Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde



                                                An easy-to-use nostalgic shipping history website ....... it's free ........ it's non-commercial ........there are no adverts......... and there is no need to register to use it. 

So far there are 13,803 individual entries relating to ships and shipping in Glasgow and the Clyde and worldwide, - British and foreign vessels - Passenger Liners, cargo ships, container ships, tramps, tankers, coasters, puffers, tugs, Clyde steamers, harbour craft, Naval ships, shipbuilding, etc  ........ and more details are added every day.

 An example  :  Conducting their business in Great Waters at beginning of May 1955

 ALSATIA left Norfolk (Virginia, USA) May 1 from Baltimore

AMSTELKROON at Dunedin May 1 from Glasgow

ARUNDEL CASTLE left Madeira May 1 for Durban

BENALDER left Penang May 1 for UK

BENLAWERS left Port Swettenham May 2 for UK

BENMACDHUI at Le Havre May 2 for London

BENNEVIS at Port Swettenham May 2 for UK

BENRINNES left Singapore May 1 for UK

BENVORLICH at Manila May 1 for UK

CALEDONIA at Suez May 1 for UK

CANTON left Port Said May 1 for London

CHUSAN at Hong Kong April 30 for London

CILICIA left Aden April 30 for Bombay

CITY OF GLASGOW at Bombay May 1 from Liverpool

CITY OF LICHFIELD at Suez April 30 for Liverpool

CLAN MACDOUGALL left Melbourne May 1 for Glasgow

CLAN MACLEOD at Colombo May 2 from Glasgow

DEVONSHIRE left Gibraltar May 2 for Liverpool

DILWARA left Malta April 30 for Southampton

DUNERA left Singapore April 30 for Southampton

ELYSIA left New York April 30 for Glasgow

EMPIRE CLYDE left Suez May 1 for Hong Kong

EMPIRE FOWEY at Southampton May 1 from Hong Kong

FRANCONIA left Greenock April 30 for Quebec

MAHOUT at Port Said May 2 for Calcutta

ORONSAY left Port Said May 1 for London

ORSOVA at Naples May 2 for Sydney

RUSTENBURG CASTLE left Durban April 30 for Beira

SAXONIA left Montreal April 30 for Liverpool

SCYTHIA at Quebec April 30 from Southampton

STRATHAIRD left Suez May 1 for Sydney

STRATHEDEN left Fremantle May 2 for Brisbane

STRATHMORE left Fremantle May 2 for London

 TASMANIA STAR left Wellington April 30 for London


Hello and thank you for visiting this website


        The aim of this nostalgic website is to record the visits of vessels to Glasgow Docks and the River Clyde and other ports in Britain and often worldwide, generally through the years 1950 to 1975 and sometimes earlier and sometimes later, and to describe any events of local shipping and overseas interest - and vessel movements at other Clyde ports and harbours, and memories from the docks and yards and dry-docks.                 Such a free and vastly detailed store of information will be of immense assistance to researchers, historians, enthusiasts and the general public who may need to find information on certain ships and shipping on the Clyde and often elsewhere.

It is intended to add items on a daily basis. There is an enormous amount to do, and it will take time.


The primary search facility is by the "Search Events" tab.   Just click on that tab, put in the dates you want to view, either as a single date, or, as a general sweep, as for example 10th March 1960 to 15th September 1968.  If you want the listings for a particular ship then select the ship's name from the "Ships" tab.   Then just click on "Show full details."  If you want to see all the ships entries for a certain period of time then just leave the "Ships" field empty and click "Show full details"

The "Latest Events" tab shows the latest 30 most noteworthy listings added to the website, but there are very many other everyday listings which are added to the site and which are not shown on "Latest Events."

The "Ships" tab simply shows the names of the vessels currently on the site, but more ships are being added as the entries progress.  Information or details on all the vessels will be most gratefully received, and would be added to the website.

Vessel arrivals and sailings and articles are often input in a varied basis, very often at the specific request of a viewer.   Generally speaking, entries so far (including those which are being planned and prepared) include :

KGV Dock, Shieldhall Riverside and Shieldhall Wharf, Glasgow

General Terminus, Kingston Dock, Bridge Wharf, Springfield and Mavisbank Quays, Glasgow

Queen's Dock, Stobcross and Yorkhill Quays, Glasgow

Elderslie Drydocks dockings and undockings, Glasgow 

Broomielaw, Lancefield, Anderston, Clyde Place and Custom House Quays, Glasgow

Merklands and Meadowside Quays, Glasgow 

Prince's Dock, Plantation Quay, Govan Dry-Docks, Glasgow 

Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, and Pudzeoch (Renfrew)

Ardrossan Harbour

Ardrossan Shipyard and Drydock

Ayr and Troon Harbours

Ross & Marshall coastal vessel diaries

Bowling Watch House and Bowling Harbour, River Clyde

Dunglass and Old Kilpatrick oil depots, River Clyde 

Arnott Young Shipbreakers at Dalmuir, Glasgow

Govan Watch House, Glasgow

Irvine Harbour 1950's to 1990's

Donaldson Line archive material and their vessel diaries

Clyde Pilot Handbook of 1930

Burns & Laird vessel diaries and material

Ailsa Shipyard at Troon

Anchor Line's SIDONIA maiden voyage in 1961

Anchor Line's choice pilots at Glasgow from 1960's

Patrick Henderson (Paddy Henderson) Line material.

Greenock ship movements

Clyde steamers attending Liners at Greenock from 1945 to 1948

Clyde steamer timetable for 1955

Clyde Emergency Port Anchorage in WW2

Transatlantic ship diaries for before 1900

Articles about shipping from 1850 to the present day

and very many vessel movements worldwide 1950's to 1980's


As you will appreciate, there is a massive amount of information still to be input, and if you can help to key the data to the site (the data will be provided to you), or have details of any of the ships or paintings or images which you can contribute, please contact us at the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the page.

ALSO while transcribing material, it is sometimes hard to read some ships names, places, etc, and the "difficult to read" items are shown in the "Comments/Can you help" section.   Any assistance you can give in clarifying them will be gratefully appreciated.  

DISCLAIMER:   Although every attempt is made to ensure complete accuracy, I cannot accept responsibility for any losses incurred due to errors or mistakes within.   Data has been sourced from many places and contributors and therefore can be subject to errors.   It is the individuals own responsibility to double check all information. 

Lastly, I am personally unable to conduct research on behalf of viewers, due to the time required in keeping this website updated.   However, any requests for research or assistance or specific queries can be placed in the "Comments/Can you help" section for other viewers to assist.