4]


  1. ^ Anonymous, 1948 (pages not numbered)
  2. ^ a b Gage, John. "Introduction". John Readhead & Sons. 
  3. ^ "History Page 5". Swan Hunter. 
  4. ^ Readheads Shipyard 1972–1984 Archived June 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

Further reading[edit]

  • Anonymous (1948). John Readhead & Sons Limited, Shipbuilders Shiprepairers Engine and Boiler Builders. South Shields: John Readhead & Sons. 

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