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Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward And Sons Shipbreaking Yard

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Record Detail

  • Organisation
    RCAHMS
  • Alternative name(s)
    INVERKEITHING HARBOUR; INVERKEITHING, CRUICKNESS ROAD, WARD'S SHIPBREAKING YARD
  • Canmore ID
    50918
  • Site type
    SHIP BREAKING YARD
  • County
    FIFE
  • Parish
    INVERKEITHING
  • Council
    FIFE
  • NGR
    NT 13000 81985
  • Latitude, longitude
    56.022846N, 3.397364W
  • Archeological notes
    NT18SW 113.00 centred 13000 81985 Shipbreaking Yard [NAT] (at NT 12914 81984 and NT 13069 81975) OS (GIS) MasterMap, September 2009. NT18SW 113.01 Centred NT 1289 8184 Yard Offices NT18SW 113.02 Centred NT 1276 8210 Number 1 and 2 jetties NT18SW 113.03 Centred NT 1285 8202 Number 3 jetty NT18SW 113.04 Centred NT 1305 8206 Number 7 jetty Location formerly entered as NT 130 820. Site recorded by Maritime Fife during the Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, Kincardine to Fife Ness 1996 During October 1999, RCAHMS conducted a photographic survey of Ward's Shipbreaking Yard, in Inverkeithing. The purpose of this survey was to enhance and augment the existing holdings of the National Monuments Record Scotland. Visited by RCAHMS (MKO), October 1999.
  • Architectural notes
    N/A

Related material information

SCANNED IMAGES

  • 559995 (6/11/1979)
    Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard View of dock area showing shipbreaking in progress
  • 559994 (6/11/1979)
    Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard General View
  • 451873 ()
    Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward's Shipbreaking Yard View from S
  • 1315164 (20/4/1949)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard and Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south. This image has been produced from a print.
  • 1269181 (20/4/1949)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south-east. This image has been produced from a damaged and crop marked negative.
  • 1268953 (20/4/1949)
    Inverkeithing, general view, showing Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 1258117 (7/8/1937)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1257191 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1257190 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south-west. This image has been produced from a crop marked negative.
  • 1257189 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 1257188 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 1257187 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south. This image has been produced from a crop marked negative.
  • 1257186 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1257185 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east.
  • 1257184 (26/6/1931)
    Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. Ltd. Quarry and Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing south.
  • 682500 (23/5/1948)
    Scanned image of oblique aerial photograph, Firth of Forth, view of the battleship H.M.S. Nelson awaiting scrapping at Thomas Ward's Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing.
  • 50918 (19/6/1941)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photograph of the town of Inverkeithing and T. Ward shipbreaking yard.

MANUSCRIPTS

  • 50918 ()
    J R Hume Industrial/CBA cards. Filed under Fife county, Inverkeithing parish, Shipbreaking Yard. Photograph noted. (See NMRS MS/749 entry for Collection description)
  • 50918 (4/1996)
    Survey archive: Site record sheets from Coastal Assessment Survey for Historic Scotland, Kincardine to Fifeness. Parcels 8 (MS 2307/2/8), 17 (MS 2307/2/17) and 18 (MS 2307/2/18) not included with archive.

PHOTOGRAPHS

  • 50918 (1974)
    General view from South
  • 50918 (19/6/1941)
    RAF WWII vertical aerial photograph of the town of Inverkeithing and T. Ward shipbreaking yard.
  • 50918 (1953)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard. Fleet Aircraft Carrier HMS Formidable awaiting scrapping.
  • 50918 (1961)
    Oblique aerial view of Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard with four vessels in for scrapping or being scrapped. Prominent is a Light Fleet Carrier, possibly HMS Glory.
  • 50918 (1967)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Ca class destroyers HMS Cassandra and HMS Carron with two Algerine class minesweepers, HMS Jewel and HMS Onyx. The fith ship is possibly the remains of the frigate HMS Wizard.
  • 50918 (1945)
    Oblique aerial view of Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Showing at least five merchant ships in various stages of being scrapped.
  • 50918 (1965)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Monitor HMS Roberts awaiting scrapping. View of main armament, 15" gun turret and bridge/foremast area.
  • 50918 (1958)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial view of yard with King George V class battleship HMS Howe awaiting scrapping. The remains of another ship lie inboard, possibly that of depot ship HMS Montclare.
  • 50918 (1955)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Fleet Aircraft Carrier HMS Implacable awaiting scrapping, view from SE looking to Inverkeithing.
  • 50918 (2/6/1962)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbreaking yard, Inverkeithing. Light Fleet Aircraft carrier (HMS Theseus) being berthed ready for scarpping, with the remains of an unknown second warship inboard, now reduced almost to the waterline. The aircraft carrier HMS Glory is nearby.
  • 50918 (1958)
    Thomas Ward & Sons shipbrreaking yard, Inverkeithing. King George V class battleship, HMS Howe during scrapping. View amidships showing one of the 5.25" Dp gun turrets and rear gun-direstor radar set.
  • 50918 (27/3/1965)
    Thomas Ward & Sons Shipbreakers yard, Inverkeithing. A Southampton class 6" gun cruiser (HMS Mauritius) being towed in to the yard for scrapping.
  • 50918 (6/10/1999)
    Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard General view from W, showing most of the yard's cranes, with Jetty No.3 on the right, and jetty No.7 in the distance
  • 50918 (6/10/1999)
    Inverkeithing Bay, Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard View from NE looking towards Jetty No.3 and 25-ton-lift Butters travelling derrick crane on the left, and jetties 1 and 2 on the right
  • 50918 (15/9/1958)
    RAF post-war oblique air photograph taken in 1958 of Thomas Ward's Shipbreaking yard at Inverkeithing One ship is identified as the battleship HMS Howe.

DIGITAL IMAGES

  • 1230970 (4/10/1947)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west. The vessels include a mine damaged large bulk carrier, a small bulk carrier, two large passenger liners and a general cargo ship.
  • 1230969 (4/10/1947)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing west. The vessels include a mine damaged large bulk carrier, a small bulk carrier, two large passenger liners and a general cargo ship.
  • 1230968 (4/10/1947)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing east. The vessels include a mine damaged large bulk carrier, a small bulk carrier, two large passenger liners and a general cargo ship.
  • 1230967 (4/10/1947)
    Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, Inverkeithing. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing north-west. The vessels include a mine damaged large bulk carrier, a small bulk carrier, two large passenger liners and a general cargo ship.
  • 1230966 (4/10/1947)
    Oblique aerial view centred on Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard and Caldwells Paper Mill, Inverkeithing, in 1947, facing north-east. The vessels include a mine damaged large bulk carrier, a small bulk carrier, two large passenger liners and a general cargo ship.
  • 1123622 (20/4/1949)
    Inverkeithing, Thomas Ward and Sons Shipbreaking Yard, with HMS Nelson, HMS Royal Sovereign and the remains of HMS Rodney adjacent. Oblique aerial view taken from the W.
  • 1409239 (11/3/2014)
    Oblique aerial view of the Queensferry Crossing construction, Inverkeithing Bay and Cruiks Quarry, looking to the ENE.
  • 1409228 (11/3/2014)
    Oblique aerial view of the Queensferry Crossing construction, Inverkeithing Bay and Cruiks Quarry, looking to the ENE.
  • 1238350 (8/4/2011)
    General oblique aerial view of the River Forth centred on Jamestown Golf Course, taken from the NNE.
  • 1129610 (16/10/2008)
    General oblique aerial view centred on the Inner Bay, taken from the S.

1st edition 6-inch maps

TitleDateOther parishes/counties
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Fife, Sheet 391854
 Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile, Linlithgowshire, Sheet 21854-5