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Many of the most important improvements in the construction of ships, especially steam vessels, were due to the enterprise and skill of the Clyde shipbuilders, who, from the time of Robert Napier of Shandon 1791—1876, who built and engined the first steamers for the Cunard Company, formed in 1840, had enjoyed an unrivalled reputation for the construction of leviathan liners, both as regards mechanical appliances and the beauty and convenience of the internal arrangements.

The principal Clyde yards were situated in the Glasgow district (Govan, Partick, Fairfield, Clydebank, Renfrew), Dumbarton, Port Glasgow and Greenock. At several of the ports on the lower firth, as at Ardrossan and Fairlie, famous for its yachts, the industry was also carried on.

On the east coast the leading yards were at Leith, Kirkcaldy, Grangemouth, Dundee, Peterhead and Aberdeen, which, in the days of sailing ships, was renowned for its clippers built for the tea trade.

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