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Conventional submarine building at Scott's of Greenock, 1912-1984: with special reference to Australia

Murphy, Hugh and Johnman, Lewis (2003) Conventional submarine building at Scott's of Greenock, 1912-1984: with special reference to Australia. Journal for Maritime Research . ISSN 1469-1957

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This article primarily considers the events surrounding the construction of the predecessor to the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) Collins class conventional submarines, the six boat Oberon-type-Oxley class, built by the private limited company and mixed naval and mercantile shipbuilder, Scott's Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Limited (Scott's) at Greenock on the lower Clyde in Scotland. Taking a purely British perspective throughout, we trace the history of conventional submarine building at Scott's and then briefly look at the post-1945 submarine policy of the Royal Navy, and allude to the history of submarines in the RAN. Thereafter, with the emphasis on Scott's retaining a conventional submarine building capability, we document the company's attempts to do so from the 1960s onwards, including the construction of two submarines for the Chilean Navy, through to the eventual nationalisation of the shipbuilding industry in July 1977 under a state corporation British Shipbuilders, by which stage Scott's had already merged from 1970 with the Port Glasgow mercantile firm of Lithgows Limited to form Scott Lithgow Limited.

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