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We do not have this problem in our City now, we have bridges, but all over the world there still seem to be similar accidents involving ferries.


Ferries are mentioned a lot in the minutes of the Society. Sometimes, the ferries themselves got into trouble. The following are some interesting passages taken from the 1800’s. Few photographs in those days’ but excellent reading. 30th

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Tales of the Riverman 61

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Some years ago I was asked to stand by in a boat below the St Andrews Bridge while restoration work took place. At the end of the restoration I was allowed to keep the old lamps that had been on the Bridge. I had already retrieved one lamp from the bed of the river using my grappling irons, broken off and thrown into the river by some passing vandals.

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Tales of the Riverman image 60 of footballs in a boat

What attracts a child to the river?

I never fail to be amazed at what persons will try to get out of the river, with some attempts resulting in a fatal outcome. A group of boys were having a carry-on beside the river. One boy pulls another boy’s shoe off and throws it into the water. Yes, you have guessed what happened, the boy was frightened to go home without his shoe and entered the river with fatal consequences. Then

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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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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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