Records of the Confederation of Sailmakers/Shipconstructors and Shipwrights Association (Hull Sailmakers Branch)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

These papers were purchased in May 1976 from K Books of Allerthorpe. They consist of two contributions books 1908-1942, a minute book 1941-1949, a cash book 1941-1951 and two unused books one of them dated 1957.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Federation of Sailmakers formed in 1890 and had eleven branches in the 1900s, one of them in Hull, and the collection contains the earliest contributions book for the branch. The Federation continued into the 1920s before becoming the Amalgamated Union of Sailmakers which ceased to exist in 1971. The Hull branch was absorbed into the Shipconstructors and Shipwrights Association which had originated in 1872 as the Associated Society of Shipwrights with Alexander Wilkie (1850-1928) as general secretary from from 1882-1928. Many amalgamations followed in the twentieth century, the last major one in 1963 when it amalgamated with the United Society of Boilermakers, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers and the Associated Blacksmiths, Forge and Smithy Workers Society to become the Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers (Marsh & Ryan, Historical directory of trade unions, ii, pp.77, 84; Bellamy & Saville, Dictionary of labour biography, iii, pp.206-8).

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Bellamy, Joyce & Saville, John, Dictionary of labour biography, iii, (1976).

Marsh, Arthur & Ryan, Victoria, Historical directory of trade unions, ii (1984)