Port Glasgow Timber Ponds, River Clyde, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on a unique example of industrial history as illustrated by the Port Glasgow Timber Ponds which are located in the Firth of Clyde (estuary) about twenty-two miles north-west of the City of Glasgow in S.W.Scotland.

Thousands of wooden poles populate the south bank of the River Clyde along a 2.5 mile stretch  between Langbank and Port Glasgow and are particularly evident at low tide from the adjacent A8 highway.

The poles represent the remains of 18th century rectangular timber ponds which were constructed as holding pens for tree length logs imported from North America for use in ship construction. Storage in sea water helped to season the wood.

Shipbuilding at Port Glasgow began around 1710 with the last wooden ship built in 1859.the timber trade declined as a consequence of improvements, via dredging of the Clyde, which gave ships direct access to the heart of Glasgow.

Access via various walkways.

A good location for bird-watching.

Port Glasgow Timber Ponds, River Clyde, Scotland

Port Glasgow Timber Ponds, River Clyde, Scotland

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