Princes Dock

Location type


Names and dates

Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [1st] (1851-1871)
Princes Dock (1896-1970)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.


This was a large dock consisting of a canting basin, to the west, and wharfage, to the east, with two large piers. The quaysides were lined with warehousing, cranes and railway lines. Of this complex, only the canting basin remains. Known as Cessnock Dock during its promotion and development

The quaysides and transit sheds were served by Princes Dock Goods, to the south. The goods yard could be approached via the Princes Dock Joint Railway (Caledonian Railway, North British Railway and Glasgow and South Western Railway) or (further east) the General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway.

In 1911 the berth were allocated
North quay of northern dock
1, 2, 3 & 4 Allan Line for the United States of America and Canada
East end of northern dock
5 General cargo
South quay of northern dock
6, 7 & 8 United States of America and Canada
West end of northern pier
9 General cargo
North quay of middle dock
10, 11 & 12 General cargo
East end of middle dock
13 General cargo
South quay of middle dock
14, 15, 16 & 17 Donaldson Brothers United States of America and Canada
West end of southern pier
18 General cargo
North quay of southern dock
19, 20, 21 & 22 United States of America and Canada
East end of southern dock
23 General cargo
South quay of southern dock and south quay of canting basin
24, 25, 26, 27 & 28 Minerals and timber
West quay of canting basin
29, 30 & 31 General cargo and crane served berth

The east portion was infilled in the 1980s, becoming the site of the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988.

The dock was built on the site of the original Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard of J&G Thomson. The shipyard was relocated to Clyde Bank Iron Shipyard [2nd] at Barns O^ Clyde, now known as Clydebank after the shipyard.




Cessnock Dock

External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


  /  /2002Meadowside Granary Meadowside Shipbuilding Yard
According to developers a development, ^Glasgow Harbour^, will only be a success if a light rail system is extended from the city to the area. The site of the Meadowside Granary becomes flats, the Meadowside Shipybuilding Yard (intended office, leisure and retail developments) and Merklands Lairage sites are cleared and not developed. The sites are a mile downstream of Glasgow Harbour^s Queens Dock and Princes Dock. During development the neighbouring cyclepath, the intact solum of the Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway, is cleared and partly redeveloped, it being explained that the embankment created a barrier between the development and Partick. The alignment from Smith Street to the Merkland Street Tunnel is obliterated.