Duncan Gray & Sons

Duncan Gray & Sons, Sailmakers, 59, Morrison Street.—

    The business now carried on in the name of “Duncan Gray & Sons” was established in Greenock by the late Duncan Gray in the year 1855. He died in 1876, and his two sons, Gilbert and Neil, in Glasgow revived the business. The late Duncan Gray was celebrated as a sailmaker for fitting out yachts, and although his sons are no less famous in this respect, they have enlarged the sphere of their operations by adding to the yacht business the much more important one of fitting out large ships and steamers, with sails, &c., and also make a speciality of tennis tents and sunshades.

    The firm are now making sails for a yacht presently building for Mr. Balfour, the noted cabinet-maker and upholsterer of Glasgow, and only recently they fitted out two yachts — the Grace Darling, 160 feet long, and the Firefay, 200 feet long, both being steam screws, the former built by Fleming & Ferguson, Paisley, and the latter built at Renfrew by Messrs. Lobnitz & Co., and said to be the fastest steam yacht afloat. They employ a large number of hands, and their premises are very extensive, and their trade is increasing at a rapid rate. The members of the firm are well known both in and around Glasgow.

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