Scott & Sons (Bowling)

 

 

Shipbuilders and Ship and Engine  Repairers

 

1851-1979

 

 

 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.

                                       

                                                                                                         Alistair Baird

                                                                      (Marine Engine Fitter 1959/64) 

 

Contact Alistair Baird:  

Tel:- 07895335459 

e-mail:- alistairbaird@btinternet.com

 

 

   Image of the Week

  

This image of Esso Tankers providing fuel for a boat at the pier was taken 1959/60.  This image predates the building of the new office and the old office and store (formerly Frisky Hall) can be seen in the top left .

 

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.