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Shipbuilding was established at an early date in Ayrshire. Often shipbuilding took place on the beach, as was the case at Saltcoats until the late 19th Century. Elsewhere, the increasing mechanisation of the industry led to the construction of shipbuilding yards, which grew in turn as the ships built also grew in size. The major centres of shipbuilding were Ardrossan, Saltcoats, Irvine and Ayr, especially in Newton upon Ayr, on the north, or right hand side of the River Ayr. The yard at Troon survived, mainly on repair work, into the 21st Century. Nobelís yard at Girvan, established after the Second World War, and specialising in fishing boats, survives in a healthy state.

At Fairlie, and other places on the coast, yacht-building was a major employer, catering for the many wealthy people who, increasingly, found the Ayrshire waters an ideal venue for their leisure pursuits.



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Industry

- Coal

- Electricity

- Emergency Services

- Rescue

- Construction

- Bridges

- Railway

- Building Construction

- Roofing - thatch

- Dam

- Demolition

- Docks

- Harbour

- Housing

- Roads

- Ship Building

- Yachts

- Manufacturing

- Aircraft

- Brickworks

- Computers/IT

- Curling Stones

- Engineering

- Explosives

- Fuel

- Furniture

- Furniture/aircraft

- Hone stones

- Ice

- Ironworks

- Leather

- Tannery

- Mills

- Animals

- People

- Motor Vehicles

- Printing

- Railways

- Salt

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- Carpets

- Knitwear

- Lace

- Water Pumps

- Whisky

- Mining

- Barytes

- Canteen

- Coal

- Rescue

- Minerals

- Processing

- Animal Slaughter

- Meat

- Quarrying

- Service

- Ship Building