This evening, the theme of my blog posting is Port Glasgow. However, first I will address other daily developments, viz:

Glasgow Weather: Mild, dry and overcast. Virtually all the snow and ice has gone-for the time being!

Scotland Tours: Very positive developments: Two new enquiries, one of which looks quite promising. Also received confirmation of a somewhat unusual faith group Whisky Tour for next month.

Glasgow Genealogy: Posted information to my separate Glasgow Ancestry blog on the Lyall family which suffered a very high incidence of infant mortality, even by the standards of Victorian times.

Port Glasgow: This is tonight’s blog theme. Hitherto, I have only ever passed through Port Glasgow en route between Greenock and somewhere else. However, after visiting the place and undertaking some research it transpires to have some fascinating history and architecture. Historically, Port Glasgow was connected with the Maxwell family which owned close by Newark Castle. A port was developed in the late 17th century as the Clyde was then too shallow to facilitate movement of large ships upstream to Glasgow. Then a shipbuilding industry began which grew and prospered and still lingers on to this day, albeit a shadow if its former self. The following images with supporting narrative will help the reader gain an appreciation of this town.

This is the early 19th century, Port Glasgow Town Buildings. Refer also video clip at foot of this post.


Port Glasgow War Memorial.

St. Andrew’s Port Glasgow. (Church of Scotland)


Replica of the Comet, a very early (1812) steamboat which provided a passenger service on the Clyde.

Moribund shipyard.
A waterlogged soccer pitch, which only the seagulls can play.


The following two images show Port Glasgow’s only remaining functioning shipyard, Fergusons.


These stakes are the remnants of timber ponds which are a relic of the (wooden) shipbuilding industry. They were used to store imported timber.

This is Newark Castle which originated as a 15th century Tower House.
Video no 1 shows a redundant ship building facility with cranes.

Video no 2 shows the impressive Town Buildings.

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