In 1914, Britain was a leading force in the shipbuilding industry. Although the industry benefited from the need to replace destroyed stock after the First World War, it was hit badly by depression and war in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The industry enjoyed a period of resurgence from 1945, but declined drastically from 1960.
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