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 17,640 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 in middle of March 1961

ALSATIA left Saint John (N.B.) 15 March for London

ARCADIA at Port Said 17 March for Sydney

ATHENIC left Auckland 17 March for London

BENALBANACH at London 17 March for Grangemouth

BENCLEUCH at Iloilo 16 March for Rejang

BENCRUACHAN left Port Sudan 17 March for Suez Canal

BENLOMOND left Aden 17 March for Singapore

BENLOYAL at Bangkok 16 March for Hong Kong

BENMACDHUI at Hamburg 17 March for Immingham

BENVRACKIE at Hong Kong 17 March for Port Swettenham

BRASIL STAR at Montevideo 16 March for Buenos Aires

CITY OF BRISTOL left Calcutta 16 March for London

CITY OF EXETER at Durban 16 March for London

CITY OF RIPON left Port Said 16 March for London

CORFU left Penang 17 March for London

DORSET at Port Said 15 March for Adelaide

EDINBURGH CASTLE left Southampton 16 March for Durban

HERDSMAN at Beira Roads 15 March from London

IVERNIA left New York 16 March for London

KUMBA at Lagos 16 March on passage from Glasgow to Abonema

LOCH GARTH at San Francisco 16 March for London

NEVASA at Southampton 16 March from Singapore

ORCADES at Melbourne 17 March for Sydney

ORIANA at Suez 17 March for Southampton

ORION at Colombo 17 March for Sydney

ORONTES at Melbourne 17 March for London

PENDENNIS CASTLE left Cape Town 17 March for Durban

ROCKHAMPTON STAR left Adelaide 16 March for Brisbane

ROWALLAN CASTLE at Cape Town 17 March for Southampton

SCHOLAR left Barbados 16 March for London

SOUTH AFRICA STAR left Lourenco Marques 17 March for Beira

STATESMAN at St Lucia 16 March for Grenada

STRATHNAVER at Bombay 16 March for London

SUEVIC on passage Glasgow for Sydney, at Hobart March 17

WARWICKSHIRE at Rangoon 17 March from London

WAYFARER left New Orleans 16 March for Liverpool

WINDSOR CASTLE at Southampton 17 March from Durban

WORCESTERSHIRE at Port Said 16 March for Rangoon







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 

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

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 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.