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 30,927 individual entries, an example is :

 Conducting their business in Great Waters around the end of July 1965.

ALBANY from London, at Nassau, 29 July

AMERICAN RELIANCE left Rotterdam 30 July for London 

ARAGON at Las Palmas 30 July for London 

BARADINE at Aden 29 July for London 

BEAVERFIR left Toronto 29 July for Detroit 

BENARMIN left Nagoya 30 July for Kobe 

BENMACDHUI at Hong Kong 30 July for San Fernando 

BENREOCH left Port Said 30 July for London 

CANBERRA STAR at Brisbane 29 July from London 

CARINTHIA at Liverpool 30 July from Montreal 

CHANTALA left Middlesbrough 30 July for Karachi 

CHINKOA left Bilbao 29 July for London 

CITY OF KHARTOUM at Cochin 30 July for London 

CITY OF LIVERPOOL at Tanga 29 July for Beira 

CITY OF PERTH at Liverpool 29 July for Belfast 

CITY OF RIPON left Middlesbrough 29 July for Yokohama 

CITY OF WELLINGTON left Singapore 29 July for London 

CITY OF WINNIPEG at Suez 28 July for London 

DEVIS left Montevideo 28 July for Buenos Aires 

EDINBURGH CASTLE left Durban 30 July for Southampton 

HEREFORDSHIRE at Durban 29 July for Beira 

IBERIA STAR at Las Palmas 30 July for Buenos Aires 

INTERPRETER left Kingston (Jamaica) 29 July for Tampico 

KADIEK left Las Palmas 30 July for Douala 

KENYA at Naples 30 July for Durban 

LYCIA left Chicago 29 July for Liverpool 

MAHSEER at Middlesbrough 29 July for Chittagong 

MEDIC left Hamburg 29 July for Liverpool 

MEGANTIC left Lyttelton 29 July for London 

NIEUW AMSTERDAM left Southampton 30 July for Rotterdam 

PENDENNIS CASTLE at Southampton 30 July from Durban 

PORT AUCKLAND from London at Hobart 30 July

PORT CHALMERS left Rotterdam 30 July for Tokyo 

QUEEN MARY left Cherbourg 29 July for New York 

SANTONA left Montreal 29 July for Hamilton (Ontario)

SOUTH AFRICAN TRADER left London 29 July for Beira 

STAFFORDSHIRE at Port Said 29 July for Rangoon 

TANTALLON CASTLE left Hamburg 29 July for London 

TASMANIA STAR at Adelaide 30 July for London 

UGANDA at Gibraltar 30 July for London 

URUGUAY left Las Palmas 28 July for London 

WELLINGTON STAR at Auckland 30 July for London 

WINDSOR CASTLE left Cape Town 29 July for Durban

 WOODARRA left Hamburg 29 July 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 100 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 

Meadowside Dry Dock and River Kelvin

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

Rothesay Dock, Clydebank, and Pudzeoch (Renfrew)

Bridge Wharf and Clyde Place Quay, Glasgow, passenger vessels 1930s to 1950s

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

Ben Line 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

Vessels repaired in the Clyde during 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 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.