A Salute to Sidelaunchings
A tribute to The Collingwood Shipyards
by George Czerny
About the Book
A Salute to Sidelaunchings, by Canadian writer-photographer, George Czerny, tells the story, through historic photographs, of unique sidelaunchings at the now-closed Collingwood Shipyards. This industry was the economic backbone of the Collingwood and district community for 103 years. This 20-page book draws 20 photographs, some in colour, some in black and white, from George Czerny's previous book, "The Collingwood Shipyards", which provides more photographs, as well as many stories, about this shipyards which closed in 1986. The author considers both books will keep the shipyards' memory alive and be a tribute to the women and men who worked at the Collingwood Shipyards. A Salute to Sidelaunchings features photographs, most of them in colour, which can never be taken again, as well as aerial views of the shipyards; as that area of Collingwood (Ontario, Canada) harbour looked like back then and now. A Salute to Sidelaunchings is a small book, but it makes a powerful splash - so to speak - with its excellent photographs.
George Czerny-Holownia has been writing for more than four decades under the name George Czerny. He spent almost 30 years in the newspaper business, starting as a reporter/photographer and then taking on any challenges thrown at him in a newsroom. He moved on from being managing editor of a daily newspaper to becoming the publisher and general manager of the then-weekly newspaper, The Enterprise-Bulletin in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. A 14-year stint at the helm of this community newspaper put him in close proximity with small-town community life and the then-busy (but now closed) Collingwood Shipyards about which he has written. Mr. Czerny married Nancy in 1968. They live in Collingwood, Ontario. George and Nancy have two sons, Stephen and Douglas, and five grandchildren to whom The Collingwood Shipyards book is dedicated. George has published four books using the Blurb system and enjoys sailing in his spare time.