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This first photo was taken in the early 1950’s from the top of the Co-operative building You will note that there is a centre rail on the Bridge and a centre light hanging from two semi-circular girders. The bridge at this time was painted Mid Brunswick Green. I remember the centre light being gas. Most of the lighting in the Park up until the late 1950’s was by gas.

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Tales of the Riverman 58

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Although many films and radio programmes have been made about the Glasgow Humane Society, we have also featured in a few “non-documentary” films, such as ‘Your Cheatin Heart’, and several Taggart productions, including ‘Prayer for the Dead’ and ‘Billy Whizz’.

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During 1795 the Albert Bridge was washed away by a flood and two Gaberts moored at the Broomielaw, one of which was loaded with coals, were sunk by the ice. Later that year, 18th November to be exact, the River Clyde rose to a greater height than the oldest inhabitant in the city could remember (except for the memorable flood in March 1782).

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Glasgow Humane Society Officers were always good scullers; they had to be as often someone’s life depended on that ability.
Occasionally an Officer would enter a race especially 150 years ago when there was professional sculling, in fixed seat boats, with cash prizes. Officer George Geddes beat the Champion of Scotland in a race for £200 on Kilbirnie Loch.

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A student attending Glasgow University joined the University rowing club. Every time he passed our wharfage on his way home from rowing practice, he would stop and ask if there was any assistance I required. Nothing was too much trouble for him. We became very good friends.

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Tales of the Riverman 54

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Christmas Day for the Humane Society family over the years has varied from normal family enjoyment, to mundane regular prevention work, to sad incidents on our Glasgow waterways. Around 1900 the Humane Society Officer would probably have been at Hogganfield Loch on Christmas Day measuring the thickness of the ice as requested by the Council

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