The Clydeport cranes have become iconic landmarks in
While some may think that industrial structures are ugly and
pollute the skyline, I think that these cranes have a strange beauty of their
own.In a way they are a visible
reminder that Greenock still has a working port - something to be proud of.
They are used at the quayside at Greenock Ocean Terminal for
loading and unloading containers onto ships.They are one of the first things that passengers on cruise ships see as
they dock at Greenock.
Anyone wishing to know about
the early history of Greenock would do well to read Daniel Weir's History
of the Town of Greenock which was first published in 1829.This is a photograph of a new edition
published in 2004 by The Grian Press, Paisley (ISBN 0-954799615).
The History of the Town of Greenock is also
available to read online at the excellent Inverclyde Council website (along with many other online resources).
The front picture shows part
of a painting of Greenock by John
Fleming (1792-1845).He often painted
scenes of Greenock and many of his works can be seen at Your Paintings on the
BBC website.The views of Greenock are
very interesting in their details of ship building, ships in dock and steamers
on the River Clyde.
I would highly recommend this
book for its details about various aspects of Greenock's history - from the
landowners, church history, shipbuilding and other industries to lists of
lawyers and doctors at the time Weir was writing. At the very end is a list of
subscribers to the book.Many of the
names will be familiar to anyone with an interest in the history of Greenock.