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tales24Polmadie Bridge Before there were Bridges, ferries crossed the river at Polmadie (Bridge), Rutherglen (Bridge) and McNeill Street (St Andrews Bridge) Polmadie Footbridge connects Richmond Park with Glasgow Green

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There are different types of flooding, rainwater causing rivers to overflow, high tide flooding and flooding over low lying ground or “dips” in roadways etc.

I have rowed through floodwater in some interesting places...

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Snow, rain, sunshine, ice, flowers peeking through the snow, pigeons huddled together, swans walking, children building snowmen and adults clearing paths.

Whatever the festive season throws at us just be careful. Don’t let your dog run out onto the ice (keep it on a lead near waterways); don’t try to walk on the ice. Go carefully out there.

When I look back our records for Christmas times past there have been many waterway accidents, so please; this year let’s have no statistics to record.

Merry Christmas

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tales24Last night I sat and watched the old 1950’s film “The Maggie” on television. Boy, did it bring back memories; not just the scenes of the river, but memories of the Puffers.

During his boat hiring days Ben Parsonage would supplement his own built fleet of rowing boats by purchasing boats from the boat-hirers at Millport.

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tales24I read a few weeks ago a story about the last rowing lifeboat. Now it may have been the last rowing lifeboat that went out to sea, but there are several rowing lifeboats still in use.

A rowing boat in expert hands can be manoeuvred easier than a motor boat and there is no propeller in the water.

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tales24It is interesting that in 1850 the Glasgow Humane Society had two officers, one at Govan (John McLean) and one at Glasgow Green (James Geddes) opposite McNeill Street in the area known as Little Govan.

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