This morning I delved into the legacy of Glasgow’s industrial past as manifested in the Port Dundas canal basin. Port Dundas was Glasgow’s most important port until the Clyde was deepened in the early 1800s. This was the west coast terminus of the Forth and Clyde Canal which, when opened in 1790, was the main highway across Scotland and a focus for industry and invention at time of the Industrial Revolution.

Here is an image of a cormorant which seemed quite at ease fishing in what appear to be murky waters but in reality must be relatively clean in order to sustain the fish stocks on which the bird feeds.


This is an image of Spier’s Wharf, a seven story building built in 1866 as the Port Dundas Sugar Refinery and later taken over by the whisky industry. The original cobbled wharves and mooring rings remain today as evidence of the commercial activity which once took place here. The building has now been converted to upscale private apartments.


This video clip shows the derelict area of the canal basin which in its 19th century heyday was a hive of activity and trade.

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