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We know of no other comparable book to Marshall Meek’s memoir There Go The Ships. The author was the chief naval architect and director of Ocean Fleets. Now, in this finely crafted account he offers an individual perspective of 60 years in the maritime world.
He records early days in Fife and in a Dundee shipyard; research in London and the splendid era of Liverpool shipping in its heyday; then his return to shipbuilding in Newcastle. Now in retirement in Northumberland he describes:-
How merchant shipbuilding sank without trace despite large subsidies
The ‘head in the sand’ philosophy of management and unions towards foreign competition
Why research and development fared better having more adaptable and progressive personnel
The glorious days when shipowners were in their prime before their rapid and ignominious collapse
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'... should be required reading for all present-day students of naval architecture' -- Ian W Dand
'... this book gives a remarkable inside view of the collapse of British shipbuilding and shipowning' -- Marine News - World Ship Society
'...very interesting reading... Marshall has the knack of explaining ship terms in ways a layman will find easy to follow' -- Eric Tupper
'A blend of personal reminiscences including his family and religious beliefs, and matters of national and international importance in shipping' -- Northumberland Gazette
'a hard-hitting book by a real professional... one of the most interesting I have read for a long time' -- The Maritime Channel
Marshall Meek was the chief naval architect and director of Ocean Fleets. He perfected the design of the fast cargo liner, then designed the first ocean-going purpose built containerships that revolutionised shipping.
He was deputy chairman of British Maritime Technology, chairman of Argonautics Maritime Technologies and chairman of the DSAC Marine Technology Board. He was visiting professor in naval architecture at the University of Strathclyde and also president of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
He now lives in retirement in Rothbury, Northumberland with his wife Elfrida.
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Book Description Model Aeronautical Press, 1956. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Poor. 1st Edition. 1st Edition Hardback, d/j is a little tatty, very small pieces missing from faded spine and back cover, nicked, bumped and scuffed, Internally v/g. We also have a copy of the 1957-1958 Annual. Seller Inventory # 624
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004436171
Book Description The Memoir Club, County Durham, UK, 2003. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Signed by author 'Best wishes, Marshall Meek, 22.1.04' to title page. Very good hardback in very good jacket. Small bump to one cover corner. Minor wear to jacket. --- General information: please email for any more information or condition photos. There may be other minor faults not included here, but this description should include all important points and convey accurately the overall conditon of the book(s). We are happy to give a more detailed description (by volume where applicable) on request. Posted next day (Mon-Fri) from the UK. We normally post by Royal Mail 1st class within the UK, but may use a slower service for books over 1kg or multiple orders or a tracked service for higher value orders. We normally post by Royal Mail Airmail for overseas deliveries, and may request additional postage (at cost) for heavier books or for tracking (buyers always have the option to cancel the order if we do so). Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 006018