Govan Graving Docks, River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on a relic of Scottish industrial history.

From the 19th century through to the 1950s Glasgow and the Clyde was a powerhouse of shipping and shipbuilding which generated demand for a dry dock facility to facilitate the inspection and repair of the bottom of ships. This demand was satisfied by construction of the Govan Graving Docks ( Dry Docks) which were built between 1860 and 1875 by Clyde Navigation Trust.

The Graving Docks comprised three basins one of which was able to accommodate two ships.

Consequent upon progressive decline of the shipbuilding industry, the Graving Docks site was abandoned in 1988 since which time the site has become derelict and vandalised.

However, a renaissance of the site has been signalled. As a constituent of a master plan for regeneration of the wider Clyde industrial wasteland, the Govan docks will be redeveloped as a site for 500 homes, a 300 bed hotel, houseboats, bars, a floating restaurant and shops.

Clearly, time is limited for photographers wishing to obtain images of this eery landscape.

Govan Graving Docks, River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland

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