Doris Forsyth: Britannia’s Bookkeeper and Only Female Stockman

Doris Forsyth stood out as a ‘woman among men’ during her years at Britannia Shipyards. The bookkeeper from 1972 to 1977 and a stockman from 1977 to 1980, she was the only female employee on site in a trade dominated by men. Known for her wit as well as her organizational skills, Doris recalls that George Olsen, manager when she applied for the job, told her it just wouldn’t be possible for her to work there because they didn’t have a bathroom on site. “Well, why can’t you build one?” was her reply. And so they did, just for her. Doris recalls, “I had the same hours as the men did. I think it was 8:00 to 4:00 or 4:30 or something like that. I belonged to their union, and therefore I received

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