Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde


The vast bulk of data in this site is gleaned from the Clyde Navigation C-TN collection held in the Glasgow City Archives in the Mitchell, North Street, Glasgow, and I am indebted to Dr O'Brien and her archivists for all their assistance and support in my researches of Glasgow, Greenock, Ardrossan, Donaldson Line, William Denny, Fairfields, ...............

Also Glasgow University Business Archives have been exceptionally helpful in providing material from Anchor Line and Ross & Marshall Archives.

And Abigail McIntyre, Curator of Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, has kindly allowed research of their Irvine Harbour Company records.

Additionally, mention must also be made of the friendly and immense assistance given by the Heritage Centre, Saltcoats, for providing the record books and documents of Ardrossan Harbour Company and Ardrossan Dockyard.

And why did this website begin ?

The impetus for creating this site stemmed from the lifelong passion for ships and the Glasgow Docks of two brothers Billy and Terry Kelly, whom I had known from my childhood.

Both boys were born in the 1930s in a tenement block in Govan, overlooking Princes Dock.   From their earliest years they were interested in ships, and wandered around the Glasgow Dockland, collecting information and newspaper cuttings and noting the names of ships.  Both vividly remembered the Donaldson liner "Athenia" sailing from Glasgow in late 1939, and she was subsequently sunk by a German U-Boat, starting the Second World War at sea.

In adulthood, both married girls from the next close in the tenement, and the men considered themselves extremely lucky to have wives who shared their interest in shipping.  The two families continued to live in Govan, and stayed close to each other.   On summer evenings, and every Sunday after attending Church, the families would walk together around the docks, savouring the sights and sounds.

In their later lives both men suffered illness and became quite infirm and, sadly, Billy died in July 2010, and, some months later, Terry, also a widower, was admitted to a nursing home.  He passed away in March 2011.

 At Terry's request, his daughter, Mrs. Caroline MacIntyre, approached me and asked if I would accept the collection of the records of shipping information which both Billy and Terry had collected for over 70 years, to put it on the web for others to see.  This site is the result.

Also, Caroline asked if I could include Terry's favourite quotation, which he used to end all his letters and e-mails; this I was glad to do.

   "To be a Star you must shine your own light, follow your own path and don't worry about the darkness, for that is when stars shine brightest."