Hall Russell Remembered
Aberdeen ship building history goes back centuries, but the first record of a ship being built in Aberdeen is in 1609, exactly 400 years ago when Alexander Davidson launched the 'Bonaccord' from his Trinity Friars yard, which stood where the bottom of Guild Street is today. Hall Russell however was founded much later in 1864, initially building engines and boilers; however in 1867-8 they built thier first ship. Opportunely the Suez Canal opened in 1869, and from this date steam took the place of sail. At this point in time Hall Russell had the capability to build engines and ships, which many other shipbuilders didn't. This gave them an advantage in the marketplace, which indeed they took full advantage of. This book gives an insight into the history of Hall Russell's shipyard and also gives details of a small selection of the wide variety of ships built by Hall Russell during their 128 years in business
Author: Stanley Bruce Bsc, I.Eng, I.Mar.Eng, MIMarEST.
About the author. Stanley Bruce gives a super account about the working of this famous shipyard. He should know because he served his apprenticeship as a ship draughtsman there and held the position of Assistant Construction Manager (1980 to 1991)
The book is A5 size and comprises of 56 pages with more than 56 photographs/illustations/drawings some of which are in colour