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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 10 Apr 2006.
Living in Govan in the early 1930's was a paradise for any youngster with an interest in boats, ships or any kind of water transport.
From our vantage point in the swing park next to Govan Pier we could, between "shots" on the swings and roundabouts, watch a constant stream of vessels of all kinds on the River Clyde.
Anchor Line ships on their way to New York or Donaldson Atlantic going to Canada. City Line heading further afield and the Ben Line going where? I cant remember! Then there were the tugs with names like Flying Swallow and Flying Chieftain bustling up and down from/to the docks to TAIL O' the Bank.
Then there were the pleasure steamers to places " doon the watter" and the Burns Laird Line to Ireland. In the few quiet spells we could always watch the CNT ferries taking the opportunity to scuttle back and forth from Govan to the Partick side. From our viewpoint we could see no less than three ferry crossings with another two just out of sight.

It certainly was a very busy river in thes days and it is heartbreaking to see the current state of desolation now obtaining on this stretch of what was once a mighty waterway.
   



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