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Notebook: Day our heritage went down the slipway Time snookers Clyde's marine heritage

THE HISTORY of modern shipping and shipbuilding began on the Clyde when Henry Bell launched his Comet in 1812; or so I was taught at school at a time when industrial patriotism hadn't been complicated by a more universalist view of human achievement.

Swan Hunter could save hundreds of Govan jobs

HOPES ROSE last night that the Kvaerner Govan shipyard on Clydeside may be purchased by the Tyneside shipbuilders Swan Hunter, saving hundreds of jobs threatened by the yard's possible closure.

Last of the great shipyards may die

Forty years on: The once-thriving heartland of British shipbuilding has sunk into a windswept symbol of a lost age

Town with a heritage trail but no future Even of the off-licence can't get enough trade

IF YOU had followed the tourist board's heritage trail in Govan yesterday, you would have witnessed the end of an era. At site number 13 on the tour stood idle cranes as workers at the UK's biggest merchant shipyard contemplated its likely closure.

Director of Lloyd's broker is banned

LLOYD'S OF LONDON yesterday permanently banned a former director of one of its biggest brokers who misled a client for three years by issuing false debits, inflating insurance premiums by a total of $1m.

Kvaerner ousts chief as debt pile grows

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Protesters arrested at Trident launch

Protesters arrested at Trident launch

Cammell buys Wear dock group for pounds 33m

A FORMER chief naval engineer who singlehandedly kept the shipyards of the North-east alive was pounds 30m richer yesterday after agreeing to sell his ship repair and conversion business.

Vosper shares hit by export delays

SHARES in the British warship builder Vosper Thornycroft fell sharply yesterday after the company warned that several export prospects in the Middle East and Asia were being delayed by funding problems and low oil prices.

Photography: 98 for 98 - The century in photographs Today 1934

This photograph of the huge bow of the Cunander "545", named the Queen Mary, protrudes forward in a powerful image which illustrates its ability to hold sway over the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean liners had grabbed the public's attention with their embodiment of invincibility, and hundreds of people lined the docks of the Clyde to watch the Royal launching ceremony on 25 September 1934. The importance of a liner such as the "545" was manifold: it was an optimistic show of employment opportunities for hundreds of people. As the world's largest liner it gave an affirming nod to Britain's pursual of modern technology, and in the race to break records which was a characteristic of modern development, the liner won the Blue Riband for Britain when it crossed the Atlantic in the record time of three days, and 23 hours, more than half the time of the previous record set by the French liner the Normandie.

Letter: Working for trouble

ir: As your cartoon on 17 December suggests, some miners, dockers, shipbuilders and steelworkers will compare their plight in the 1980s to that of farmers now. Their industries suffered, as now, from foreign competition and their leaders too went cap in hand to successive governments asking for public money.

Letter: Pride of the Clyde

Sir: The decision by the Ministry of Defence to shortlist either Manchester or Leith as the final resting place for the Royal Yacht Britannia (report, 11 December) appears to be based solely on the ability of a wealthy company in each of these places to advance money for preservation. Scant attention seems to have been paid to British maritime heritage issues and more particularly to that of the river Clyde.

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Smaller companies: Cammell Laird's comeback

Amid some of the recent mega flotations, smaller deals have gone almost unnoticed, writes Richard Phillips. Last Monday, with little fanfare, shares in a name from the golden age of British industry resurfaced on the stock market, when dealings began in Cammell Laird.

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