Founded as J.W. Brooke & Co. in 1874 and commenced shipbuilding in 1911. Renamed Brooke Marine in 1940. Nationalised as part of British Shipbuilders in 1977, but privatised again through a management buy out in 1985. Closed in 1987 but later reopened and traded as Brooke Yachts International until 1993. Reopened as Brooke Marine Yachts between 2006 and 2009.