Tales of Ayrshire shipbuilding

Girvan and District History Society next meeting is in the McKechnie Institute Dalrymple Street Girvan at on Thursday, March 17 at 7,30pm.

The talk is titled: “A tale of Enterprise and Determination”. Presented by Dougal McIntyre.

Dougal will relate to the achievements of his father John Mc Intyre, who was responsible for returning the shipbuilding industry to Ayrshire and for restoring the fortunes of the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company yards at Troon and Ayr following a period of Financial difficulty.

One of the vessels built at the Troon Yard was the Lady Ailsa, which, based at Girvan supported the quarry operators, the Lighthouse personnel and day trips to Ailsa Craig.

John was brought up in the 1960s Clydeside, and trained as a shipbuilder at shipyards in Paisley and Alloa, followed by experience in yards at Worthington and Springburn. In 1908 he became the General Manager of the Ailsa Shipbuilding Co., and within two years had restored the yards at Troon and Ayr to profitability. However during the 1920’s there was a steady decline in whole of the Scottish shipbuilding industry and he retired in 1924.

The Annual General Meeting will follow this presentation.

Entrance £1 for Members and £2 for visitors, includes a cup of tea and a biscuit. All interested parties made most welcome, so please come and join us for an excellent evening’s entertainment.