Harland and Wolff - Shipbuilding and Engineering Works

  • 1850
  • 1858
    EJ Harland purchased Robert Hickson & Company shipyard and renamed it Edward James Harland & Company.

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  • 23 July 1853
    The first ship to be built at the yard - The Venetian

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  • 1860
  • 01 Jan 1862
    New years day 1862 the name of the company HARLAND & WOLFF was born, under which it still exists today.

  • 11 April 1861
    On April 11st 1861, Sir Edward James HARLAND set as partner his chief draughtsman Gustav Wilhelm WOLFF

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  • 1870
  • 1874
    Walter Henry Wilson became a partner in the firm.

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  • 1874
    William James Pirrie was taken into partnership by the two founders of the firm, Edward Harland and G. W. Wolff

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  • 1890
  • 23rd Dec 1895
    Sir E.J. Harland dies at his residence, Glenfarne Hall, near Enniskillen, from heart disease

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  • 1900
  • 14th May 1904
    Walter Henry Wilson died suddenly on a train between Portstewart and Portrush

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  • 1908
    Became a private company.

  • 1910
  • 17 April 1913
    Gustav Wolff died at 42 Park Street, London. He had been suffering from a serious internal complaint for some time.

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  • 1911
    Govan Yard Opens

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  • 1912
    Lancefield Works Purchased

  • 1916
    Harland and Wolff acquired the yard of Caird and Co, Greenock.

  • 1918
    Built 4-engined bombers to a Handley Page design, which were converted for passenger use post-war and demonstrated in flights across England

  • 1919
    A third shipyard the East Yard was opened. Harland and Wolff now owned 220 acres and had a workforce of 22,000 people. The first ship to be built at the new yard was an ā€œNā€ type standard ship, Maine.

  • 1919
    Company takes over A&J Inglis

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  • 1920
  • 1920
    Acquired a controlling interest in Colvilles

  • 1924
    Harland & Wolff opened new works at North Woolwich

  • 1924
    Lord Pirrie was returning from a voyage to Buenos Aires, recuperating from pneumonia, when he died at sea.

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  • 1930
  • 1930
    New Chairman - Fredrick Rebbeck

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  • 1940
  • 1941
    The chairmanship went to Charles Palmour from the accountancy firm who were Auditors of the Midland Bank.

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  • 1960
  • 1961
    Govan Yard Closes

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  • 1962
    New Chairman - John S Baillie

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  • 1962
    A&J Inglis Closes

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  • 1965
    Denis Rebbeck followed his father Sir Frederick Rebbeck as Chief Executive of Harland & Wolff.

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  • 1966
    In exchange for a 1.5 million pounds loan in 1966, the government effectively assumed control of the company, appointing John F. Mallabar as chairman and financial controller.

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  • 6 Sept 1967
    The tanker Myrina, the first supertanker built in the UK and the largest vessel ever launched down a slipway

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  • 8th Jan 1966
    The largest oil rig launched in the UK. The Sea Quest was built for BP

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  • 1970
  • 1970
    Sir John Mallabar announced his resignation as chairman in March 1970 and was replaced by J.R. Edwards. By December 1970 Edwards resigned as Chairman.

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  • 1971
    The Arrol gantries were demolished to give way to a parking lot for employees of the shipyards.

  • 1971
    Goliath Commisioned

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  • 1975
    The British Government acquired all the company shares. The yard was not nationalised because it was a special Government funded yard.

  • 30 May 1972
    North Woolwich Works Close

  • 6th July 1971
    The Minister of Commerce for Northern Ireland, announced the position of Chairman as Lord Rochdale

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  • 1980
  • 1980
    It was announced on 31st October 1980 that Mr. V. A. Cooke, had been appointed Chairman of the Company to succeed Sir Brian Morton.

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  • 1981
    On 16th April 1981 it was announced that Dr Vivian Wadsworth, had been appointed Chairman of the Company for a period of three years with effect from 1st May.

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  • 1982
    The Government announced the appointment of a new chairman and chief executive John Parker.

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  • 1989
    The company was bought from the British government in 1989 in a management/employee buy-out in partnership with Fred Olsen; leading to a new company called Harland and Wolff Holdings Plc

  • 2000
  • 23 July 2003
    Last ship
    Anvil Point completed

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  • March 2008
    The construction of the world's first commercial tidal stream turbine, for Marine Current Turbines, was completed.

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