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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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Tales of the Riverman 18

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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A marriage made?

A Division Burns Supper was taking place and the Glasgow Humane Society had taken a table.
So there I was enjoying myself with a number of my friends including Eddie (a lifeguard) when the pager goes.

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A man threw a goose into the river at the Kings Bridge. It was flapping about trying to stay afloat (bred in captivity). George raced to the spot and grabbed the goose—a vet from Glasgow University Boat Club carried out an examination and it seemed OK.

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John Byrne the great Artist and Playwriter went to the Glasgow School of Art in the 1960’s as I did, John just ahead of me. I was always in awe of and inspired by John and so it was with great excitement that I took part in the filming of his magnificent “Your Cheating Heart” which according to todays newspapers is being released on DVD today—can’t wait. Also involved was the equally great Peter Broughan of Riverman, Your Cheating Heart and Rob Roy fame...

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