Meadowside view from 1950

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Meadowside view from 1950

Post by Colin Campbell » Wed May 11, 2011 11:35 am

This photo appears in the Glasgow Herald book on the Clyde under a slightly misleading caption about "dockers unloading at Meadowside".I remember the Cunarders Franconia,Scythia and Samaria all lay on this berth being overhauled by John Browns Shipyard.Duncan Haws book on Cunard gives the overhaul dates.From this I tried to work out when this photo was taken. The ship going downriver is either Lairds Moor (1948)or Lairds Ben(1950). Alexander Stephens launched HMS Defender 27.7.1950. Franconia is shown as leaving 06/1949.Samaria didnt arrive until 10/1950 therefore Scythia seemed to fit arriving 1949 and leaving 08/1950. Next looked at Clyde Trust Merklands arrival book for 1950 and found tha Clan Macrae moved from Govan Drydock to Merklands 30.04.1950 and sailed 01.05.1950. Is that her??. Next looked at the Glasgow Herald which used to list ships in harbour each Monday. There was Dunedin Star launched 18.4.1950 to Shieldhall Wharf.
Still dont know which Burns Laird ship in mid river. Looks like it could be the smallest name perhaps Laids Ben
I rest my case.... anybody with further thoughts Colin
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Re: Meadowside view from 1950

Post by valeman » Wed May 11, 2011 10:14 pm

Believe it is the ex-Anchor Liner Tuscania as New York (my thoughts) or Nea Hellas (http://www.glasgowhistory.com/)
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Re: Meadowside view from 1950

Post by Colin Campbell » Fri May 13, 2011 8:23 am

Graham , Firstly thank you for putting on that link to your Glasgow History site. Most excellent piece of work and with so many photographs that I for one have never seen before.
Never knew that shot from Meadowside was from a postcard. Ive had the lassie in the Heralds office searching to get me a print of from months. Can definately confirm the big ship is one of the Cunarders that were refurbrished at No 4 Meadowside after their wartime service. Father was one of the Deputy Harbour Masters at Meadowside & Merklands at that time so in the words of that Welsh singer/comedian "I was there".

Late Donald Robertson told a story when showing Nea Hellas slide. She came back under Anchor Line Management during WW11 and at the end of a convoy conference the Anchor Line master,now in command, was approached by one of the RN escort commanders saying "I must compliment you on your command of the English language"

Finaly, from memory the berth at No 4 was next used for the conversion of HMS Rapid and HMS Undine from destroyers to Anti Submarine frigates.Again tey seemed to a small boy to be there for years.Alelexander Stephens I think did the work.

Thank you again. enjoyed last evenings Glasgow History. Colin

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