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‘Glasgow Courier, Saturday February 14, 1795. During the temporary thaw on Tuesday night, two Gabberts at the Broomielaw, one of which was loaded

with coals, were sunk by the ice; and another driven from her moorings. The Clyde, which was then broken-up, for about a mile above, and two miles

below, is again frozen over. A Gabbert is a type of lighter or barge, used in the 17th through 19th century. They are small one-masted sailing or coasting

vessel. Used mostly for inland navigation, especially on the River Clyde’.

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On the 20th September 1967 the ship Yard No 736 was launched at John Browns on the Clyde. 50yrs Clyde Built

On the 30th September 1944 the keels were laid for the building of the 935 and the 936 (licence numbers) on the Clyde at Glasgow Green. 64yrs Clyde built

Wartime restrictions were in force. The following documents speak for themselves.

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In the 1800’s Glasgow Humane Society was encouraging ships to use proper gangways instead of planks that people just fell off. The thing was that if they did fall off, how were they to going to get out of the water? Most ladders were only for getting off boats or ships and did not reach down to the surface of the water.

Now here’s another misnomer! Even if a ladder reached the water, unless the ladder extended 2 metres or 6ft below the surface, you had nowhere to put your feet to help you climb out. There’s very few of us who could use our arms only to pull our weight out of the water and up the ladder, especially with soaking wet clothes.

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We headed (We was Father and I (Ben and George)) for Belvidere where our assistance was requested by Police.

It transpired that a stolen articulated truck (according to witnesses a Cadbury’s truck) had been driven at speed down the path that runs at right angles to the river at the west side of the old Belvidere Hospital off London Road, had shot out over the banking, entered the river and immediately sunk.

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One night Ben was called to the River Kelvin at Kelvinbridge where there was the report of a woman’s body in the water. I accompanied my Dad in the Police Landrover with boat on trailer to the scene.

Police were trying to move away the large crowd of mostly young onlookers who were lined along the north parapet of the bridge

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The Breakfast revolt or was it revolting? What did you have for breakfast-or what did you not have—and what has it to do with taking samples from the river? Is there a Breakfast that you really detest?

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