PS Comet, Port Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on Port Glasgow, a town with long industrial history situated about 20 miles N.W.of Glasgow in the West of Scotland.

located on the banks of the River Clyde, Port Glasgow developed as a shipbuilding centre during the Industrial Revolution. Wooden ships were built n the 18th century and then ships constructed from metal in the 19th century. This tradition continues with one company-Fergusons-still in operation.

Summary facts and information on Port Glasgow:-

  • Population about 16,600.
  • Europe’s first passenger carrying paddle steamer was built at Port Glasgow in 1812, a replica of which, the Comet, can be viewed in the town centre, as shown in image above.
  • Home to Newark Castle ( image number 7 below) which dates from the 15th century and is connected with Clan Maxwell.
  • Here can be found unique timber ponds, rows of wooden poles sticking out of the water as illustrated in image no 3 below. These were used for storage of timber imported from N. America for use in the shipbuilding industry which started around 1710.
  • There is an impressive Town Hall which dates from more prosperous times in the 19th century.
  • Although not a tourist destination per se many thousands of visitors pass through Port Glasgow each year on coach trips from cruise ships moored at nearby Greenock.

Port Glasgow Town Hall, Scotland

St Andrew’s Church, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Port Glasgow Timber Ponds, Scotland

Port Glasgow War Memorial, Scotland

Port Glasgow and River Clyde, Scotland

Ferguson’s Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Newark Castle, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Crawford Street, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Princes Street, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Church Street, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Bay Street, Port Glasgow, Scotland

St John the Baptist Church, Port Glasgow, Scotland

Bouverie Street ( pre-demolition), Port Glasgow, Scotland

Bay Street, Port Glasgow, Scotland



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