Sailing up the Clyde on Paddle Steamer Caledonia in 1965

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Sailing up the Clyde on Paddle Steamer Caledonia in 1965

A super colour film of the weekly Friday cruise up the River Clyde to  Glasgow on one of the paddle steamers of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company. The film dates from 1965 (probably August). The Friday upriver sailing was shared by the paddle steamers Caledonia and Waverley. In this film we join the Caledonia at Gourock Pier and sail up a very busy River Clyde to the Bridge Wharf in Glasgow,


0:00 Caledonia arriving and departing Gourock

0:10 Tanker British Confidence (built by John Brown’s Yard No 716) at Greenock Princes Pier during trials

0:29 Tanker Orissa (Lithgows YN 1152) in new Firth of Clyde Drydock Company’s Inchgreen drydock

0:38 Doon the Watter turbine steamer Queen Mary II comin downriver

1:26 Steel & Bennie tug Vanguard with Drysdale pump works in Yoker beyond

1:31 A Clan Liner in the new Elderslie Drydock No 3 with the grab dredger Lennox II in the soon to disappear Clyde Navigation Trusts maroon hulled  and black funnel livery dredging outside the drydock

1:43 One of the white hulled Royal Navy Survey ship’s, Hecla or Hecate, and one of the 70-feet Clyde-class lifeboats Grace Paterson Ritchie or Charles H Barrett in Yarrow’s covered fitting out basin

1:50 The bulk carrier Mountpark at Connell’s Scotstoun shipysrd just a few days before launch

1:54 Port Burnie at Diesel Wharf  (built Barclay Curle)

2:01 Tin dredger under construction at Alexander Stephens Linthouse Yard

2:10 Very brief look at the ill-fated passenger / car ferry Wahine in Fairfield’s Basin She was being built for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand’s Cook Strait service. She was lost in a storn a year or so later

2:21 Harland & Wolff’s Govan shipyard after demolition – Vehicular Ferryboat No 4 crossing at /Govan

2:28 Clyde Navigation Trust grab dredger Sir William H Raeburn at Govan Drydocks

2:40 Caledonia at Bridge Wharf

2:52 Very rare view of the new bucket ladder Blythswood in old CNT livery discharging river bed silt dredgings into one of the steam hopper barges

3:22 Swedish America Liner Kungsholm and assault ship HMS Intrepid fitting out in Browns Basin