Liffey Ships and Shipbuilding

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Mercier Press Ltd, 2010 - History - 320 pages
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This book provides a comprehensive history of the four shipbuilding yards that have operated along Dublin's River Liffey since shipbuilding began there. It begins with the Walpole and Webb shipyard from the early 1830's and documents the progression of the shipbuilding industry in Dublin throughout the First World War, the Great Depression, the Second World War and the vital part the shipyards played in keeping the neutral Irish merchant fleet operating in order to feed the country during the war - resulting in secret talks with the British navy about building ships in Dublin for the British during the Second World War. The narrative goes up to 1969 and the author then details the efforts that have been made to revive Dublin's shipbuilding industry in more recent years.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
6
The Story of Shipbuilding on the Liffey
7
The TwentiethCentury Revival
52
The Canadian Ships
135
The Ringsend Dockyard Dublin Shipbuilders Ltd
143
Vickers run the Dublin Dockyard
157
How Dublin kept Irish Ships sailing in the Emergency Years
199
The PostSecond World War Years
256
Endnotes
299
Glossary
309
Index
311
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About the author (2010)

Pat Sweeney edited of the Maritime Institute of Ireland's journal for twenty two years. He was also the only Dublin based photographer for Lloyds List, London's premier shipping journal, and regulary contributes articles on Irish and International shipping to the Irish media.

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