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Mass Meeting at Fairfields, 1932

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Mass Meeting at Fairfields, 1932

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.

Reference: 1270.82.362

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

crowds, Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Fairfield Shipyard, Great Depression, mass meetings, National Shipbuilders Security, recessions, shipbuilders, shipbuilding, shipyard workers, shipyards, unemployment

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