"Shipbuilders to the World: 125 years of Harland and Wolff, Belfast 1861-1986" (used book)
Shipbuilders to the World: 125 years of Harland and Wolff, Belfast 1861-1986
by Michael Moss and John R. Hume
About the Book
Used Book. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good condition
-- From the dust jacket
Titanic, Georgic, Capetown Castle, HMS Belfast, Andes, HMS Eagle, Southern Cross, Canberra, Sea Quest, Myrina…mighty vessels whose names have taken their place in the history of our century…tributes to design and engineering, to vision, determination and craftsmanship.
The history of Harland and Wolff is a story as grand as the ships themselves. The saga began in 1861 when Yorkshireman Edward Harland and German Gustav Wolff went into partnership in Belfast and began to create their company’s international reputation. Their successor was the brilliant William Pirrie whose reign saw the building of the leviathans Olympic and Titanic and the growth of Harland and Wolff into a massive business empire, with yards throughout the UK and a stake in the biggest shipping combine of the era, International Mercantile Marine. But, the grand-scale financial manipulation that made Pirrie a success landed his heir at Harland and Wolff, the Royal Mail Group’s Lord Kylsant, in prison for fraud.
Michael Moss and John R. Hume have penetrated the complexities of bank and company records to reveal the amazing behind-the-scenes manoeuvres at the pinnacle of big business. They take the story on through Harland and Wolff’s major contribution in two World Wars, from the demise of the giant liners to the rise of the supertankers, through boom and recession, to the present day, as the company faces up to a new age of shipbuilding. This is a story for the thousands of Ulster people whose lives are bound up with the fortunes of ‘the Yard’, for business and finance enthusiasts throughout the world and for lovers of ships and shipbuilding everywhere.