Labour Relations in the Royal Dockyards in 1739

By B. McL. Ranft, published November 1961


A disorderly strike by the shipwrights at Chatham, Woolwich and Deptford was more effective in wringing concessions from the Navy Board than were written protests by the blacksmiths. There were far more shipwrights than smiths and a major bone of contention was the traditional prerogative of shipwrights to take home ‘chips’ for their own use.

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Filed under: Austrian Succession | English Channel | Internal Waterways
Subjects include: Harbours & Dockyards

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