A. Leslie and Company

Andrew Leslie & Co, Hebburn was a shipbuilding company that was started in 1853 on an 8-acre site at Hebburn Quay, Newcastle upon Tyne.[1] The company later merged with the locomotive manufacturer R and W Hawthorn to create Hawthorn Leslie and Company in 1886,[2] when the founder Andrew Leslie retired.

Andrew Leslie & Co, Hebburn
TypePrivate
IndustryShipbuilding
SuccessorHawthorn Leslie and Company
Founded1853
Defunct1886
FateMergers with R and W Hawthorn
HeadquartersNewcastle upon Tyne, North-East England
Key people
Andrew Leslie
ProductsShips
Number of employees
2600

Between 1854 and 1885 the ship yard built 255 vessels.[3] and in 1866 constructed a dry dock, which exists till present day.[4] The company employed around 2600 men, with more jobs in ancillary trades.[3]

Ships builtEdit

 
1,940 GRT cargo steamship Alabama, built in 1879 by Andrew Leslie & Co at Hebburn-on-Tyne as Tantallon. She sailed under successive owners, names and flags as Raymondos and Raymond before being bought by Watts, Watts & Co in 1899 and renamed Alabama. James Paterson & Co of Melbourne, Victoria bought her in 1907. She ran aground in 1916 but suffered little damage. North China Steamship Co of Tientsin bought her in 1925 and renamed her Pei Tai. She was scrapped in 1935.

In total company built 258 ships.[5] Some of the better-known ships built by Andrew Leslie & Co include:

  • SS Petriana, chemical and oil product tanker, completed in 1879 for Bell & Symonds, London.[6]
  • SS Tantallon, cargo steamship, completed in 1879 for JD Milburn, Newcastle.[7]
  • SS Robert Dickinson, chemical and oil product tanker, completed in 1881 for Bell & Symonds, London.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stanley Bruce The Shipbuilders of Aberdeen
  2. ^ "Hawthorn Shipbuilders". EdinPhoto. Retrieved 5 May 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Local Information for Hebburn". Town Info. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Andrew Leslie & Co, Hebburn - History
  5. ^ Shipbuilder: Andrew Leslie & Co, Hebburn (1854 - 1885) Tyne Built Ships. A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built.
  6. ^ Petriana
  7. ^ Tantallon Tyne Built Ships. A history of Tyne shipbuilders and the ships that they built.
  8. ^ Robert Dickinson