Auld Hands: The Story of the Men Who Made Belfast Shipyards Great

Auld Hands: The Story of the Men Who Made Belfast Shipyards Great

By: Tom Thompson (author)Paperback

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The story of shipbuilding in Belfast is known throughout the world: the great ships, including Titanic, HMS Belfast and SS Canberra; the towering cranes; its contribution to making Belfast a great industrial city. Less well known, but just as fascinating and illuminating, is the remarkable story of the Islandmen - the men who worked in the shipyards and built the world-renowned vessels. Author Tom Thompson comes from a proud line of shipyard workers. In 1949, aged sixteen, he started work at Harland and Wolff's Joiners' Shop. He found himself in a new world, of apprentices and Gaffers, Hats and Bulkies; where lunchtime religious services ran alongside illegal gambling, and where hard graft and good craic went hand in hand. This book is a first-hand account of the close-knit community that flourished in the yards, and a wonderful compendium of memories that captures the spirit of a bygone era and provides a fascinating slice of social history.

About Author

Tom Thompson is from Belfast. In 1949 he became an apprentice in Harland & Wolff's Joiners' Shop, where he worked for almost nine years. He spent twenty-eight years with the Civil Aviation Authority as an Air Traffic Engineer before retiring in 1993, and in 1985 he set up the family business, Bargain Books. He is co-author of Standing Room Only: Memories of Belfast Cinemas.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780856409110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780856409110
  • weight: 252
  • ISBN10: 0856409111

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