A collection of shipyard images from 2007 by Allan Sharp


Whilst I never had any personal involvement with the Yard, it was in my blood for a variety of reasons. Several family members worked long term in the Yard; My grandfather James Sharp (Alexandria), his brother Robert Sharp (Dumbarton) , my father James Sharp (Bowling), my father’s cousin James Sharp (Milton), and my cousin John Sharp (Renton). There were other family members who had short term involvement. It was not only my family connections that drew me to the Yard, but also the fact that nearly all my friends in the village had family members employed there too, or at least had been at some point.

It was a sad day indeed when the Yard closed, it was the end of an era. It was a much later date when I decided that I had better take some photographs of the Yard, or at least what was left of it, before it was finally raised to the ground. It was early 2007 when I climbed up the wall which separated the Yard from the Frisky, and made my way through the remains of what had been a great wee Yard.

As I took my photographs I thought of my late father and his father, along his friends and that of my own friends who had worked in this wee Yard. Names swirled through my mind as I looked around. Ghosts from the past came to mind albeit not in the following order. It varied from my friends to that of my father’s and others that will always be associated with the Yard.

Spencer Anderson, Louis Sloss, Duncan & Willie McGuire, Willie Hinshelwood, Willie McArley, Willie Logan, Stevie Woods, Billy McIntyre, Tommy Stirling, Jake Forsyth, Tommy Hendry, Davie MacLachlan, Alan Dunsmore, George Logan, Lesley Strachan, Gordon Millar, Jock Connor, Joey Thompson, ! Gouslan, Willie McNab, Charlie McNab, Bill Downer, Alistair Downer, Robert McIntyre, Archie Brown, Danny Holmes, Jacky Woods, Tony Woods, Sid Coulter, Bobby Moffat, Taffy Newell, Alex Berry, Michael McLaughlin, Ian McIntyre and many more-------

As I finally climbed down the wall back to the Frisky, I thought of the many times I had been to the Yard to collect a bag of sawdust from the joiner’s shop for the various establishments in the village, i.e. 'The Bay Inn', 'The Co-op', 'Jimmy Bain' the butchers and finally the 'Post Office'. Oh! What was it used for? The floor what else? I should add that we received the princely sum of 3 pennies, or was it six? Now alas, just memories of happy times now long gone.

Allan Sharp

30 September 2012