Northam Iron Works was founded in c.1840 by the famous shipbuilding and marine engineering firm, Day Summers and Co. This firm built a steady stream of iron steam ships at the Northam works until its eventual closure in 1929. The iron works were then taken over by Thornycrofts. By 1930 the site was part of Pollock Brown and Co, scrap metal dealers and shipbreakers. The works were situated at the north end of Millbank Street near the junction with Prince's Street. Millbank Street can be seen in the top right of the photograph (image 1). Pollock and Brown scrap metal dealers were listed in local directories from 1923 to 1971. Many local ships and Red Funnel ferries were scrapped here (image 2).

1. Pollock and Brown Shipbreakers Yard

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A postcard of the yard from 1935.

2. Lorna Doone Paddlesteamer

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The ex-Red Funnel ferry waiting to be broken-up at the Pollock and Brown Yard in the 1950s.


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