But few of us will appreciate the humour as much as Glasgow's shipbuilders.
"Reports of my death," the American writer famously said, "are greatly exagerrated".
The same thing could be said by almost any of the men and women who work on Clyde yards.
Our story about the latest hi-tech Type 45 destroyer to leave our great river surely proves this.
HMS Defender is probably the most sophisticated warship ever made in this city. In 2012, not 1912.
It bristles with technology.
HMS Defender can – at the same time – track 1000 warplanes and relay live Scottish football matches to its crew wherever they are on the globe.
Today – for the first time – we lift the lid on the ship, said to be the most deadly in the fleet with our own exclusive tour.
What our pictures show is a testament to the skills and ingenuity of Glasgow's workforce.
The contribution of Clyde workers has not escaped HMS Defender's 200-strong crew.
They will spend months at sea at a time. And they know they may well come to depend on the workmanship of Scottish engineers for the lives.
Clyde shipbuilding dead? Now that is an exaggeration.