A mass meeting at the Fairfield Shipyard, 1932.
Like other Clydeside shipbuilders, the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co found great difficulty in winning orders during the Great Depression in the early 1930s. Thousands of men were laid off and the yard's fortunes reached a nadir in 1932, a year in which no ships were built there.
In 1933 the West Yard was closed and the business sold to National Shipbuilders Security for only £30,000. It was subsequently acquired by the Lithgow Group and its fortunes revived from the mid-1930s, as orders for warships were placed as part of the Government's rearmament programme.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums
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