Well intentioned history of several businesses,
This review is from: Thorny's An Oral History of Vosper Thornycroft's Shipyard Southampton
The Southampton shipyard at Woolston built sailing ships (on one of which a grandfather served) and afterwards steel and GRP vessels for various companies, the RN and various governments abroad. This book gives great access to the working lives and feelings of its employees. Excellent!
There also needs to be a history of the overall operation: design, from JIThornycroft and Peter du Cane, with some Alan Griffith; business, David Brown; management by Sir John Rix; threat from the boys in blue; resolution of same. After that goodness knows! Much of this is blanked out.
The view from the workplace is naturally different from the boardroom, with participants' commitments variable with personal pressures, very different that from the workplace. Some directors were interested in their personal wellbeing, others rightly had a loyalty to the business as a living enterprise.
As an executive director from 1967 to 1978 I can say there is another history to be written. Regrettably some contributions to this book can be interrogated with critical interest.
And about time, if Southampton wants an honest history of the 'yard.
Andrew Shaw, executive director 1967-1968, chairman and Ceo 1978
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