Glasgow And Ships Of The Clyde


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 36,818 individual entries on this website.

 For example

April 1966 and Bristol City's ship GLOUCESTER CITY leaves Avonmouth with business samples to Montreal and Great Lakes ports.


April 1966 and Oranje Line's PRINS WILLEM GEORGE FREDERIK closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for the Great Lakes of North America.


An item contributed by J.A. (San Francisco) for July 1987 when a leaking cylinder damages cargo on Matson container ship LURLINE at Honolulu..


May 1969 and Ellerman's CITY OF OXFORD closes at Birkenhead for receiving cargo for west, south and east Africa.



4th December 2022 and the Gibraltar registered chemical / oil tanker FRANK arriving from Dublin (Ireland) passes Lunderston Bay in the Firth of Clyde and inbound to Finnart (Loch Long) to load a cargo of oil grades for Dublin.


December 1967 and Alfred Holy's PYRRHUS arrives a Glasgow to unload and then load for Japan.


1987 advert by Senator Line.


December 2022 and the Limassol (Cyprus) registered - but owned in Hamburg (Germany) - 1,000 TEU container ship EINSTEIN leaves the Ocean Terminal at Greenock (Scotland) with containers for Dublin (Ireland). 



April 1987 advert by Geest Line for their services from Barry (Wales, U.K.) to the Caribbean.


October 2020 and ARKLOW CLAN arrives at Glasgow and passes the new H.M.S. SPEY


September 2022 and liner COSTA FORTUNA arrives at Greenock.



May 1957 and Alfred Holt's Blue Funnel RHEXENOR (1945-1975) at King George V Dock, Glasgow to discharge and then load for Hong Kong and Australian ports.

August 2020 and Faversham Ship's VITALITY was at Ayr (Scotland) with a cargo of Limestone from Galway (Ireland)


January 1965 and King Line's KING GEORGE on charter to Frank Strick Company loads at Glasgow for ports in the Persian Gulf

September 2020 and Caledonian MacBrayne's ro-ro ferry ISLE OF ARRAN approaches Brodick (Isle of Arran)


February 2021 and SEA RUBY was at Ayr (Scotland) with a cargo of Agriprods from Antwerp.   Does anyone know who her owners were ?



June 1962 and Bolton Steamship's ore carrier RIEVAULX arrives at General Terminus Quay, Glasgow with 13,960 tons of iron ore from Wabana, Canada.


April 1968 sailing notice for Head Line's CARRIGAN HEAD from Glasgow to the Great Lakes of North America. 

   There is a rather wonderful B.B.C. Documentary film which was made in 1967 about the Head Line’s cargo ship CARRIGAN HEAD travelling from Belfast to Detroit and Chicago.

   The film is in black-and-white and about 26 minutes long and is pure nostalgia for the times when vessels worked on the U.K. to Great Lakes run.

   Find it on Youtube  ....


September 1954 and Anchor Line general cargo ship EUCADIA is at Yorkhill Quay, Glasgow to load general cargo and embark 11 passengers for New York.


July 1978 and Ben Line's chemical tanker BENCLEUCH (1976-1989) assists a motor cruiser in distress in the Baltic Sea.



An Anchor Line publicity card of around 1936 for their sailings from U.K. to Gibraltar, Egypt and India.


June 1962 and Netherlands tanker PURMEREND (1957-1972) arrives at Ardrossan Harbour, Scotland) with crude oil from Stanlow (England)



An advert of around 1973 for Wijsmuller Towage and Salvage



27 November 2022 and the 130m long, Marshall Islands registered  bulk carrier LMZ TITAN passes Greenock on her way up the River Clyde to Glasgow with a cargo of grain from Rosario (Argentina).   The vessel had spent two days loading at Rosario, then a day bunkering with fuel oil at the anchorage off the port, then across the South Atlantic to Las Palmas and then to Liverpool where she discharged much of her cargo and now to Glasgow to complete the discharge of the grain.


and a Blue Funnel Line painting postcard of maybe 1950 / 60s depicting their PATROCLUS (1950-1972) passing Gibraltar and homeward bound towards Liverpool.


and a 1968 advert by Australian National Line for their passenger and vehicle ferry EMPRESS OF AUSTRALIA on the Sydney to Tasmania service.



April 1962 and Ellerman's CITY OF CHICAGO closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for South and East Africa.


July 2020 and container ship MSC MANYA arrives at Greenock Container Terminal (Scotland) with containers from Portbury (England)



June 1957 and AMAKURA (1949-1961) of Booker Line of Liverpool closes at Liverpool for receiving cargo for Demerara (Guyana).


The front cover of a Palm Line of London leaflet, probably of around 1976, for their UK / Continent to West Africa service.   The full leaflet is on Latest Entries and also on Search Events dated 1 January 1976.


November 2022 and HAV DOLPHIN (2018- ) a short sea general cargo ship of Hav Shipping A/S of Oslo, Norway was at Ayr, Scotland, with a cargo of Limestone from Galway, Ireland,



May 1956 and Ellerman & Papayanni's SICILIAN closes at Glasgow for receiving general cargo for Malta, Famagusta, Limassol, Larnaca, Tel-Aviv and Haifa.


October 1960 and Adelaide Steamship Company liner MANOORA leaves Sydney on a 17-day cruise to Noumea and Suva.


Questions about Beira (Mozambique)

14 November 2022

From Charlie  (Widnes, England)

   Beira, Mozambique.

My time at sea was with Moss Hutchison Line of Liverpool and was never in East Africa.

I’m interested to read in your site about ships visiting Beira, and have a couple of questions.

1.    The loading notices always say that cargo has to be specially booked and not delivered for shipping until specially called forward.   Why is this ?

2.    How do you pronounce Beira ?   Is it Bear-ah as in the big American bears, or maybe Beira as in Fire-ah?   Or what ?

Thank you, Charlie.


1957 advert by Todd Shipyards Corporation, U.S.A.

January 1967 and Chandris Lines passenger liner QUEEN FREDERICA scheduled to leave Melbourne (Australia) on a Pacific Islands cruise


March 1957 and MANCHESTER VANGUARD closes at Liverpool for receiving cargo for Lisbon, Madeira and Canary Islands


May 1973 and Ben Line's general cargo ship BENCRUACHAN was seriously damaged by a huge wave near Durban (South Africa)


Ross & Marshall daily "Clyde Puffer" diary 4 May 1962



From Colin (Littlehampton, England)

   Many years ago I received this postcard from Hong Kong.   On the back it reads “Ship in Hong Kong Harbour”

Can anyone identify the vessel ?


and 30th January 1955 Chief Officer's Log Book of Runciman Moor Line cargo ship CRAGMOOR on passage Adelaide to Melbourne.


and September 2021 and ARKLOW FUTURE arrives at Port of Ayr, Scotland.


and in March 1960 the Clan Line's KING GEORGE, on charter to Hall Line, Liverpool, closes at Glasgow for receiving cargo for Durban, Lourenco Marques and Beira.


and also in March 1960 the Ben Line's general cargo ship BENALDER leaves Grangemouth for Port Swettenham, Penang, Singapore, Hong Kong and Manila.


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.