Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824-1993

Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824-1993

Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824-1993

Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824-1993

Synopsis

The firm of Cammell Laird originated in a boiler works in 1824 before growing and diversifying to become one of a small number of companies worldwide which could build, armour and arm the largest warships from the operations of a single company group. After World War I, it was reconstructed as a naval and mercantile shipbuilder with important financial interests in steel and rolling stock manufacture. Booming activity in World War II and continuing prosperity until the late 1950s was followed by increasing competition and deepening problems. By the 1980s the firm’s remaining steel interests had failed; in 1993 the once great Birkenhead shipyard closed. How and why did the businesses grow, then experience such problems and eventually collapse? This book tries to find answers.

About The Author

Kenneth Warren is Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. He is the author of numerous books, including 'Big Steel: The First Century of the United States Steel Corporation 1901–2001'; 'Wealth, Waste, and Alienation: Growth and Decline in the Connellsville Coke Industry'; and 'Bethlehem Steel: Builder and Arsenal of America'.

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