Biggest of its type in Europe
Today’s official opening of the new Appledore shipbuilding facility is part of an overall success story which is almost without parallel in the shipbuilding world and it marks Appledore Shipbuilders Limited as one of the most outstanding companies of its kind in Europe.
Just over seven years ago the future of shipbuilding on this part of Torridgeside hung delicately in the balance. The yards operated by the long established firm of P K Harris & Sons were closed, nearly 400 men lost their jobs, and the future looked black.
But from the ruins Appledore Shipbuilders Limited was formed, to be incorporated into the Court Line Group in 1964, and from that time on it has been a story of ever increasing progress – a story reflected in the fine record of producing an average of ten ships a year.
Article dated January 1970