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