The History of Leith

June 12, 2007

The Patent Slip

By 1832, a total of 44 Patent slips had been constructed in Aberdeen, Arbroath, Ayr, Berwick, Bo’ness, Carnarvon, Cork (2), Dublin (2), Dumbarton (2), Dysart, Edinburgh Union Canal, Glasgow (2), Goole, Harwich, Hull (2), Ipswich (2), Irvine, Jarrow, Leith (2), Liverpool, Londonderry, Lowestoff, Maryport, Montrose, Newcastle (2), Portsmouth, Quebec, Shields, Shoreham, Sunderland, Swansea, Sydney, Waterford, Whitehaven and Workington (2). In addition Morton had sent slips to Philadelphia, Russia and France for construction by others.

– At 1832 the largest slip could accommodate vessels of 800 tons but Morton was confident that they could be scaled-up to take ‘ships of war’. for more click here

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