Napier and Miller

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Napier & Miller Ltd. (also Messrs Napier & Miller) were Scottish shipbuilders based at Old Kilpatrick, Glasgow, Scotland.

Company history[edit]

The company was founded in 1898 at a yard at Yoker.[1] In 1906 the company moved to a new site a few miles downriver at Old Kilpatrick after their yard was acquired by the Clyde Navigation Trust to build a new dock (subsequently named Rothesay Dock). During World War I the company built sloops and minesweepers for the Royal Navy, along with merchant ships.[2] It also assembled a number of Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2 aircraft.[3] In the 1920s the company built passenger ships and Great Lakes traders for U.S., Canadian and Norwegian companies. During the Great Depression the company went out of business having built over 120 ships. The last ship was completed in 1930, and the yard was closed, sold off and demolished the following year.[2]


The company built two large, double-ended steam passenger ferries for the Port Jackson and Manly Steamship Company Limited in Sydney, Australia, launched in 1927 and 1928. They were named Dee Why and Curl Curl and were in service until 1968 and 1960 respectively. Their triple-expansion, four-cylinder reciprocating engines were built by D & W Henderson.[4]


  1. ^ "Napier, Shanks and Bell". 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Napier and Miller". 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Royal Aircraft Factory: B.E.2". 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "SS Dee Why". Clydebuilt Ships Database. 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012. 

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