When the war ended in 1945, Scottish shipyards boomed under the demand for building new warships and refitting regular vessels that had been adapted for military use. Clydeside no longer had to compete with German and Japanese shipyards, which had been destroyed by allied bombing during the war.

First broadcast:
3 February 2005

Compare conditions and the amount of work in shipyards before and after World War II. Did the war result in an increase? Research the types of work carried out and where orders came from. Were they the result of more domestic orders or from overseas? Look for specific cases where the removal of German and Japanese competition benefitted Scotland’s yards.