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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:18 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Vinny the Mackem wrote:


Hang on .. is that someone sitting on the edge of the bridge?


Yup on the days before elf n safety when not everyone sitting on the edge of a bridge was a jumper and in times when most of them should have been.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

How times have changed! You'd have plod, social workers and psychiatrists all over that these days!
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

As well as a council guy with a clip board doing risk assessment before letting any of them any where near the bridge. Then there would be thier own internal H&S audit to assess the suitability of the situation and awe fuckit she jumped !!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

The pics of the Cyde tunnel brought back memories of when I had the job of replacing the light bulbs in the pedestrian tunnel , the one in which the big water pipe fills half the space. The "ghosts " may be the moisture condensing out of the air .it was always damp and the temperature changed as you went down the steps.  In those days both Rotundas were wrecks and birds and bats and assorted creatures nested in them.  I also remember the job ,on the ferries , of changing the car battery which powered the navigation light. It may be of interest to know that there is another tunnel , more modern, down river of the Southern General Hospital , which also has a great big water pipe running through it it can be walked along but has never been for the general public like the rotunda tunnel.  I have never seen the horse and cart lift used which fed the lower tunnel under the pedestrian one . Before my time !
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Steve Mc wrote:
It may be of interest to know that there is another tunnel , more modern, down river of the Southern General Hospital , which also has a great big water pipe running through it it can be walked along but has never been for the general public like the rotunda tunnel.


This will be the tunnel that Scottish Water are interested in but have had trouble locating
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What a great selection of shots!.. The United Cooperative Banking Society building with its somewhat eccentric style, perhaps was influenced by Templeton Carpet Factory? Some great shots of the Govan and Finnieston ferries... How the area changes... Zaha Hadid's  Riverside Museum is a great testament to where once ships, sheds and sails loomed. Hope the other side of the water gets the much needed revival it needs.... Some shots of Govan  here on my website... and some fantastic Glasgow images by Hugh Hood
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A most interesting set. I remember some of the ships and have info that may help to identify them. The ore carrier VICTORE (a bit of a pun in her name) was a regular visitor in the 70s, built at Sunderland in 1963 for the London-Greek owners Mavroleon Brothers. The iron ore brought upriver to General Terminus was discharged by the large grab cranes into rail wagons for transportation to Ravenscraig steelworks.

The summer 1960 shots of Harland & Wolff, Govan show some of the series of 5 general cargo ships they built for the British India Steam Navigation Co, in various stages of construction. Their launch dates were as follows: BULIMBA 25/9/58; BANKURA 22/1/59; BARPETA 10/3/60; BAMORA 6/9/60; BOMBALA 29/3/61. So the view in Govan basin fitting out together with DAGHESTAN (launched 25/5/60) is most likely BARPETA, as she is in a more advanced state of outfitting. Your view 'on the stocks' is likely to be BAMORA if it is the same time. The vessel just started on the building berth with only a few frames showing may well be BOMBALA.

Your shot from the small CPA ferry set taken 16/3/77 with a passing bunker barge has a unique and unmistakable ship in the distance. Under the Stobcross Crane (also known as 'Finnieston Crane') is the Dutch heavy lift vessel GLORIA SIDERUM. What makes her so unusual is that she was constructed from two existing small ships joined together abreast, by fitting a new deck connecting them. A gap was left between, making her a catamaran and creating a large working deck area. This created a stable lifting platform but also a self-propelled seagoing vessel with ship shape hulls.

I don't remember when it was that CARRICK took the heavy list in your photos. In one shot we see the Wee Manns pub, later better known as the Clutha Vaults and finally just the Clutha, so tragically destroyed by the helicopter crash just over a year ago.

The CALEDONIAN PRINCESS built at Denny's of Dumbarton in 1961 used to operate on the Stranraer to Larne service for British Rail. By the time she was a floating club in Glasgow she was marketed as TUXEDO PRINCESS. She used to attract some pretty rough characters. She also served the same purpose on the Tyne at Newcastle for a while before she was replaced there by another ex BR / Sealink cross-channel ferry, DOVER. In your picture it is good to see a clear view to the CPA building before the Atlantic Quay development at the Broomielaw.

Lots of superb photos. Thanks. That's why I've just joined the forum!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Great informative first post Tom and Welcome  
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Welcome to Urban Glasgow Tom, I am sure I have taken a shot of Tuxedo Princess and posted it on UG
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Tom, wonderful information and many thanks for taking the trouble to post it. Welcome to the forum.

Tom Carreyette wrote:
Your view 'on the stocks' is likely to be BAMORA if it is the same time.

Yes, all the shipyard photos are from the same day, probably within a few minutes of each other in fact.

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I don't remember when it was that CARRICK took the heavy list in your photos.

I've tracked down the date of this (Google news archive) and had been meaning to post it. The Herald reported on Thursday Jan.12 1978 that it had happened the previous night. Explanation given was that an exceptionally low tide had caused the bulwarks which kept the vessel away from the quay wall to slip, and the subsequent high tide left her at that exotic angle. The damage was considerable.
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