Industrial Archaeology / History / Steam Engines Rivet Lad – Lusty Tales of Boiler Making in the Lancashire Mill Towns of the 1960s.

Rivet Lad – Lusty Tales of Boiler Making in the Lancashire Mill Towns of the 1960s.

Rivet Lad – Lusty Tales of Boiler Making in the Lancashire Mill Towns of the 1960s.
SKU SKU16563
Weight 1.20 kg


Alan McEwen, A4, Hb, 183pp, on high quality paper, with 145 monochrome photographs.consists of 13 chapters:

I was a bit cautious when I read in the title "Lusty", however how wrong I was, yes there are personal stories but they are surrounded by fantastic photographs and technical details and to be honest anyone with an interest in the subject should have a copy
Review by Alwyn Rogers, Mill Engineer, Queen St. Mill Museum, Burnley
In his new book ‘RIVET LAD’, Alan McEwen’s boundless enthusiasm for the topic shines through brighter than a white-hot rivet! In his eloquent, narrative style, Alan takes the reader on a fascinating journey back to the 1960’s where he delves into the smoky, grimy and thoroughly hard graft working life of a young and enthusiastic Boiler Maker to bring the reader, not only a highly entertaining, but very accurate historical accounts, and gritty down-to-earth perspective of life in a busy boiler repair squad. Alan is not only a Master Boiler Maker, but is also a well-acclaimed published author and a highly respected industrial historian which enables him to fill each chapter with scenes and colourful quotes that lend themselves to successfully offer first-hand accounts, and a deep working insight, into a little known or understood facet of the north of England’s once glorious industrial past, while at the same time bringing back to life memory-provoking scenes of a young fresh faced ‘RIVET LAD’ quickly coming to terms with life in the harsh environment of hard men and working in Lancashire cotton mill and factory boiler houses. I highly commend this top quality, excellently produced publication to anyone whose interests include traditional steam boilers, industrial history or, just want to sit down and enjoy a ‘reet good read’ as Alan would say

OLD GLORY MAGAZINE- NOVEMBER 2017 – Colin Tyson, Editor RIVET LAD – This period may only be fifty to sixty years ago but was a world away from what we have today. Alan takes us back to his days as the youngest member of ‘Carrot Crampthorn’s Squad of boilermakers working on heavy repairs to worn-out Lancashire and Cornish boilers and much more besides. Thirteen chapters setting out different jobs are explained and illustrated through 145 mono photographs which by and large produce well on the art paper. Many of the illustrations are from Alan’s collection of jobs being undertaken and these are nicely laced with photos from back in the day of mills, boilers and workers.
Working with these hard drinking and chain-smoking men gave Alan lessons for life and experience to be master of his own boilermaking career, now carried on by his son following a well-earned retirement.
Be prepared to get your head around the ‘Lancashire Twang’ peppered throughout the book and you too will feel that you are really there amongst the heat, dust and enclosed spaces that was part of the everyday life … and not that long ago.
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