James W. Cook & Co. (Wivenhoe) Ltd
The last ship to be launched: The Kilmourne
In May 1986 the yard went into receivership.
The last ship to be launched at Cook’s was the Kilmourne , yard number 1512. She was a 133grt (39net, 181dwt) self-propelled hopper dredger. 26.27m(oa), 24.52m x8.22m x2.47m, 1.85m draft. Her engine was an A.B. Volvo Penta 4sc sa 6cylinder of 292bhp. She was launched on 24/7/1986 by the liquidators, and completed in 1986 for Northern Ireland Harbour Authority, Belfast. (ON 701431).
N.B. 1512 was not the highest yard number, but the next, and last, three vessels were two simple barges an a very small tug which were completed before the Kilmourne. Cook’s yard numbers actually started at 1001.
The shipyard closed for ever on 19th September 1986; thus ending the long history of shipbuilding in Wivenhoe. The site was cleared and used for some years as a port, but In 1999 work began to clear the site for residential use.