Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde



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An easy-to-use nostalgic world-wide shipping history website ....... it's free to use ........ it's non-commercial ........there are no adverts......... and there is no need to register to use it.   So far there are 36,286 individual entries on this website .


For example 

 Liberian flagged RUNNER and Gibraltar registered TRITON at Port of Ayr, Scotland

RUNNER is on the right hand side of the image and had arrived at Ayr at 0900 on 26 September 2022 with a cargo of Road Salt from Kilroot (Northern Ireland).  Three hours after this image was taken RUNNER left Ayr for Campbeltown (Scotland) to load a cargo of logs.

TRITON on the left hand side of the image and further back from RUNNER had arrived at Ayr at 1055 on 25 September with a cargo of large cylindrical wind turbine components from Golcuk (Turkey).


another example is Furness Withy's general cargo ship PACIFIC ENVOY which sailed on the Glasgow and Liverpool service to Central America, Panama Canal, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.  


An example is a United States Navy recruiting poster of around 1917.


and a postcard of 1958 showing PENDENNIS CASTLE at Cape Town (South Africa)


and a January 1968 poster by Burns & Laird Lines, Glasgow for their new ro-ro service by LION between Ardrossan and Belfast

and another example is Western Ferries SOUND OF SEIL approaching McInroy's Point, Gourock.

 and in December 1959 the Norwegian cargo ship SUNBEAM, chartered by Saguenay Terminals, arrives in Glasgow with cargo from Canada.


and in 2014 the cruise liner ISLAND ESCAPE was at Mahon (Minorca, Balearics, Spain)


and a 1973 advert by Baste & Lange ship provisions in Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven (Germany)

and April 1966 the Harrison Line's BARRISTER closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for west, south and east Africa.


and a postcard showing an atmospheric view of twilight at Sydney Harbour, Australia. It's very early morning and beautifully calm and the sun rising in the East and bathing the harbour in a soft golden light.


and a 1976 advert by Dairy Lane ship supplies in Hong Kong.

and August 1959 the United States Lines freighter AMERICAN CHIEF arrives in Glasgow with cargo from New York and Boston.


and a postcard of around 1970 of excursion steamer QUEEN MARY 11 at Tighnabruaich on a day pleasure cruise from Glasgow


and April 1966 sailing notice by Donaldson Line for their service by LAURENTIA and GEERTJE BUISMAN from Glasgow to Canada.

And a 1974 poster by Sealink advertising 10 ways to Europe by car or train and ship.


and a novel way for Western Ferries to advertise their Gourock - Dunoon ro-ro service.


and a company postcard of around 1978 of bulk carrier ROS CASTLE of Bamburgh Shipping Company / Sheaf Steam / Ben Line, Edinburgh

and a painting of the Great Lakes steamer MINDEMOYA showing her in the Welland Aqueduct, Canada around 1925.  Contributed by our regular correspondent Mrs. Misty Fennelly, New Jersey, U.S.A. whose father was a pilot on the St. Lawrence.



  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 ships and shipping on the Clyde and often elsewhere and throughout the world.

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 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 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

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



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.