|Glory Days – Swan Hunter|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:58|
Author: David L. Williams and Richard P. de Kerbrech
Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing
From Baird Maritime
A salutary lesson of shipbuilding history and economic rationalism. Practically every lesson of political interference and fantasising and brutal economic reality are contained in this 150 year tale of the life of the Swan Hunter Group.
Well illustrated with a mass of high quality photographs we see the subject comprehensively from its steady beginnings, through the boom years to its miserable recent demise. Really, this tale is a metaphor for the history of British shipbuilding overall.
In its heyday Swan Hunter built legendary liners, such as the vast and fast ‘Mauretania’. It built a wide variety of warships from submarines through destroyers, cruisers and monitors to aircraft carriers. Even a yacht.
Eventually the ignominy of nationalisation followed by a failed re-privatisation led to the final inglorious collapse of this famous firm. As always, economic reality prevails. The authors have done a fine job of describing it all.
Ordering information:Ian Allan Publishing Hersham, UK Web: www.ianallanpublishing.com
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