This book looks at the fall of a famous industry and traces its origins right back to the days of glory before steam and iron took over from sail and timber.
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Anthony Burton is the author of more than 70 books, including The Anatomy of Canals Vols 1-3. He has worked extensively in television as a writer and presenter.
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Book Description The History Press, Softback. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: no dj. First. From modest beginnings, Britain rose throughout the nineteenth century to become the greatest shipbuilding nation in the world, yet by the end of the following century the British merchant fleet ranked just 38 in the world. The glory days of sail had given way to the introduction of the steam age. Traditional shipwrights had railed against new industrial methods resulting in the infamous demarcation disputes. Talented men, like Brunel and Armstrong, had always sought change and development, but too many shipbuilders were relying on old technologies. From building mighty battleships and extravagant ocean liners, the nation became complacent and its yards were eventually no longer as innovative as their foreign competitors. In the twenty-first century, British shipbuilding has shrunk to a mere fraction of its former size and has become almost totally dependent on government contracts. Bookseller Inventory # 241
Book Description Constable, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 94729204