& Co were an old established locomotive building
firm of of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Leith Engineering Works, Sheriff Brae, Leith
were bought by R&W Hawthorn & Co from James B. Maxton & Co, to
set up a works to build railway locomotives in Scotland.
By 1860 they were building marine
engines and boilers under the name of Hawthorns & Co.
A number of small ships were built at
their Granton yard . They were the first company on the east of
Scotland to lengthen vessels ( 1860/70's) at the slipway at Granton.
Hawthorn Leslie & Co Ltd was
established in 1886, acquiring the businesses of
Hawthorn & Co
and Andrew Leslie & Co.
Hawthorns & Co acquired the shipyard of
Thomas Morton & Co which lay adjacent to
Ramage & Ferguson's yard.
The whole site ( including Hawthorns,
Ramage & Ferguson and Cran & Somerville) was, in 1924, acquired by
Henry Robb Ltd., and named
'Victoria Shipyards'. I
served my engineering apprenticeship there 1948-53.
& Ferguson went into liquidation.
yard closed in 1984. It is now
'Ocean Terminal', a shopping mall and home
to 'Royal Yacht BRITANNIA'