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Posted by Norman Dunn on February 16, 2020, 10:44 am
Could we build ships on the Tyne again if we had to? How would we do it if all the ship building generation have gone and houses built on where shipyards once were? eg Hawthorn Leslies will soon be a housing estate. This photo taken from Hebburn riverside was taken by Alan Hobbs. Is he still around?
Re: Remember when?
Posted by Davy on February 16, 2020, 11:45 am, in reply to "Remember when?"
Worked in palmers when it docked, done a double shift and worked through the night hosing the dock bottom down with high pressure hoses. Never again nigh on crippled when finished in the morning.
Re: Remember when?
Posted by John Shearer on February 16, 2020, 3:08 pm, in reply to "Remember when?"
Short answer Norman.....No. We could never compete in todays world markets,
You are so right Joseph. I remember my husband telling me about colleague telling him about job interview in the 1970’s on a Kent Power Station where he was interviewed by the union guy who decided if he could have a job., The unions ruled!
After I left Tyneside I worked at 4 firms similar to Palmers Construction. There was only one minor works problem that lasted 2 days in the late 70’s.
This was that away from Tyneside there were no demarcation problems. That was due mainly because there was not the variations in trades. All the men were steelworkers and all in the same union, No other trades / unions involved.
As I got out of Palmers in out in Dec 1968. I no longer cared what went on in the Yards but just read about them. Up to 1977 I only cared about Reyrolle’s where Dad worked.
I agree with John & Mac,s comments but the real reason is simply cost.I worked for a British Co in Shanghai on a contract to build four vessels in the end they had 28 built with most of them still in service today.It was the same in Korea excellent quality vessels built at half the cost and on time.