Belfast Built Ships

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Belfast has a long and proud shipbuilding heritage, this industry holding a strong place in Belfast's identity and popular culture. There were three main shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, Workman Clark and the little-known McIllwain & Co., all of whom had fascinating and often turbulent histories. Despite this, little is known about the vessels they produced, beyond the world-famous story of Titanic. In this impeccably researched book, Dr John Lynch endeavours to change this, revealing the fascinating ...

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Overview

Belfast has a long and proud shipbuilding heritage, this industry holding a strong place in Belfast's identity and popular culture. There were three main shipbuilders, Harland & Wolff, Workman Clark and the little-known McIllwain & Co., all of whom had fascinating and often turbulent histories. Despite this, little is known about the vessels they produced, beyond the world-famous story of Titanic. In this impeccably researched book, Dr John Lynch endeavours to change this, revealing the fascinating stories of the many ships to be built and launched from Belfast over 140 years. Including an alphabetical ship index, building lists, details on vessel name changes and many illustrations of the ships, this book also details the yards themselves and key characters in shaping their journeys from hey-day to decline.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752465395
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Lynch spent his career in the civil service before undertaking postgraduate work at Queen's University, Belfast. He took a PhD in Economic and Social History before joining the School of History and Anthropology. Now a freelance writer and historian, he has a number of books and articles under his belt including work on Belfast shipbuilders and Harland and Wolff. He lives in Belfast.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Introduction 7

1 The Shipbuilders of Belfast 17

2 Output of the Belfast Shipyards 41

3 Urban Myths and Forgotten Histories 63

Conclusion 79

Belfast-Built Ships

Launchings in Belfast 1859-2003 82

Alphabetical Listing 86

Building Lists

Key for Building Lists 112

Robert Hickson 113

Harland & Wolff 114

Workman Clark & Companies 246

McIlwaine & Co. 293

Appendix 1 Major Belfast Losses Identified as 20%+ Loss of Life 297

Appendix 2 Belfast-Built Ships that 'Disappeared' 299

Select Bibliography 301

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