Another service sprang up between Govan and Partick, with the impetus coming
from cattle drovers wishing to cross the river to reach their markets, although
it seems hard to believe that two of the most industrialised and urban areas of
the entire country once stood with cattle passing through the streets.
it was with the rapid growth of the 19th Century and the increasing role the river
played in the life of the city at that time that the ferries across the Clyde
really took off, and by the end of that century there were eight in operation.
|A ferry on the Lower Clyde|
of the ferries' main traffic was bringing shipyard workers from their homes to
the yards and back again, and in fact, some of the ferries went directly to jetties
at particular shipyards.
However, just as with their rise, the decline
of the Clyde led to the end of the ferries as well. By the 1960s the lessening
of traffic had led many to close, and the extension of cross-river road traffic
via the Clyde Tunnel and Kingston Bridge sounded the death-knell for the river
The last ferry to cease operations was the Kelvinhaugh Ferry in
1982, although the Govan Ferry had come out of retirement in 1978, serving as
a free mode of transport between Govan and Partick while the Glasgow Underground
was refurbished. Today, there is continued talk of bringing a ferry back into
use on the Clyde, although at the moment the only ferry active on the river is
the Renfrew Ferry, which stands perpetually moored as a floating nightclub.
Directions: It's now a straight path all the way along to the Suspension
Bridge at the end of the walk.