Book Review-‘Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-built man’ by W. W. J. Knox and A. McKinlay

By Fred M. Walker, published January 2021


n studying the history of the Clyde, one is amazed at the numbers of the ‘great and the good’ who enabled this river to produce more than 30,000 ships in a mere 200 years. This list encompasses naval architects, marine engineers and shipbuilders – most with academic training and some others who had worked their way from the rank of office boy. Jimmy Reid is one of this number and despite a less than auspicious start to life was described in his late years as ‘the best MP Scotland never had’. This remarkable book records the long and distinguished career of an engineer tradesman who spent an abnormally short part of his life working in the engine works and shipyards of the Clyde, but whose presence on the river in the later years of the twentieth century was to have a profound influence on British shipbuilding…

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Subjects include: Biography | Shipbuilding & Design

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