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There are other deck chairs available….

Toronto Tam sends a link to this video which is a home movie of a 1964 sail on the Queen Mary II.

The steamer was originally known as the Queen Mary but when the Cunard Liner was named in the 1930s the wee Clyde Steamer had to have her name modified.

Some great old film here of Glasgow, Dumbarton and Rothesay amongst other places.

As an indication of just how old the film is, there’s footage of a train stopping at Bowling!


4 Responses

  1. I sailed doon the watter on new years eve [yes really] hogmamanhood 1966.
    A deck boy on a sailing lugger, Shaw Saville bound for AusstraliA.

    It wis hell no water no mammies kisses and big AB’s smiles as I took my turn in the barrel.

    BUT it made a MAN of me not like these poofee wee boys who work in Call centres or mobile phone shops nowadays.

    • That reminds me of my own Dad’s story. He was orphaned at 10 and by age 14 he was sailing down the Clyde as a cabin boy, bound for among other places Naples, and Rio. Can you imagine a 14 year old doing that today.

  2. Brilliant film! All those ships! How things change in a mere 50 years.

  3. I was in Cuba a few years ago and we had lunch at a small restuarant down by the docks in Havana. It was like reliving my childhood as the docklands reminded me so much of Glasgow in the 60’s. Hustle bustle of people, lots of ships loading and unloading, cobbled streets, a mixture of trucks (lorries) and horse drawn vehicles and an atmosphere of being alive. During my summer holidays I would often go with my dad in his lorry and we were often up at the King George V docks and I still remember the sights, sounds and smells.

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