Scott & Sons (Bowling)



Shipbuilders and Ship and Engine  Repairers





 Welcome to the Scott & Sons (Bowling) Website 


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

The Website provides information about the yard, acts as a contact point for people who have an interest in the yard and seeks to establish a comprehensive record of the yard from the time it was first established in 1851 to its eventual closure in 1979.      

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

                                                                                   (Marine Engine Fitter) 

Contact Alistair Baird:  

Tel:- 07895335459 




Aberdeen Harbour October 2015 and two of the last working Tugs built by Scott's (Former Greathem Cross and Skelton Cross) can be seen in the centre of the picture. They look very small when compared with the tugs and supply  vessels for the oil industry. 


The above digital image shows the original plan for the new shipyard, which formed part of the agreement between Scott and Sons and the Clyde Navigation Trust. The site, which is just to the East of Bowling Basin, was purchased by Scott and Sons from the Caledonian Railway Company. This is the original copy that was signed on behalf of Scott and Sons by Charles W Scott and James Scott in November 1918.  

This Tug was built at Scott's in 1956 and is now up for sale at £34,322 (May 2015). She is based in Rome and is currently advertised for sale in YACHTWORLD  

She has been converted from steam to diesel and is described as being ready to steam. Moored at our yard in Rome.  The hull is in excellent condition.  Can be delivered.  Pleasure vessel registered but could be registered back for a commercial purpose.

This is a good example of the quality of ships built at Scott's.  Any ideas as to her original name and number?  Its the North Beach No 412, which was built for Alexander Towing Company.  Thanks to Brian Goodell from Schelt, Canada for spotting the advert in YACHTWORLD and for contacting the Website. 


John Brown (Chargehand Engineer) in his trademark brown boiler suit and black beret, circa 1959.   John was an expert on steam engines and was a really nice man to work for and with.  Alistair 


Scott & Sons 1919


This is the only picture I can find that contains an image of the Paint Shop. In the distance through the gap between the Welding Bay and the Smiddy is a partial view of the Paint Shop.


Early 60's photograph of the Clyde Navigation Trust WATCH HOUSE. 

The Greatham Cross Bell (Ship renamed Carrickfergus).

Pier at Bowling 2013

Out the Yard gate, over the bridge and there it is - The Railway Inn (sadly closed when this picture was taken 2013).

Former Scott family Yaucht Carola (Yard No.128, built 1898)