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Parkol Marine Engineering was established almost 50 years ago as a boat repair company by Ken Parker and the late John Oliver. Based at Spital Bridge in Whitby before moving to the town’s Eskside Wharf in 1992, we have grown tenfold and are now recognised as one of the leading boat builders in the UK.

Ken retired in the mid-1980s and John’s wife Esther remained company secretary. Jim Morrison joined the business as a Director in 1988 after going into partnership with John.

Jim’s son James Morrison joined the business from school in 1991 and later Andrew Oliver, John’s son, joined in 1998. More recently, Jim’s daughter Sally joined Parkol in 2013. Respected marine architect Ian Paton is the company’s technical director.

Today’s team share the passion of the two founders, as well as adding their wide-ranging experience of everything from fabrication to engineering, civil engineering, project management and design innovation which are defining the next, exciting stage of our evolution.

In 2017, we opened a second yard in Middlesbrough to enable us to service unprecedented demand and build bigger and more diverse types of vessel.

Looking forwards, looking back…


We’ve come a long way since we built our first new boat, the Jacqueline Anne, in 1997, developing from a five-man repair business operation in the 1970s to a workforce of over 70 people.

We have experienced a success based around good design and a quality product that consistently exceeds client expectations.

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History of Parkol Marine Engineering Ltd

Watch the Parkol story unfold from humble beginnings to present day, where we are now recognized as one of the most successful boat, ship and trawler builders in the United Kingdom.