Rowhedge Ironworks

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The Ben Bates is launched from Rowhedge Ironworks in 1956

Rowhedge Ironworks was a shipyard situated on the River Colne, and in the village of Rowhedge, in the English county of Essex. It existed from 1904 to 1964, and built a number of coastal vessels, including VIC type Clyde puffers and ferries for the Hythe Ferry in Southampton. The yard also specialised in building small craft for overseas buyers, often in kit form for assembly abroad, including vessels for use on Lake Titicaca and the River Nile.[1][2][3]

The site of the yard is now occupied by a riverside housing development.

Vessels built[edit]

The Hotspur IV was built by Rowhedge Ironworks for the Hythe Ferry in 1946

In total, the Rowhedge Ironworks built some 900 vessels,[2] including:


  1. ^ "Rowhedge Ironworks Co". Grace's Guide. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Rowhedge Iron Works Co.Ltd. Essex". Clyde Maritime. Archived from the original on 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b Ian Boyle (1999–2006). "Hythe-Southampton Ferries". Simplon Postcards. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Shell tanker 'Ben Bates'". Helder Line. Retrieved 24 July 2013.

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Coordinates: 51°51.4729′N 0°56.9291′E / 51.8578817°N 0.9488183°E / 51.8578817; 0.9488183