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Govan Drydocks

Govan Drydocks

The former Govan drydocks and Harland and Wolff's/ Stephen Shiprepairers' basin in Glasgow taken from the Clydesdale Bank Tower in the former Princes Dock during the period of the Garden Festival there.
Originally intended to become some form of maritime heritage centre they are now completely over

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Between the Drydocks, Harlands, Fairfields and Stephens there had to be at least 6-7000 men worked in shipbuilding/repair just on the Drydock side of the river alone.

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You are correct Gordy, Harland had to have had 5000, Fairfields the same and Srephens 2-3000 so I think you are right. Of course if you include the Harlands GlassHouse and British Polar you could add another 2-3000 just from the outside engine shops. Those were indeed heady days especially at start and finish of the day.
Neil I always thought Yorkhill ferry was the best ferry for ship watching. With the two dock entrances. the drydocks, and everything coming down the river and of course Anchor Line.

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Seems such a waste them lying like this, but no work for them and the Clyde siltted up round this area I think you would be lucky to get anything into them with a massive amount of work. It would be an ideal place for a proper maritime museum instead of that 2 bit dump in Irvine. Could have the Plymouth here along with the Bronnington up from Liverpool. Get them in the drydocks pump them out using dockside pumps and start the repairs. Dreams are eh :)
 

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