Have only just come across this browsing and I feel like crying. Surely this must be the drydock just inside the gates. The Engineer and myself conned the Orpheus from Faslane into this dock. Spent a few months in refit with her then left the last day of September 1980. Doesn't take long for the world to spiral downwards. I'm not one who believes in preserving everything just because it has some history but in cases such as this where the history is so long and memorable, some effort should have been made to make more of it.
Not sure about the drydock, but Scott was, I believe, the oldest shipyard in the World for a number of years before it closed.
It's heartbreaking for all of us who grew up on the Clyde to see scenes like this.
Scotts' was reputed to be the longest continuous family owned shipyard in the world, but I think the palm for the drydock goes to Port Glasgow, but now long filled in. No ladders to bottom, we just had to clamber down the steps on the sides.
Just about half-way down on the right-hand side of the dock was where our howff was, when I was an apprentice electrician here, '64-'69. A very happy time in my life, with good mates. The howff housed a couple of transformers and had a large duct for cables into the drydock, for power supply and welding equipment etc. Being electricians, we were never short of heating and cooking equipment and never cold in there. The electrical manager used to say that it was the only building in the yard without snow on the roof in winter!
I note that in tonight's 'Greenock Telegraph', someone is again raising the subject of somehow obtaining a decommisioned submarine and putting it here as a visitor attraction, similar to what they've done in other countries. Personally, I would like to see something done with the drydock, before it just decays away, or is filled in.