Tales of the Riverman 11

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On Wednesday 31st July 1895, Miss Alma Beaumont parachuted out of her hot air balloon and dropped into the River Clyde a little east of the Green Suspension Bridge. She had been taking part in the Carnival at Coplawhill Road as a lady astronaut.
George Geddes fearing that she would land in the Clyde had put off in a boat with an assistant Dan Bree to be able to render assistance if necessary.

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Tales of the Riverman 10

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Every season brings its own peculiar problems to those working the river. Cold weather brings ice, thin ice that can move up and down on tidal waters, that does not hold any weight and thicker ice on our ponds and canals the weight bearing of which is questionable.

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Tales of the Riverman 9

Christmas can be a sad time for people, especially those who have lost a loved one during the year. They can be lonely and we should all be on the lookout for signs of lonely people and try to give them company and comfort. So it was with the old lady who entered the River Clyde next to the Glasgow Humane Society House on Christmas Eve. She had waited until my Dad was at the boathouse so that when the shout went up “someone in the water” Ben would be on hand to quickly get her out. In the House being tended to by my mother Sadie while awaiting the Ambulance, the old lady admitted that she had planned this as she was lonely since her husband had died and her family had all set up their own houses, but now she would spend Christmas Eve in Hospital and at least get a Christmas Meal. Happily her family who had not realised just how lonely their mother was, rallied round and the old lady spent Christmas with them...

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Tales of the Riverman 8A

talesSpecialThis Special Edition is brought to you as a result of proposals to allow “Access rights to extend to water based activities, such as rafting and swimming” under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Between 1846 and 1860 25 youngsters drowned in the Clyde in Glasgow while swimming, another 15 had to be rescued.

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Tales of the Riverman 8

recently had a member of the public hand some photos in at the door of our house, which caused me to look back our records and write the following.

Kingston Bridge has seen many river incidents, people being rescued from the water below it, bodies being recovered, items being blown off Lorries over the bridge and amazingly enough people jumping off and surviving...

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Tales of the Riverman 7

Strathclyde School is a landmark to the people using the river situated as it is on top of the slope at the right angled bend above Rutherglen Bridge. Whether it remains so or is overtaken by the new bridge as the landmark remains to be seen. The school was opened in 1903. It closed in 1974 re-opened in 1976 to house the Dalmarnock Adult Training Centre. The training centre closed three years later, but in 1999 it was reopened as the Strathclyde Business Centre...

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