Scott & Sons (Bowling)


Shipbuilders and Ship and Engine  Repairers 1851-1979

Welcome to the Scott's of Bowling Website.  The main purpose of this Website is to establish a comprehensive record of Scott and Sons Bowling Ltd for the years 1958 to 1979.  This time period covers the years that saw the yard become a Registered Limited Company in 1958, through the takeover by Scott's of Greenock in 1965, and on to its eventual closure in 1979.     

The aim is to keep alive the history of the yard and of the men and women who worked there.

The Website acts as a contact point for former yard workers and their families and holds the stories, photographs and other information that will eventually form the record.

I am looking to hear from former workers, their families and anyone who has an interest in the yard.  I hope you will take the opportunity to make contact and if you have any stories or photographs I would be delighted to include them on the Website.

                                                                                   Alistair Baird (Former Yard Engineer) 

Contact Alistair Baird:  

Tel:- 01224 73461401224 734614


The above model of the Carola is being built by Barry McKay, who is a retired marine engineer.   This excellent model is based on the original design from 1898.  Barry is looking for a final piece of information that will complete the model.  Does anyone know if the Scott family or the Company (Scott and Sons Bowling) had a 'House Flag'?  The flag in the picture is the Scott's of Greenock House Flag.  The following additional information has been extracted from an e-mail.

I am a retired marine engineer who started ship modelling with a couple of kits and then went on to scratch-build models as far as possible. My models tend to take time; Carola's model has been on the go for four years and is far from complete. She will be steam powered as the original and will be outfitted with a twin cylinder steam engine, gas-fired boiler, feed pump and all the bits which go to make up an automatic boiler level keeping and firing system.  On the water this year? - Perhaps but I'm beginning to have doubts. 
I became interested in Carola while doing a stint as Secretary to the Board of Trustees at the Scottish Maritime Museum. I spent a lot of time measuring and photographing her and researching the few bits of documentation that still exist. I have built the model such that it shows her, as far as possible, how she was when launched in 1898. Thus, amongst several other things, the aft mast has been deleted, the navigation lights restored to their original positions, the circular engine room skylights have been re-created and the deck drainage system discharging below the waterline indicated. (The single port/starboard  scupper with its lower edge six inches above the deck had me puzzled for a while.)
I hope all this jogs somebody's memory?
Barry McKay


Hawarden Bridge and Saint William at the Yard in 1967, copyright Bobby Sinclair.

Shipwrights 1931 provided by John Murdoch

Carl Scott on his way to the launch of the Fire Fighting Tug ZERANG in 1959 (Image Crown Copyright National Records of Scotland Ref. GD322/13/16/1-88)  In the background Dan McDonald (Storeman) is seen standing at the door of the store.  I was the store boy at the time and later that year Dan took ill and died.  He was my first workmate and his was my first funeral.  Both left a big impression on a fifteen year old boy (Alistair).   

A view of the new yard site as seen from the Crane Jetty, 18 February 2014.  The story of the "New Yard" is almost complete and will be published on the Website shortly.

Hawarden Bridge, Yard No355, built at Bowling in 1940.  This image which shows her at the Yard in the early 60's was taken by Bobby Sinclair.                                         

Hawarden Bridge pictured at Bridgetown Barbados close to the end of her working life (image submitted by John Gallagher on behalf of Ken Davies).  There is a report that she was found adrift in the Bermuda Triangle with her crew of 5 missing.  I think there may be a link between that story and the fact that she was seized by a US Navy Patrol Boat on 7 February 1978 after the discovery of marijuana residue.  No owner could be traced and she was later sunk to form part of an artificial reef off Miami - Alistair.

This picture was taken on the Sir Walter Scott at Loch Katrine in the 1950's and was provided by Allan Sharp.  Fourth from the left is Bob Sharp and the lady is thought to be his daughter Sheena.  The man on the right is Tony Woods.  Can you name any of the others?

Scott's Platers Football Team circa 1975.  This picture has been provided by Campbell Fleming, who is pictured second from the left on the front row.  Campbell has provided the following names of the team members.   

Back row L to R - Hugh Connolly, Danny Thomson, Jock McNab, Albert McGinlay, Mervyn Johns and Bobby Appleby.

Front row L to R - Billy Mathews, Campbell Fleming, Peter Thomson, Tam Sutherland and Alex Henderson.