Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard

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Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard (1862-1962)

Served by the Stobcross Railway.


This shipyard was on the east bank of the River Kelvin close to its confluence with the River Clyde. It was south of the Kelvin Viaduct of the Stobcross Railway.

The yard was founded by A & J Inglis. It was responsible for building many vessels for the North British Railway, particularly paddle steamers; noteably the PS Waverley [IV] of 1946 and the PS Maid of the Loch of 1953.

There was a single slip dock, vessels being launched towards the Clyde. Works buildings were located north and south of the Kelvin Viaduct.

The site was served by the 1874 Stobcross Railway, by a siding which dropped down the south side of the line from the east end of Yorkhill station on that line, approach being from the east. After 1896 it was additionally served by a line which crossed the Kelvin under the Kelvin Viaduct from the Glasgow Central Railway.

The yard closed in 1962. After a period of dereliction warehousing was built here, near Yorkhill Quay. A new dual carriageway was built over the northern part of the site and the area landscaped with a walkway and rounded being built.

The site was cleared again, and Yorkhill Quay infilled, around 2006 in preparation for redevelopment. A second dual carriageway opened at the north end of the site.

The south end of the site, the confluence of the Rivers Clyde and Kelvin, is now Glasgow^s transport museum, the Riverside Museum


Ship yard


  /  /1864North British Steam Packet Company
PS Carham built by A & J Inglis at the Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard to operate the Silloth to Dumfries and Annan service. This was the first vessel the NB ordered from Inglis.
29/05/1899North British Steam Packet Company
PS Waverley [III] launched at A & J Inglis^s Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard.
02/10/1946London and North Eastern Railway
PS Waverley [IV] launched at A & J Inglis^s Pointhouse Shipbuilding Yard. Named by Lady Matthews, wife of the Chairman of the LNER.


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