Founded in Appledore in 1963 and aquired by Court Line in 1964. Following Court Line's collapse in 1974 the yard was nationalised as part of the state owned British Shipbuilders. Merged in 1986 with the only remaining nationalised yard, Ferguson Shipbuilders to form Appledore Ferguson. Demerged from Ferguson and sold to North East Shipbuilders in 1989, the combined company being renamed A&P Appledore. In 2003 the yard went into receivership and was subsequently acquired by DML and reopened in 2004 as DML Appledore. DML was itself acquired in 2007 by Babcock International and the yard continues in operation as Babcock Marine Appledore.