Welcome to the Scott & Sons (Bowling) Website
The aim of the Website is to keep alive the history of the yard and of the men and women who worked there.
The Website provides information about the yard, acts as a contact point for people who have an interest in the yard and seeks to establish a comprehensive record of the yard from the time it was first established in 1851 to its eventual closure in 1979.
I am looking to hear from former workers, their families and anyone who has an interest in the yard. I hope you will take the opportunity to make contact and if you have any stories or photographs I would be delighted to include them on the Website.
(Marine Engine Fitter 1959/64)
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Image of the Week
Scott & Sons Bowling 2017. During a visit in January I was left with the impression that the Yard was dead and in the process of being buried. More pictures to follow.
The "Smiddy" taken sometime in the 80's. The steam hammer is on the left and the boiler house is the white brick building on the right. Great place to go for a heat in the winter. If I remember correctly Willie was the Blacksmith and Jimmy was the Hammer Boy (operated the steam hammer).
An image from the 1950's which was taken from the Engine Shop door. While some of the men are familiar I can name only two, Willie McGilchrist (yard managers brother) Engineer, fourth from the right and Eric Mackay, Engineer who is in the front row on the left. Eric became Maintenance Engineer and operated the slipway engines.
Thanks to Allan Sharp and John Gallagher for providing the following names: Third from the left on the back row, Billy McIntyre. Fourth from the left back row is Sid Culter. Fifth from left on the back row is Maurice Fergusson and on the extreme right of the back row is Bob Mc Farlane.
Can you name any of the others?
The Engine Shop 1962. Left to right Dick McGilchrist, John Drain, Jackie Forsyth (back to camera), Neil Lindsay, Hugh O'Hare and Alex Thomson.
Graeme Wallace has provided the above receipt for the Glencloy (Image copyright Allan Hamilton), which cost the grand total of £5362 in 1930. Graeme is a member of the Hamilton family (G&G Hamilton of Glasgow (and Brodick) and the Glencloy was the first of a number of ships built by Scott's for G&G Hamilton. Graeme recalls his mother telling him that the ship was sold at cost price in order to maintain the workforce during the depression of the early 30's. The design on the headed paper is a work of art in itself.
Number 2 Slipway circa 1980
View across the yard circa 1959/60 (Just before the fixed crane was installed).
The Wheelhouse of the Tug "Dalmah" completed 1962 for Abu Dhabi Marine Areas, London.
Looking across the deck of the Coaster "Storm" 1961, with the Joiners Shop, Engine Shop and travelling crane in the background.
The quality of this image may be poor but its an important image in that it captures an area of the yard that has not been seen on the Website until now. The image shows the plate roller, the stairs up to the Loft, the cobbled Pen and the old Gate Box at the railway crossing.
The above digital image shows the original plan for the new shipyard, which formed part of the agreement between Scott and Sons and the Clyde Navigation Trust. The site, which is just to the East of Bowling Basin, was purchased by Scott and Sons from the Caledonian Railway Company. This is the original copy that was signed on behalf of Scott and Sons by Charles W Scott and James Scott in November 1918.
This Tug was built at Scott's in 1956 and is now up for sale at £34,322 (May 2015). She is based in Rome and is currently advertised for sale in YACHTWORLD http://www.yachtworld.co.uk/boats/1956/Scott-%26-Son-Ltd-%28uk%29-Deep-Sea-Tug
She has been converted from steam to diesel and is described as being ready to steam. Moored at our yard in Rome. The hull is in excellent condition. Can be delivered. Pleasure vessel registered but could be registered back for a commercial purpose.
This is a good example of the quality of ships built at Scott's. Any ideas as to her original name and number? Its the North Beach No 412, which was built for Alexander Towing Company. Thanks to Brian Goodell from Schelt, Canada for spotting the advert in YACHTWORLD and for contacting the Website.
John Brown (Chargehand Engineer) in his trademark brown boiler suit and black beret, circa 1959. John was an expert on steam engines and was a really nice man to work for and with. Alistair
This is the only picture I can find that contains an image of the Paint Shop. In the distance through the gap between the Welding Bay and the Smiddy is a partial view of the Paint Shop.
Early 60's photograph of the Clyde Navigation Trust WATCH HOUSE.