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 12,637 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, etc  ........ and more details are added every day.

 An example  :  Arrivals and Sailings at Queen’s Dock, Yorkhill, and Stobcross Quay, Glasgow, 1st -10th May 1965


1st May 1965

0810   General Steam’s RINGDOVE arrives in Queen’s Dock from Tonnay Charente via Dublin and Liverpool

1430   Tank Landing Craft 4041 ABBEVILLE arrives at 52 Stobcross Quay from Dalmuir Basin

1925   Everard’s coaster SINGULARITY arrives at Queen’s Dock from Gothenburg


2nd May 1965

1735   Saguenay’s SUNHILL leaves Queen’s Dock with a general cargo for Barbados via Liverpool


3rd May 1965

0510   Tank Landing Craft 4041 ABBEVILLE had loaded 1 boiler of 180 tons, total cargo 200 tons, then left 52 Stobcross Quay for Porvoo (Finland) via Helensburgh (Firth of Clyde)  

1515   Degaussing vessel DCV 401 arrives at 54 Stobcross Quay from Greenock

1700   RINGDOVE leaves Queen’s Dock for Bordeaux via Liverpool


4th May 1965

0025   Hain’s TREMORVAH arrives at 62 Stobcross Quay from Manchester

1125   ROBERT DUNDAS arrives at Queen’s Dock from Holyhead via Greenock

1550   GRETE SKOU leaves West Basin, Yorkhill, for New Orleans via Swansea

1710   SINGULARITY leaves Queen’s Dock for Preston

2332   Anchor Line’s SIDONIA leaves Yorkhill Quay for New York


5th May 1965

1005   HOPPER NO. 26 towing a Diving Bell arrives in Queen’s Dock from Elderslie

1050   Oiler CLYDE ENTERPRISE arrives alongside TREMORVAH to bunker her with fuel oil

1300   Oiler CLYDE ENTERPRISE leaves TREMORVAH for Prince’s Dock

1610   Tank cleaner TULIPBANK arrives in Queen’s Dock from King George V Dock

1710   ROCKHAMPTON STAR arrives at 58 Stobcross Quay from Govan Dry Dock


6th May 1965

0010   GRECIAN leaves Queen’s Dock for Famagusta via Liverpool

0320   TREMORVAH leaves Stobcross Quay with whisky and general cargo for Wilmington (Delaware, USA)

0515   CAXTON arrives at 62 Stobcross Quay with newsprint from Dalhousie (Canada)

1515   Moss Hutchison’s KYPROS arrived in Queen’s Dock from Cadiz

1910   ROBERT DUNDAS leaves Queen’s Dock with Government Stores for Belfast


7th May 1965

0810   TULIPBANK leaves Queen’s Dock for Prince’s Dock

0830   Floating crane NEWSHOT arrives in Queen’s Dock from King George V Dock

1500   NEWSHOT leaves ROCKHAMPTON STAR at Stobcross Quay for Prince’s Dock

1605   HOPPER NO. 10 arrives in Queen’s Dock from River

1655   FAIR HEAD arrives in West Basin, Yorkhill, from Liverpool

1810   Dredger ELDERSLIE arrives in Queen’s Dock from River


9th May 1965

0430   FAIRWAY arrives in Queen’s Dock from Messina via Avonmouth

1730   ROCKHAMPTON STAR leaves Stobcross Quay for Cape Town via Liverpool

1830   Cunard’s ANDANIA berths at 5 Yorkhill Quay from New York via London

1950   FAIR HEAD leaves West Basin, Yorkhill, with general cargo for Detroit and Chicago


10th May 1965

0730   POLARIS arrives in Queen’s Dock from Hamburg and disembarks 6 passengers

0852   Dredger ELDERSLIE leaves Queen’s Dock for River

1450   Oiler CLYDE ENTERPRISE comes alongside CAXTON to bunker her with fuel oil

1610   Oiler CLYDE ENTERPRISE leaves CAXTON after bunkering her with fuel oil

1755   Puffer SKYLIGHT arrives in Queen’s Dock from Furnace with Granite Chips

1935   KYPROS leaves Queen’s Dock for Tripoli via Liverpool

2035   MICHALIOS X arrives in Queen’s Dock from Antwerp 




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

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.