Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde



      An easy-to-use  local 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 11705 individual and nostalgic 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, ........ and more details are added every day.

 An example  :  Conducting their business in Great Waters 8th, 9th and 10th September 1964   

AMERICAN PRESS at Liverpool September 9 from New York

AMERICAN SCIENTIST left Glasgow September 9 for New York

APAPA at Tema (Ghana) September 9 for Lagos (Nigeria)

AURETIA left New York September 9 for Southampton

BENARMIN left Keelung (Taiwan) September 9 for Kaohsiung (Taiwan)

BENARTY left Zeebrugge (Belgium) September 10 for Suez Canal

BENDORAN left Cebu September 10 for Manila

BENHOPE left Antwerp September 9 for Middlesbrough

BENLARIG at Hamburg September 9 for London

BENLOMOND at Singapore September 9 for Hong Kong

BENMACDHUI at Rotterdam September 10 for London

BENMHOR left London September 10 for Southampton

BENNEVIS at Bangkok September 9 for Rejang (Sarawak)

BENVENUE left Manila September 9 for Rejang (Sarawak)

CANNANORE left Belawan (Sumatra) September 10 for London

CAPE HOWE at Seven Islands September 9 from Glasgow

CARINTHIA left Liverpool September 9 for Montreal

CERAMIC left Auckland September 10 for London

CITY OF NEW YORK at Avonmouth September 9 from Beira

COROMANDEL left Genoa September 8 for Bangkok

EMPRESS OF CANADA at Liverpool September 10 from Montreal

FAIRSEA at Southampton September 9 from Sydney

FAIRSKY at Sydney September 10 from Southampton

GLOUCESTER at Liverpool September 9 from Bowen (Queensland, Australia)

LAURENTIA left Glasgow September 8 for Montreal

MAURETANIA at Southampton September 10 from New York

NELEUS at Aden September 9 from Glasgow

PAPANUI at Fremantle September 10 for Cairns

QUEEN ELIZABETH left New York September 9 for Southampton

QUEEN MARY left Southampton September 10 for New York

RANGITANE at Wellington September 9 from London

RHODESIA CASTLE left Gibraltar September 10 for Durban

RIPON at Seven Islands September 9 from Glasgow

SYLVANIA at New York September 8 from Liverpool

TOWNSVILLE STAR at Aden September 10 for Sydney                               


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        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 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 "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 vessel diary

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 material and vessel diaries

Clyde Pilot Handbook of 1935

Troon Shipyard

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 movements

Clyde steamers 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.