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Lady Clare64 viewsThe steamer Lady Clare takes on passengers at Garelochhead pier. She was built in 1891 by J.MacArthur & Company of Paisley for the North British Railway Company’s service up the Gareloch from Craigendoran, and latterly Greenock. A smaller version of Lucy Ashton but with equally neat proportions, she was 180 feet long with a beam of 19 feet. After also serving in Derry from 1906 and in World War One as a minesweeper based in Belfast, she was broken up at Dumbarton in 1928. Image c.1900.Sep 22, 2020
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Steamer at Garelochhead202 viewsA 1906 image of a steamer — probably the Lucy Ashton — berthed at Garelochhead Pier.Jul 31, 2020
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Jeanie launch91 viewsThe much loved LNER Clyde paddle steamer launched on April 7 1931 at the Fairfield yard at Govan. She was extensively refitted after war service, and remained a passenger favourite on cruises from Craigendoran until the end of the 1964 season. The next year she went to the Thames and was renamed 'Queen of the South'. She was broken up in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1967. Photo by courtesy of Paul Strathdee.Apr 11, 2020
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On the pier90 viewsPhotograph taken c.1913 probably by keen amateur photographer Robert Thorburn, a Helensburgh grocery store manager. It shows passengers arriving at either Rhu or Shandon pier. Image supplied by David Clark from a collection of glass slides.Mar 02, 2020
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Lucy Ashton131 viewsThe paddle steamer Lucy Ashton berthed at Craigendoran pier. Image circa 1910.Feb 16, 2020
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Steamers berthed62 viewsA 1905 image of the steamers S.S. Lady Clare and Red Gauntlet moored alonside Craigendoran Pier.Oct 21, 2019
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Lucy Ashton as test bed162 viewsThe steamer Lucy Ashton operated the Craigendoran - Gareloch - Greenock service from the early 1900s until she was withdrawn during the Second World War. In 1949 she was sold for scrap, but received a last minute reprieve when the British Shipbuilding Research Association converted her to a jet-powered hull to conduct resistance experiments to analyse the impact of drag and friction on a full-scale ship hull. She was fitted with four Rolls-Royce Derwent V engines, which would not disturb the water in the same way as a propeller and shaft, then was scrapped in 1951. Photo by courtesy of Helensburgh Memories on Facebook.Apr 16, 2019
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Lucy Ashton125 viewsThe Lucy Ashton at Craigendoran Pier, c.1910. Image courtesy of Helensburgh Memories.Mar 13, 2019
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PS Kenilworth462 viewsA 390-ton paddle steamer built in 1898 by A. & J.Inglis at Pointhouse for the North British Steam Packet Company, she operated on the Clyde until 1937, serving initially on the Craigendoran to Rothesay route. She was refurbished and reboilered in 1915 and saw limited World War One service from 1917-19 as a minesweeper on the South Coast. Upon her return in 1936 she was the first of the Craigendoran fleet to acquire the grey hull and reopened the Arrochar excursion service. Retired in 1937, she was broken up the following year at the yard where she had been constructed. Image circa 1936.Jul 26, 2018
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Steamer then minesweeper621 viewsThe Clyde steel paddle steamer Redgauntlet, built in 1895 for the North British Steam Packet Co. at Craigendoran and launched on April 4, is pictured at the Isle of May. She was built by Barclay, Curle & Co. Ltd., Glasgow, at their Clydeholm Yard, and in May 1909 passed to the Galloway Saloon Steam Packet Co. for its Firth of Forth service. On May 4 1916 she was requisitioned by the Admiralty for use as a minesweeper and was based in Grimsby and commissioned as HMS Redgauntlet II. The following year she was bought by the Royal Navy, and two years later sold to French owners and registered in Algeria. It is believed that she was scrapped in 1934.Jan 16, 2018
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1920 Waverley cruise688 viewsPassengers on board the paddle steamer Waverley on a cruise from Craigendoran in 1920. Photo by courtesy of Professor Graham Lappin's excellent pictorial website www.dalmadan.com.Jul 01, 2017
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Waverley 2012684 viewsHelensburgh photographer Brian Averell took this stunning image of the paddle steamer Waverley heading down river from the pedestrian walkway on the Erskine Bridge in July 2012, and it is reproduced here with his permission. Built by A. & J.Inglis at Pointhouse, Glasgow in 1946, the 693-ton Waverley entered service in 1947 and is the world's last sea-going paddler. She replaced the first Waverley, built in 1899 and sunk at Dunkirk in 1940, and cruised the Clyde until 1973 for Caledonian-MacBrayne. In 1974 she was sold to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and re-entered service in 1975. She calls regularly at Helensburgh in summer.May 13, 2016
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