John Readhead & Sons

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

John Readhead & Sons
Private
IndustryShipbuilding, ship repair,
engine building, boilermaking
FateAcquired
SuccessorSwan Hunter
Founded1865
Defunct1984
HeadquartersSouth Shields, UK

HistoryEdit

John Readhead and John Softley founded the business in 1865 in South Shields as Readhead and Softley.[1] The first ship they built was a small collier called Unus.[1] Swan Hunter bought the company in 1967 after publication of the Geddes Report which recommended rationalisation of shipbuilding on the River Tyne.[2] It was nationalised with the rest of Swan Hunter in 1977. The yard at South Shields closed in 1984.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gage, John. "Introduction". John Readhead & Sons. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007.
  2. ^ "History Page 5". Swan Hunter. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ Readheads Shipyard 1972–1984 Archived 18 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine

Further readingEdit

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

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