Book review:-‘T. A. & C. H. Walker: Shipbuilders, railway and civil engineering contractors; from Sudbrook to South America’ by R. Clammer

By Roy Fenton, published May 2024

Abstract

Thomas Walker and his son-in-law, Charles Hay Walker, were civil engineering contractors originally involved in railway projects, but who progressed to taking on massive contracts for docks and waterways. They were responsible for harbour works in Avonmouth, Barry, Bermuda, Buenos Aires, Penarth, Preston, Rio de Janeiro and also for much of the work on one of the nineteenth century’s largest engineering projects, the Manchester Ship Canal. Almost as a sideline, they ran a shipyard at Sudbrook building craft needed for their harbour works, including dredgers, hoppers, barges, and tugs. The yard was so prolific that with completions numbering 241, it ranks as the Welsh shipyard with by far the largest output of iron and steel hulls. The family thus had a lasting impact on what might be termed the ‘maritime geography’ in the United Kingdom and South America, as well as operating a little-known but highly productive shipyard…

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Biography | Shipbuilding & Design

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