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Cammell Laird Shipbuilders

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Cammell Laird Shipbuilders

Cammell Laird, based in Birkenhead, was one of the most famous names in shipbuilding in the past two centuries. The renowned company came about following the merger of Laird, Son & Co of Birkenhead and Johnson Cammell & Co of Sheffield at the outset of the 20th century. Although the company is gone, it is still worth remembering this legendary shipbuilder as an Icon of England. Many famous ships have been launched down Cammell Laird's slipways into the River Mersey. Sadly, in 1993 the company produced its final ship - the HMS Unicorn submarine. Its site is now used as a ship repair yard by North Western Ship Repairers Ltd. A sad end to a world-famous British shipbuilder.

Alex Naughton

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Cammell Laird is a name and place that is almost mythical in the shipbuilding world, and industry in general. I'd rather see Cammell Laird than stonehenge anyway (just as I would with Swanhunters than the Roman thing near by). But Cammell Laird is a British icon, as the shipbuilding industry is British, not English, or Scottish, etc. Cammell Laird has its roots and connections in Scotland, and England, just like the other Great British yards like Swan Hunters, John Browns, Harland & Wolff to name but a few. If we still had real vision, instead of waterfront development ideas, this yard would be building cruiseships, and other ships now. Maybe it will again (never say never again, there is no such thing), and be able to add to its iconic status which it has had for years.
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