Launching History – The Saga of Burrard Dry Dock

Author: Francis Mansbridge
Publisher: Harbour Publishing
Published: 2006

From Baird Maritime:

Although the current sad, neglected state of its shipbuilding industry would seem to belie this, Canada's western province of British Columbia was once a thriving shipbuilding centre.

For around a century until roughly 1990, British Columbia hosted a thriving shipbuilding industry. As in so many other parts of the world, competition, economic rationalisation and government neglect combined to destroy an important sector of manufacturing.

Fortunately, the Wallace family, who built and ran the Burrard shipyards, have kept a good record of their activities. This book benefits substantially from that record of fine photographs, data and anecdotes.

Until it ceased building operations in 1990, the company constructed 450 ships. Not a bad record over 96 years.

A fascinating and well presented history that ought to be read and carefully digested by every current shipbuilder to prevent the danger of hubris setting in.

Ordering Information:

Harbour Publishing
Madeira Park, Canada.

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