Building Mending Ships
Almost all major ports and many minor ones had yards where ships are built or repaired. Indeed, in some ports - notably those on the River Clyde in Scotland - building ships became more important than handling cargo or passengers.
How shipbuilding and repairing comes to ports
Work for ship repairers - a damaged hull
Initially, shipbuilding began in ports because there lived the industry`s customers, the shipowners. Another reason was that ships using a port constantly need repairs, which require much the same skills as shipbuilding. Ship repairing was often a more certain business than shipbuilding. An owner could postpone building new ships if times were hard. However, they could not so easily put off repairing a damaged ship. Ship building and repairing were therefore often combined.