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Pre-Order Volume-4 Leith Built Ships

Hi everyone! I'm very excited to announce that my new book, "Leith Built ships, Vol-4 - Robb Caledon (Leith Division)", is now available for pre-order! It has been an incredible journey putting this book together, and I can't wait to share it with all of you. You can pre-order from Whittles Publishing by just clicking on the link to be taken there now.

For those of you who may not be aware, Leith is a historic shipbuilding town with a rich maritime heritage. In this latest volume, I delve into the fascinating world of the Robb Caledon shipyard, focusing on the Leith Division. This was the new amalgamated yard merging or taking over depending on your viewpoint the Leith Shipyard of Henry Robb, and the Caledon Yard at Dundee.

While at Leith we always just referred to the yard as Robb’s the Dundee folks also referred to their own yard as the Caledon.

Some very well-known ships are covered including the 2 largest and most powerful ocean-going tugs of the day, Lloydsman and Wolraad Woltemade. Along with many more from 1965 to 1984, we feature them all. I've dedicated countless hours of research to bring you the most comprehensive account possible. It has been around 12 years since starting the history of the ships built at Leith from circa 1850 to 1984, and the shipyard at war from 1939 to 1945 is still in writing.

Through meticulous research and captivating storytelling, I've uncovered the stories behind the ships built by Robb Caledon in Leith. From the early days of the merger at its peak during the 1960’s, this book takes you on a journey through time, exploring the triumphs, challenges, and innovations that shaped the industry.


The magnificent ocean-going salvage tug Wolraad Woltemade in dry dock in Singapore.


One of the highlights of this volume is the inclusion of stunning photographs and illustrations. These visuals not only add depth to the stories but also allow you to truly appreciate the craftsmanship and artistry that went into building these magnificent vessels.

I must express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported me throughout this writing process. Your encouragement and enthusiasm have been my driving force, and I couldn't have done it without you. I want to offer my deepest thanks to those who choose to pre-order a copy.

So, if you're as fascinated by shipbuilding and maritime history as I am, I invite you to pre-order "Leith Built ships, Vol-4 - Robb Caledon (Leith Division)" today. Let's embark on this incredible journey together and celebrate the remarkable legacy of Leith's shipbuilding industry.

Thank you once again for your support, and I can't wait to share this book with you all soon!

Happy reading,

R.O. Neish


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