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Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824–1993$
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Kenneth Warren

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239123

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314131

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Workington, 1883–1909: A Case of Better Rather than Best?

Workington, 1883–1909: A Case of Better Rather than Best?

(p.109) Chapter 7 Workington, 1883–1909: A Case of Better Rather than Best?
Steel, Ships and Men: Cammell Laird, 1824–1993
Liverpool University Press

This chapter evaluates the decision of Charles Cammell and Co. to relocate its steel production plant from Dronfield to Workington in 1883. It highlights the weakening export demand during this time and explains that there were higher costs related to the operation of the Dronfield facility which included royalty and transport costs. This chapter contends that the history of Cammell's Workington operations pointed to serious weaknesses of both the company and the British steel industry.

Keywords:   Charles Cammell and Co, steel production plant, Dronfield, Workington, export demand, steel industry, transportation cost, royalty

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