Changes in the Chatham Dockyard Workforce, 1860-90 Part I, From Wood to Iron: Change and Harmony 1860—87

By Mavis Waters, published February 1983


This study traces the changing characteristics of the labour force in the royal dockyards from the militancy of the period 1739-48 to the self-assertion of the turn of the century to the concessions of the mid-nineteenth century. The article puts into context the confrontations between the new iron workers and the age-old timber workers. It reveals the success of retraining the wood-workers for the new jobs and the emergence of co-operative practices which benefited the work force and particularly the Admiralty.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards

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