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Whiteinch Ferry

Passenger ferry approaching the landing at Whiteinch one evening in 1955. The unfinished Empress of Britain III can be seen on the stocks at the Fairfield Shipyard across the river.

In 1955 both a passenger and a vehicular ferry operated between Whiteinch and Linthouse. The passenger ferry ran from 5am to 11pm, Monday to Friday, from 5am to midnight on Saturdays and from 8am to 10.30pm on Sundays. The vehicular ferry had shorter operating hours, running from 6.30am to 6.30pm during the week, and from 6.30am to 4pm on Saturdays. It did not operate on Sundays.

The Empress of Britain III was launched in 1955. The Whiteinch Ferry was withdrawn from service in 1963, owing to the opening of the Clyde Tunnel.

In 1955 Partick Camera Club set out to create a photographic survey of Glasgow. As the project progressed, other camera clubs joined and each was allocated a district of the city to photograph. Glasgow Museums exhibited the photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and at the People's Place, and in 1956 the exhibition was shown at the Palace of Art in Bellahouston Park. The photographs are now part of Glasgow Museums' collections.

Reference: 1005.97.34 / OG.1955.121.[33]

Reproduced with the permission of Partick Camera Club

cranes, Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co, Fairfield Shipyar, Glasgow Photographic Survey 1955, passenger ferries, passengers, River Clyde, RMS Empress of Britain, shipbuilding, shipyards, stocks, Whiteinch Ferry

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