NIWM Lecture Series 2019 / The Shipyards at War – John Lynch

When:
12/09/2019 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019-09-12T19:00:00+01:00
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Where:
Northern Ireland War Memorial
21 Talbot Street
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Northern Ireland War Memorial
02890320392

NIWM Lecture Series 2019

The Shipyards at War

John Lynch

Thursday 12th September 2019 at 7.00pm

Northern Ireland War Memorial

In the First World War, materials were diverted to yards with naval construction projects, men flocked to enlist and the Belfast shipyards were brought to a standstill in the early months of the war. It was not until the latter half of the war that the need for replacement merchant tonnage was recognised and the yards on the Lagan received priority.

When war came again in 1939, the same mistakes were not to be made. The experience of the Belfast shipyards served to illustrate how well prepared Britain was for a major conflict in 1939 but also that errors could still be made.

A final aspect of this lecture will be the experience of the ships built on the Lagan, stories that illustrate the horror, and the sometimes shocking futility, of maritime warfare of the twentieth century.

John Lynch is a former lecturer at Queens University, Belfast and is the author of ‘Belfast Built Ships’.

FREE EVENT – NO BOOKING REQUIRED

Northern Ireland War Memorial

21 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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