Book Review-‘A Shipyard at War: Unseen photographs from John Brown’s, Clydebank 1914−1918′ by Ian Johnston

By Emily Malcolm, published November 2020


First World War stories usually concern the vast destructions wrought by conflict – the loss of life, the ruination of landscape, and the crushing of hope. We tend to forget that the other major preoccupations of the war years were construction and production. These encompassed munitions, food and, as illustrated in Ian Johnston’s new book, ships to maintain the Allied forces at sea.

John Brown & Co. of Clydebank were major naval shipbuilders from the early years of the twentieth century. Wartime production saw a move away from the large battleships of the Dreadnought era to destroyer and cruiser types which were quickly built and more responsive in action…

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Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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