Cockatoo Docks & Engineering Company
|Founded||1 March 1933|
|Defunct||31 December 1992|
|Owner||Australian National Industries|
Having held a minority shareholding since 1937, in 1947 Vickers-Armstrongs became the majority shareholder. In February 1954, the lease was renewed for a further 20 years and 8 months, and again from 1 January 1972 for 21 years.
In February 1984, Vickers merged its Australian interests were with the Commonwealth Steel Company to form Comsteel Vickers, Vickers and BHP each owning 38%, with the remaining 24% held by smaller investors. On 4 June 1986, the company was purchased by Australian National Industries (ANI).
As part of a review of Australia's ship building capabilities, the Federal Government decided in 1987 the lease would not be renewed. Although consideration was given to terminating the lease early, in the end it ran its course until 31 December 1992, although the only work performed in the last 18 months was decommissioning the dockyard. A lengthy legal action over various costs and liabilities between the government and ANI was settled in May 1997.
- Steam Tug Wattle 1933
- Customs patrol vessel Vigilant, later HMAS Vigilant 1938, first aluminium ship built in Australia
- Grimsby class sloops (HMAS Yarra 1935, HMAS Swan 1936, HMAS Parramatta 1939, HMAS Warrego 1940)
- Tribal-class destroyers (HMAS Arunta 1940, HMAS Warramunga 1942, HMAS Bataan 1944)
- Net-class boom defence vessel HMAS Kookaburra 1938
- Bar-class boom defence vessels (HMAS Koala 1939, HMAS Kangaroo 1940, HMAS Karangi 1941)
- Bathurst-class corvettes (HMAS Bathurst 1940, HMAS Goulburn 1940, HMAS Bendigo 1941, HMAS Cessnock 1941, HMAS Wollongong 1941, HMAS Glenelg 1942)
- Battle-class destroyer HMAS Tobruk
- Daring class destroyers (HMAS Voyager 1952, HMAS Vampire 1956)
- River class destroyer escorts (HMAS Parramatta 1959, HMAS Stuart 1961, HMAS Torrens 1968)
- Empress of Australia 1964
- Destroyer tender HMAS Stalwart 1966
- Durance-class tanker HMAS Success 1984
During World War II, the dockyard was the main ship repair facility in the Pacific Ocean, with over 250 ships repaired. The Cunard liners RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Elizabeth were converted into troopships at Cockatoo Island. In the eight months between August 1942 and March 1943, Cockatoo repaired four cruisers of the United States Navy: USS Chicago, USS Chester, USS Portland, and USS New Orleans. Many ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) were repaired.
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- "New Lease on Docks". The Daily Advertiser. New South Wales, Australia. 23 February 1954. p. 1 – via National Library of Australia.
- Vickers Australia Limited Delsited
- Comsteel Vickers Limited Delisted
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