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The Glasgow Science Centre
The Queen's Dock
Now a shiney-silvery building emblematic of the 'new Glasgow' this was previously the location of the Queen's Dock.

The Queen's Dock was really at the hub of activity on the Clyde 100 years ago. As John Riddell has written:

"The eighty years leading up to the First World War saw Glasgow Harbour undergo massive expansion. In this time the riverside quays were extended along both the north and south banks of the Clyde as far downstream as the neighbouring burghs of Govan and Partick. By 1914 the quays following the line of the river provided nearly 11 miles (17.6 km) of accommodation for all types of shipping."

Across the Clyde from Queen's Dock
Millennium Bridge, across the Clyde from the Science Centre

Four great docks were constructed during this period. The Kingston Dock (where the Kingston Bridge now stands), Queen's Dock (now home to the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre), Prince's Dock (filled in), and Rothesay Dock at Clydebank.

The last being built to handle exports of coal from the many local collieries and imports of iron ore for the steel industry at Motherwell.

Here there were huge engine works and the sound of riveting would have been deafening. Ships would have been moored all around here and the noise of hooters, tugs turning, people shouting etc. The building on the left would have housed the mechanism for the dry dock. Napiers Yard - famous for ship building. 200 years ago the river was unnavigable.

Directions: You are starting your walk at the Glasgow Science Centre on the South Side of the river. Take the Millennium Bridge (or the Bells Bridge next to it) across the river and turn left along the walkway. Walking along the other side of the river you will come to the second point on the walk, the SV Glenlee. You'll then double back on yourself, re-trace your steps and walk back along the river walkway past both bridges and continue on to point three, the Finnieston Crane.

 

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