Launch Day

LISTEN: Alan Rawson, former plumber & pipe-fitter talks about good wages, especially for boiler-makers

The launch of a ship was always attended by the company directors and their wives, and the traditional duty smashing of a bottle against the side of the ship was always performed by a lady, whether that be a director’s wife, or female member of staff.  Our archive image from around 1960 shows some of the directors and wives on their way to a ship launch.  In the background, you can just make out the building now occupied by ‘Riverview Café’.