An aerial view of the River Clyde looking down-river from the Yarrow's Shipyard, c 1932. Several shipyards can be distinguished on the north bank, whereas the south bank is relatively undeveloped.
Yarrow & Co have always been associated with the design and construction of naval vessels, for the Royal Navy and overseas navies. Output included twenty-nine destroyers and sixteen gunboats in the First World War and eighteen destroyers and eight sloops in the Second World War. The yard was badly damaged in a German air raid in March 1941. The end of each world war caused a slump in naval orders, but Yarrows survived by winning orders for merchant ships.
In more recent years Yarrow Shipbuilders, now the largest shipbuilders in Scotland, has been the leading builder of Royal Navy frigates. The yard was sold to GEC in 1985, and became part of BAE Systems in 1999. With work for the Royal Navy continuing to be won, the immediate future of the yard looks secure at the beginning of the 21st century.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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