SHIPS OF THE CLYDE
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So far there are 35,681 individual entries, a shortened example is
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Sunday, May 16, 2021 @ 1700
A Tarnished Jewel
A TARNISHED JEWEL
It was in the 1960s when I went to sea in the
British Merchant Navy.
In 1966 I first came to Madras, (now called Chennai)
One afternoon I was in my cabin when there was a
knock on the door.
It was a Nun. She was a European, probably Dutch,
in her early twenties and quite pretty.
She was selling trinkets and explained that she went
around the ships to sell small items. All money was for
the leprosy colony at the large fort on the hillside and
was used to purchase food and clothing and medicines
for the inmates.
The colony was staffed by Nuns and she had been
there for two years. She went to the markets and
used the money collected to buy food and items.
Then to the colony where rattan baskets would be
lowered from the wall and the goods pulled up by Nuns.
This Nun did not go into the fort or colony as her task
was to sell to the ships and supply the food and
necessities and to acclimatise and learn the language
But in another year or so, when her turn came,
she would enter the colony to tend to the lepers,
and would never be able to come back out.
The risk of spreading the disease was too great.
She knew the risk and outcome and that her
life would be short, and had already said goodbye
to her family and friends at home, knowing that she
would never see them again.
And now, about sixty years later, when I sit and think
of things from the past, I still clearly remember the
visit by the young and pretty Dutch woman and
her purpose in life to care for and help the poorest,
starving and most shunned, inflicted and
isolated people in India.
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.
USING THE SITE
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 :
Anchor Line Menus, Timetables, Advertising Posters, arrivals & sailings, etc.
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 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
CAN YOU HELP WITH THIS WEBSITE ?
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.