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When Earles Shipyard closed in the 1930s East Hull cried. With a huge crane that dominated the skyline, Earles had carved a significant role in British Shipbuilding with ships for the Chilean as well as the Royal Navy from the 1840s.
In this talk, Rob Bell outlines the fluctuating fortunes of British and Global shipbuilding with details on how Hull’s iconic shipyard responded to the shift from wooden ships powered by sails to ironclads powered by steam and then steel ships run on sophisticated turbines. This is a compelling story of how livelihoods depended on how Earles adapted to a changing market.