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London and Glasgow Shipbuilding Company, also
known as the London and Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding Company, was a shipbuilding
firm established in 1864 by a consortium of London bankers, including the Glasgow engineer
James Rodger. They acquired the Middleton Yard in Govan
in 1864, and soon acquired more land at Ron Bank in Govan which belonged to the Lochhead
family. The old Lochhead land lay between Robert Napier
and Sons “Old Yard” and the Middleton Yard allowing expansion to the west. London & Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding
Co. Ltd. also bought land at Lancefield on the northern side of the River Clyde and established
a boiler workshop there. The company was very successful at the Middleton
Yard, building numerous ships, including many for the Cunard Line, such as the SS Carinthia
and SS Sylvania, both launched in 1895. The company also built many ships for the
Indo-China Steam Navigation Company, including SS Posang, SS Tai Sang, SS Lee Sang, SS Lien
Shing, SS E Sang, SS Wo Sang, SS Tak Sang, and the 4000 ton SS Nam Sang, launched in
February 1902. Many ships were also built for the Royal Navy
at the Middleton Yard; amongst them was the 10,000 ton HMS Roxburgh, a first class armoured
cruiser launched in January 1904. Another ship built for the Royal Navy was
HMS Cumberland, a cruiser launched in December 1902. In 1910 London & Glasgow Engineering and Iron
Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. acquired Napier’s Govan East Yard (New Yard) from the owners William
Beardmore and Co. Now as well as having the boiler shop at Lancefield
and an engine works at Anderston Quay the London & Glasgow now owned the yards from
Highland Lane up to Mackie & Thompson at Napier’s “Old Yard”. In 1912 Harland and Wolff Limited acquired
both the Middleton and Govan East Yard from London & Glasgow Engineering and Iron Shipbuilding
Co. Ltd. along with the Napier’s “Old Yard” from Mackie & Thomson, creating one large
yard which ran until 1962.==List of ships built==SS Osterley, launched 27 January 1909
HMS Lynx, launched 20 March 1913, completed January 1914, mined and sunk 9 August 1915

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