Glasgow Daily Photo

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Life blood

Posted by Jackie on September 21, 2008

A bit abstract, but inspired by Kris‘s (actually much better) picture, this is a picture of the waters of the Clyde River, running through the heart of the city. To quote from Rampant Scotland,

“It is often said with justification that “The Clyde made Glasgow and Glasgow made the Clyde.” Without the river and its access to the sea, Glasgow might never have grown to become Scotland’s largest city. But the Clyde started as a shallow salmon river which, over the years, was dredged to make Glasgow into a major port with sea-going vessels sailing right into the heart of the city. In addition to imports, Glasgow’s manufacturing output was exported via the Clyde, including 50,000 locomotives from Glasgow factories.

Despite the narrowness of the river, the banks of the Clyde used to be one of the largest shipbuilding centres in the world. During the 19th and 20th centuries 30,000 ships were built on the river.”

Now of course the shipyards are really depleted and the industry is a shadow of its former self.

This picture was taken leaning over the Squinty Bridge.

11 Responses to “Life blood”

  1. dianne said

    the Squinty Bridge – now that sounds like it has a story behind it

    The water looks cold

  2. Katya said

    Why thank you for that bit of information, Jackie! I love history, and the River Clyde is very much a part of Glasgow’s history!

  3. Kate said

    This really is a sea of blue! Very intense shade!

  4. Ian said

    Lovely colour indeed; and I love the name “Squinty Bridge” too.

  5. Gerald said

    So many cities have grown up because of their access to the sea – even Manchester which needed the Ship Canal to connect it. In this age of motorways and planes the importance of waterways is sometimes overlooked.

  6. This picture also illustrates how successful the efforts to clean up the river have been. It would have been a murky brown not that long ago and was so polluted that salmon didn’t come anywhere near its upper reaches. They are returning now.

  7. Webradio said

    Hello Jackie !
    You have a pretty blog, with fun and beautiful photos…
    I’ll come back for visit and read Your texts…
    See You later !

  8. Chuckeroon said

    Thanks for this one Jackie. I also looked up Kris’s and the one he mentioned. Ironically, I’ve also beeen strugling with exactly the same challenge, trying to capture the water patterns on a large pond. I’ve just junked 10 or more frames…..focus wrong, d.o.f dodgy, luminance not what I “felt” or saw. Tried again today……hmmm; well maybe.

    Always nice to see you popping up from to time, and hoping married life is suiting you….after 35 years I would still recommend it.

  9. babooshka said

    I think I might be abnormal beacuse for me photographing water is the easiest image. All the famous waterways that once belonged to shippinhbuilding in some way have suffered. Gary is a Fleetwood boy and now the docks are the freeport. Lovely calming shade of blue.

  10. Kris said

    Well, I liked it! The colour and texture is very soothing. I could take photographs of water all day.

    Can you swim in the Clyde?

  11. Jackie said

    I don’t know. It’s still a very busy river, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it in the city centre. Maybe closer to the source, but I’d be inclined to say no.

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