George Nelson – Plater and Shipwright

George Nelson, former plater at Campbeltown Shipyard, with his apprenticeship certificates from both the Campbeltown Shipyard and the Shipbuilding Industry Training Board. Photo courtesy of Jan Nimmo.

I started work at Campbeltown Shipyard as an apprentice plater and served my time from 1973 -1977. During my apprenticeship I attended Anniesland College.

After completing my apprenticeship I went up to north west Scotland, to work at Loch Kishorn, near Lochcarron. There was a rig afloat on the loch with a crew and welders that were being ferried backwards and forwards. I was part of the shore crew, making various small fabrications which were ferried out to the rig.

I returned to the shipyard after a few months and I worked there until 1979. I worked alongside Willie McIntyre, Martin Coffield, Charlie McPherson, Jan Mohammed, David Wike, Hamish Jackson and Peter Stimpson, amongst many others.

During my time at the shipyard I worked on at least 25 different boats.  I enjoyed my time at the yard – the craic made up for the fumes and the noise!

Here are a few stories from the yard… 

Shipbuilding Industry Training Board Certificate of Craftsmanship – 1978. Courtesy of George Nelson.

Shipbuilding Industry Training Board Certificate of Craftsmanship – 1978. Courtesy of George Nelson.

Apprenticeship Completion Card, Campbeltown Shipyard – 1977.  Courtesy of George Nelson.

Apprenticeship Completion Card, Campbeltown Shipyard – 1977. Courtesy of George Nelson.

 

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  1. Ian CAMPBELL9 July 2019 at 6:05 PM

    Great Memories George i was actually Back in the Canteen There for a Moment what a Fantastic place we had to work in Hard Going At Times but The Craic kept us Going some of the Men should have had there own Comedy TV Show ?

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