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Not Shoreham [Mar. 4th, 2017|12:41 pm]
Tony Grist
My grandfather and father both worked for Blaw-Knox- an engineering firm which originated in the USA and now belongs to Volvo. When the  company's UK base in Rochester closed- folowing a takeover in 1968- my father set up his own company which continued the work of his division under the name John Grist Ltd.

We have quite a few photos in the archive relating to both companies. I particularly like this one because of the boats. I'm guessing at a date in the late 1940s. Someone has written Shoreham on the back and then crossed it out so all we know about the setting is that it could be any port you care to name apart from Shoreham.

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[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-03-06 05:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for finding those.

You're welcome. Do you know who took the photograph? It's a very good composition.

I've been to Greenhithe. There's not much going on there now in the ship-building line.

Where are ships built these days?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-06 09:28 am (UTC)
I've no idea who took the picture. I'm guessing its the work of some pro or semi-pro hired by Blaw-Knox.

I don't think there's much serious ship building going on in Britain these days. A lot of the big yards have closed. I gather there's still some activity in Glasgow and Belfast.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-03-06 08:18 pm (UTC)
I gather there's still some activity in Glasgow and Belfast.

I'm glad they still build them.
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