Book Review-‘Crossing the Bar: An oral history of the British shipbuilding, ship repairing and marine engine building industries in the age of decline 1956–1990’ by A. Slaven and H. Murphy (eds)

By Martin Bellamy, published November 2020


Slaven and Murphy’s Crossing the Bar makes available for the first time the extraordinary resource of 60 oral histories of leaders in the shipbuilding and associated industries that were made in the early 1990s. The recordings were made during a three-year project at the Centre for Business History at the University of Glasgow and funded by British Shipbuilders. The project was designed to capture the voices of the men who had been at the forefront of the British shipbuilding industry before it was too late, with representatives selected from the boardroom and the trade unions as well as politicians and civil servants. The resulting collection includes such luminaries as Sir Eric Yarrow, Ross Belch, Ken Douglas, Derek Kimber, Eric Mackie, T. John Parker, Jimmy Airlie, Reay Geddes, Norman Tebbitt and Tony Benn – in short, the key players who presided over the decline and fall of the industry…

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C)
Subjects include: Ocean Liners & Passenger Craft | Shipbuilding & Design

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