Docks and Harbours
GLASGOW and the RIVER CLYDE
Map of Custom House Quay, Clyde Street, Glasgow in 1964
To reach Custom House Quay, which essentially was in the very centre of Glasgow City, small coastal vessels – such as Clyde Puffer lighters – needed to pass under a number of low road and railway bridges and a pedestrian suspension bridge and the vessels had hinged funnels (puffermen called them “lums” = Scottish word for “chimneys”) and also hinged masts which had to be lowered to pass below the bridges.
The extremely observant reader may notice that in the first image, down at the bottom left, is the location of the Crarae Granite Company Limited. There is a small wharf serving this business and it will be seen that there are two berths, numbers 1 and 3.
Why have we mentioned this ?
Simply that if you go over (or under) the adjacent bridge, which is called “King George V Bridge” you would, at that time, have come to the “Bridge Wharf” which is berth number 5, and was the berth where eager citizens boarded the excursion steamers which took them on a stimulating and inexpensive day cruise to such exotic destinations as Dunoon, Rothesay, Tighnabruaich or Arran.
Map of Dunglass Dock and tanker berths at Esso Oil Depot, Dunglass, Bowling, River Clyde in 1964
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