"Forgotten Shipbuilders of Belfast: Workman, Clark, 1880-1935" (used book)

"Forgotten Shipbuilders of Belfast: Workman, Clark, 1880-1935" (used book)

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Forgotten Shipbuilders of Belfast: Workman, Clark, 1880-1935

by J. Burrow


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Used Book. Paperback. Good Condition.

-- From the back

This book highlights the achievements of the largely forgotten Belfast firm of shipbuilders, Workman, Clark. Known locally as the ‘wee yard’, thanks to the presence of Harland and Wolff, its larger and better known neighbour, Workman, Clark was in fact a major shipbuilding yard. Founded in 1880 by the very young Frank Workman (24 years old), and George Clark (19 years old), the business expanded rapidly to employ 3500 men in 1895 and 9000 in 1909. In 1902 and 1909 its tonnage produced was the highest of all U.K. yards. After the First World War, it enjoyed mixed fortunes until its closure in 1935.

This volume contains the reprint of two very rare in-house books, printed for the firm in 1903 and 1933. It includes a list of all ships produced by the yard. An introduction on the history of the firm has been written by Dr John Lynch, senior teaching fellow in the school of history, Queen’s University of Belfast, and author of An Unlikely success story: the Belfast shipbuilding industry, 1880-1935 (Belfast, 2000) and various articles on shipbuilding.