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Glasgow in the 1970s - The River

Have to step outside the 70s for the top and tail of this lot. The first four I took in the course of a day trip, to Rothesay I think it was, probably in the summer of 1960, with two kindly aunts and my first camera, a Kodak Bantam Colorsnap.

Passing a Clyde Pilot cutter (I think - don’t quote me, if you know better let me know and I’ll correct this) at the Fairfield yard. The tenements would have been either Howat St or Elder St.

On the stocks at (I think) the Harland and Wolff yard.

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James H

H & W again (going by the buildings in the distance, we must be upstream of Govan Cross).

H & W definitely - that knowledgeable Mr Google tells me that the ship on the right, the MV Daghestan, was built at Harland & Wolff’s Govan yard in 1960, an 11,000 ton ore carrier for Common Bros. of Tyneside. Being fitted out, presumably. Can’t read the name of the ship on the left.

The linkspan mechanism near the south slip of the Finnieston Ferry. I would guess that it relates to the days when there was a double-deck vehicular ferry as well, or maybe it had another purpose entirely.  July 1975

Finnieston Ferry  approaching the south slip.  July 1975

Finnieston Ferry. There was one of these at each end.  July 1975

Finnieston Ferry.  July 1975

Finnieston Ferry approaching the north slip.  July 1975

Finnieston Ferry leaving the north slip.  June 1975


Finnieston Ferry, six weeks before the axe fell. Google hasn’t yielded much about the MV Victore lying at General Terminus Quay. There’s an Indian container ship company which uses the name for some of its vessels.  March 1977

Glasgow Herald, Saturday April 30th 1977. Notice how in those innocent days the papers routinely printed everyone’s full address.

A random collection of Finnieston Ferry shots from 1977.


Betty’s Bar awaited the drouthy mariner.


The yard of Carse & Holmes Ltd, shipwrights, boat builders and joiners, which was located between the north rotunda and the foot of Finnieston St. Sadly I lacked the brass neck, and the foresight, to go into places like this and a hundred others, and make a really valuable record of businesses, small and large, which were at this time facing extinction due to changing circumstances.

Kelvinhaugh Ferry, which wasn’t withdrawn until 1980,  nosing into the north slip on the outer arm of Yorkhill Quay. There’s a wonderful aerial photo on VM of the ferry approaching the slip, dwarfed by a huge liner (Clan Line?) berthed in the east basin. The ship lying at the quay this time is the MV Staffordshire, a 41,000 ton Liberian-registered bulk carrier belonging to the Bibby Line of Liverpool.

Unlike the Finnieston Ferry which shuttled back and forth straight across the river a bit upsteam from the line of the Harbour Tunnel, about 140 yards,  the Kelvinhaugh Ferry took a comparatively adventurous course, half as long again, diagonally over to the foot of Highland Lane in Govan. At one time it too went straight across, but the expansion of the Graving Docks in the 1880s required the south slip to relocate. The cranes in the distance are those of the Fairfield (or UCS, or Kvaerner) yard. A dozen years before the whole skyline would have bristled with cranes, but Harland & Wolff shut the doors of their Govan yard in 1962. August 1975

Where the Govan Ferry came and went, at the foot of Water Row.  February 1974

The south rotunda of the Harbour Tunnel.  August 1975 (applies to the whole tunnel sequence).

The south entrance. Note the legless ghost beckoning me down (I think) with two fingers.

The ghost. I give you my word, friends, that I haven’t faked this - it’s there on the negative. Never having printed it, I only noticed it after scanning.

Inside the south rotunda.

Looking back up to the south rotunda.

Into the belly of the beast.

Approaching the North Rotunda.

Tunnel-master’s office in the north rotunda.

North rotunda.  June 1975

The Finnieston Crane.  June 1975

Two big ships at General Terminus Quay, as you-know-who paddles homeward on a golden September (1976) evening. The further ship is our old friend the Victore, while the nearer is the MV Ems Ore, about which Google came up trumps. Mutiny!

The Ems Ore was one of 8 [20,000 ton] sister-ships built in 1959/60 specifically for a long-term charter arrangement with Navios Corp. of the Bahamas (a U.S. Steel owned subsidiary) to be used in the iron ore trade between Venezuela and Europe for U.S. Steel interests.  Of the 8 ships built, 4 were owned by the German company Transatlantic Bulk Carriers and registered out of the port of Monrovia, Liberia. These were the Ems Ore, Rhine Ore, Ruhr Ore and Weser Ore.  The other 4 were owned by Polaris Shipping Co., an American company.  These 4 were named the Clyde Ore, Tees Ore, Thames Ore and Tyne Ore.

Of note early in the history of the Ems Ore, on October 1st, 1966 while sailing off the English coast, 3 drunken sailors attempted a mutiny and tried to destroy the ship with an axe and hammers. They were subdued and arrested.

The Ems Ore, with her sister-ships Rhine Ore and Ruhr Ore were acquired by Hall Corporation Shipping Ltd., Montreal, QC in 1976 to carry Labrador ore from Gulf of St. Lawrence ports to the steel mills in Hamilton, ON.

Anderston Quay. May 1987

Clyde St from the Suspension Bridge.  November 1973

Clyde St from Carlton Place.  September 1973.  St Andrew’s has now had its face washed, and has gained some elbow room, some trees and some new neighbours. I don’t think any of the other buildings in this shot are still there. The towering bulk top left was St Enoch Hotel / Station.

The Carrick’s mishap, which occurred on the evening of January 11th 1978.


Clyde St west of the railway bridge, from Adelphi St.  July 1973.  The tenement block, which once contained Clyde St Post Office,  is gone.

Clyde St east of the railway bridge, from Adelphi St. January 1974.  Mostly as was. The large block, which was originally a police station and barracks, is now a Salvation Army hostel, with an extension replacing the low block on the left.

St Andrew’s suspension bridge, with the colossal United Co-operative Baking Society building in McNeil St / Adelphi St.  September 1973

The river upstream of the King’s Bridge.  April 1973.  The neat tenements in Benthall St and Turnlaw St are still there, though barely recognisable after a radical facelift, and look a pleasant place to live. The six-storey building was a bonded warehouse at 546 Ballater St.

A winter afternoon.  December 1975

The Polmadie footbridge, with Greenhead St and Newhall St.  April 1973

The site of Allan’s Pen, with Rutherglen Bridge.  November 1973.  I’m not sure which, if any, of the buildings survive.

The great George Wylie’s straw locomotive, suspended from the Finnieston Crane during the Garden Festival.  August 1988

Fireboat, tram, south rotunda, GGF.  August 1988

Sir William Wallace river-bus, fireboat, GGF.  August 1988

Caledonian Princess during her ten year (1988-98) stint as a floating night-club at the Broomielaw, and the Clyde Port Authority building.  November 1988 Forum Index -> Glasgow in the 1970s
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