In the year 2000, a conference on the much neglected subject of shipbuilding on the Thames was held at the former shipyard at Nelson Dock. This was organised by Stuart Rankin. Although the size of the event was severely limited by the size of the venue, it was a great success and it was decided to that further conferences on the subject should be held. Three more were organised, two by Roger Owen and one by Rif Winfield. The Docklands History Group subsequently took over the organisation of these conferences and hosted their first in February 2012. It published the proceedings of this is 2013. Copies are still available.
The following papers, read on that day, are included in the proceedings which were edited by Chris Ellmers.
Foreshore Archaeology: Thames Shipbuilding and Breaking
Gustav Milne and Eliott Wragg
The Mysterie of the Shipwrights
Gordon and Company, Deptford: Discovering a lost London Shipyard
Artists and the Thames Shipyards
Pieter ven der Merve
Thames Sailing Barges and their Builders
Richard Hugh Perks
John Scott Russell and the Construction of HMS Warrior
Maudslay, Sons and Field’s Greenwich Shipyard
The Social and Economic Impact of the Closure of Thorneycroft’s Yard, Chiswick in 1909.
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Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on Shipbuilding on the Thames