The Shipbuilders – An Anthology Of Scottish Shipyard Life

This could have been called “The People’s Story Of Scottish Shipyard Life” because the author has used so many first hand accounts of those involved in shipbuilding in Scotland during the 20th Century to tell this amazing story. Rather than link the accounts with a narrative each account stands on its own but over the course of the book they build into a fascinating picture of a way of life which has now almost vanished from the shores of Scotland. I particularly liked the way in which Bellamy has chosen the accounts to illustrate many of the jobs within a shipyard as well as some of the dangers faced by those who worked there including the long term nightmare of exposure to asbestosis

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