Local people were unsure what to expect. But this rather nondescript gray naval vessel did carry the future for many.
The US Navy base on the Holy Loch was to dominate Dunoon and the Cowal peninsula for the next thirty years. Views of its presence varied. The fears of many locals of the consequences of a nuclear submarine facility on their doorstep were amplified by huge demonstrations against nuclear weapons in the early 1960s. Yet people seemed to welcome the American service personnel and their families and the appeal of American life and glitz was great for many younger residents of a small Scottish town.
Andrene Messersmith, herself a child at the time of the US arrival, has compiled a collection of impressions and memoir from both sides of the Atlantic of what this major change meant to Dunoon.
In the present age
of different power balances in the world, The American Years is a social history
with resonance for today.
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The rights of Andrene Messersmith to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988.
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ISBN 1 902831 6 16
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The American Years - Dunoon & the US Navy
Added on Sunday 5th October, 2003 by Roland at: holyloch.org/shipstore/
A book has been added to the ships store that chronicles the thirty years the US Navy had a base on the Holy Loch. The book contains stories, interviews and personal thoughts of those who were stationed there and the families who lived there. The cost is $20.00 and includes shipping and handling. Get yours today!
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Started on: 18 September 2003
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