Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard

Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard Fairfield Heritage Centre, celebrating the history of the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co in Govan. Free entry, open Mon-Fri 1-4pm. For over 100 years Govan has been the centre of shipbuilding on the River Clyde.
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Here some of the finest, most luxurious liners, steamships and naval vessels were designed, built and launched. Today the former Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Offices on Govan Road still pay testament to its greatness. Voted one of Glasgow's most admired buildings, this iconic, A-listed edifice has been restored in a £6 million project to create a new shipbuilding Heritage Centre in the heart of Govan. Since 2011, our growing team of volunteers have been helping to research Govan's unique relationship with the shipbuilding industry. The result is a fantastic Heritage Centre, that tells the story of how Govan became the 'Shipbuildingest Burgh in the World' and the Fairfield Shipyard the lifeblood of a community. Please send any enquiries to our co-ordinator, Abigail Morris: [email protected]

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Bibby Line's passenger liner SHROPSHIRE launched on June 10th 1926.
10/06/2021

Bibby Line's passenger liner SHROPSHIRE launched on June 10th 1926.

Bibby Line's passenger liner SHROPSHIRE launched on June 10th 1926.

Puhe, the second of the big Chinese container ships built at the yard was launched at 0530 approx. on June 9th 1989 to t...
08/06/2021

Puhe, the second of the big Chinese container ships built at the yard was launched at 0530 approx. on June 9th 1989 to take advantage of a good high tide.
Mike Campbell rose early and got the shot of her entry into the water.
She was completed under Kvaerner ownership.

A beautiful morning for the launch on June 8th 1982 of the Panamax bulk carrier SIR JOHN FISHER for James Fisher of Barr...
07/06/2021

A beautiful morning for the launch on June 8th 1982 of the Panamax bulk carrier SIR JOHN FISHER for James Fisher of Barrow, their largest ship and largest registered in the Cumbrian town.

A beautiful morning for the launch  on June 8th 1982 of the Panamax bulk carrier SIR JOHN FISHER for James Fisher of Bar...
07/06/2021

A beautiful morning for the launch on June 8th 1982 of the Panamax bulk carrier SIR JOHN FISHER for James Fisher of Barrow, their largest ship and largest registered in the Cumbrian town.

A beautiful morning for the launch on June 8th 1982 of the Panamax bulk carrier SIR JOHN FISHER for James Fisher of Barrow, their largest ship and largest registered in the Cumbrian town.

LORD CITRINE, the second of three colliers for the CEGB as was, launched at Govan on June 5th 1985.
04/06/2021

LORD CITRINE, the second of three colliers for the CEGB as was, launched at Govan on June 5th 1985.

The  yard launched this First Class Cruiser HMS Highflyer for the Royal Navy on June 4th 1898.
03/06/2021

The yard launched this First Class Cruiser HMS Highflyer for the Royal Navy on June 4th 1898.

The yard launched this First Class Cruiser HMS Highflyer for the Royal Navy on June 4th 1898.

LADY DENISON-PENDER, Cable ship for the Eastern Telegraph Company, another Fairfield launch on May 29th 1920.
28/05/2021

LADY DENISON-PENDER, Cable ship for the Eastern Telegraph Company, another Fairfield launch on May 29th 1920.

LADY DENISON-PENDER, Cable ship for the Eastern Telegraph Company, another Fairfield launch on May 29th 1920.

Fleet Carrier HMS THESEUS completed at the yard in 1946 arrived at Inverkeithing on May 29th 1962 to be broken up. State...
28/05/2021

Fleet Carrier HMS THESEUS completed at the yard in 1946 arrived at Inverkeithing on May 29th 1962 to be broken up.
State Library of Victoria Green Collection photo

Fleet Carrier HMS THESEUS completed at the yard in 1946 arrived at Inverkeithing on May 29th 1962 to be broken up.
State Library of Victoria Green Collection photo

Destroyer HMS FAIRY launched from the  yard on May 29th 1897
28/05/2021

Destroyer HMS FAIRY launched from the yard on May 29th 1897

Destroyer HMS FAIRY launched from the yard on May 29th 1897

Grab a Glasgow Times if you haven't already got one.......
28/05/2021

Grab a Glasgow Times if you haven't already got one.......

QING HE CHENG formerly the 1963 built GLENFALLOCH at Shanghai in the 80s taken by Alan Eadie. Attempts were made to brin...
20/05/2021

QING HE CHENG formerly the 1963 built GLENFALLOCH at Shanghai in the 80s taken by Alan Eadie.
Attempts were made to bring her back to the UK for preservation but sadly to no avail.

QING HE CHENG formerly the 1963 built GLENFALLOCH at Shanghai in the 80s taken by Alan Eadie.
Attempts were made to bring her back to the UK for preservation but sadly to no avail.

Nearing delivery in July 1977 the Kuwaiti general cargo ship Ibn Bajjah launched at Govan on May 19th.
18/05/2021

Nearing delivery in July 1977 the Kuwaiti general cargo ship Ibn Bajjah launched at Govan on May 19th.

Nearing delivery in July 1977 the Kuwaiti general cargo ship Ibn Bajjah launched at Govan on May 19th.

Blue Star Line's cargo liner SCOTTISH STAR launched from the yard on May 15th 1950. Chris Howell collection/ Kirby.
14/05/2021

Blue Star Line's cargo liner SCOTTISH STAR launched from the yard on May 15th 1950.
Chris Howell collection/ Kirby.

Blue Star Line's cargo liner SCOTTISH STAR launched from the yard on May 15th 1950.
Chris Howell collection/ Kirby.

Orient Line's passenger ship Orontes launched from the  yard on May 10th 1902. State Library of Victoria Green collectio...
09/05/2021

Orient Line's passenger ship Orontes launched from the yard on May 10th 1902.
State Library of Victoria Green collection photo

Orient Line's passenger ship Orontes launched from the yard on May 10th 1902.
State Library of Victoria Green collection photo

County Class destroyer HMS ANTRIM one of two built at the yard  the other being HMS FIFE.ANTRIM was launched on 19th Oct...
09/05/2021

County Class destroyer HMS ANTRIM one of two built at the yard the other being HMS FIFE.
ANTRIM was launched on 19th October 1967 and commissioned in July 1970.
In 1984 she transferred to the Chilean Navy becoming ALMIRANTE COCHRANE and served till 2010 when she was broken up in China.

Caledonian Steam Packet Company's paddler DUCHESS OF FIFE launched at the yard on May 9th 1903.
08/05/2021

Caledonian Steam Packet Company's paddler DUCHESS OF FIFE launched at the yard on May 9th 1903.

Simoa seen here as she later became, SA Transporter,  the general cargo ship for Norwegian owners launched from the  yar...
30/04/2021

Simoa seen here as she later became, SA Transporter, the general cargo ship for Norwegian owners launched from the yard April 30th 1953

Simoa seen here as she later became, SA Transporter, the general cargo ship for Norwegian owners launched from the yard April 30th 1953

Cardiff Class bulker Baron Pentland for Scottish Ship Management/ Hogarth which also came from the Govan yard launched A...
29/04/2021

Cardiff Class bulker Baron Pentland for Scottish Ship Management/ Hogarth which also came from the Govan yard launched April 29th 1976.

Ibn Sina, Kuwaiti built at in 1977 which as COSMAN II arrived at Chittagong on April 29th 2001 for breaking. Govan SB's ...
29/04/2021

Ibn Sina, Kuwaiti built at in 1977 which as COSMAN II arrived at Chittagong on April 29th 2001 for breaking. Govan SB's photo at Erskine.

Ibn Sina, Kuwaiti built at in 1977 which as COSMAN II arrived at Chittagong on April 29th 2001 for breaking. Govan SB's photo at Erskine.

Ibn Tufail, Kuwaiti general cargo ship which was launched on April 29th 1975.
29/04/2021

Ibn Tufail, Kuwaiti general cargo ship which was launched on April 29th 1975.

Ibn Tufail, Kuwaiti general cargo ship which was launched on April 29th 1975.

Norwegian bulk carrier ENDURO launched from the  yard on 28th April 1952
27/04/2021

Norwegian bulk carrier ENDURO launched from the yard on 28th April 1952

Norwegian bulk carrier ENDURO launched from the yard on 28th April 1952

Shots of the Israeli ferry/ cruise ship Nili launched at the yard on  August 11th 1964.Completed in July 1965 she went o...
25/04/2021

Shots of the Israeli ferry/ cruise ship Nili launched at the yard on August 11th 1964.
Completed in July 1965 she went on to have a chequered career ending in 1981 when as ARION a terrorist bomb exploded on board at Haifa and she was subsequently broken up in Spain in 1984.

The  yard launched the Salisbury Class frigate HMS CHICHESTER  on April 21st 1955.
20/04/2021

The yard launched the Salisbury Class frigate HMS CHICHESTER on April 21st 1955.

The yard launched the Salisbury Class frigate HMS CHICHESTER on April 21st 1955.

RFA CARDIGAN BAY forward module in October 2004.
18/04/2021

RFA CARDIGAN BAY forward module in October 2004.

RFA CARDIGAN BAY forward module in October 2004.

The Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company's excursion vessel St Tudno built at the Fairfield yard in 1926 which ar...
18/04/2021

The Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company's excursion vessel St Tudno built at the Fairfield yard in 1926 which arrived at Ghent April 19th 1963 for scrapping.
I was very fortunate to see and sail on her in her last season in 1962 from Llandudno.

Bosphorus ferry HARBIYE with sister INKILAP launched at the Fairfield yard April 19th 1961.
18/04/2021

Bosphorus ferry HARBIYE with sister INKILAP launched at the Fairfield yard April 19th 1961.

From Tradewinds magazineIt looks like the Clydebuilt Pride of York (ex Norsea) will have a new lease of life running bet...
16/04/2021

From Tradewinds magazine
It looks like the Clydebuilt Pride of York (ex Norsea) will have a new lease of life running between Naples and Palermo alongside her Japanese-built twin pride of Bruges (Norsun)

From Tradewinds magazine
It looks like the Clydebuilt Pride of York (ex Norsea) will have a new lease of life running between Naples and Palermo alongside her Japanese-built twin pride of Bruges (Norsun)

Alasdair MacFarlane's drawing of coastal cargo  vessel RUPERTSLAND from the Evening Times of the period.She was launched...
16/04/2021

Alasdair MacFarlane's drawing of coastal cargo vessel RUPERTSLAND from the Evening Times of the period.
She was launched from the yard on 30th November 1948 and completed in December for the Hudson's Bay Company of Canada.
A long career was forthcoming with many name and owner changes and structural alterations including lengthening.
In 1993 she became FREDA I but was deleted from registers in 1999 Existence in Doubt.
Ruperts or Prince Ruperts Land is the area surrounding Hudson's Bay.

Alasdair MacFarlane's drawing of coastal cargo vessel RUPERTSLAND from the Evening Times of the period.
She was launched from the yard on 30th November 1948 and completed in December for the Hudson's Bay Company of Canada.
A long career was forthcoming with many name and owner changes and structural alterations including lengthening.
In 1993 she became FREDA I but was deleted from registers in 1999 Existence in Doubt.
Ruperts or Prince Ruperts Land is the area surrounding Hudson's Bay.

April 10th 1968  the tragic loss of the  New Zealand ferry Wahine off Wellington Harbour in a ferocious storm.
09/04/2021

April 10th 1968 the tragic loss of the New Zealand ferry Wahine off Wellington Harbour in a ferocious storm.

HMS HOWE the King George V class battleship launched on 9th April 1940.
08/04/2021

HMS HOWE the King George V class battleship launched on 9th April 1940.

A very happy 90th Birthday to JEANIE DEANS launched from the  yard on 7th April 1931.This is my personal tribute, a draw...
06/04/2021

A very happy 90th Birthday to JEANIE DEANS launched from the yard on 7th April 1931.
This is my personal tribute, a drawing I made and had forgotten about.
I have also strung a series of photos from the collection gained over the years covering her career.

Salisbury Class frigate HMS LINCOLN launched on 6th April 1959.
05/04/2021

Salisbury Class frigate HMS LINCOLN launched on 6th April 1959.

Under the Kvaerner banner the then unnamed gas tanker to be HELIOS was launched on April 3rd 1992.
02/04/2021

Under the Kvaerner banner the then unnamed gas tanker to be HELIOS was launched on April 3rd 1992.

Paddler Southsea for the Southern Railway's Portsmouth to Ryde service launched from the  yard April 2nd 1930.
01/04/2021

Paddler Southsea for the Southern Railway's Portsmouth to Ryde service launched from the yard April 2nd 1930.

Paddler Southsea for the Southern Railway's Portsmouth to Ryde service launched from the yard April 2nd 1930.

Cardiff Class bulker IRISH OAK  for Irish Shipping launched on January 19th 1973.  Taken by John ( Mike)  Campbell from ...
19/01/2021

Cardiff Class bulker IRISH OAK for Irish Shipping launched on January 19th 1973.
Taken by John ( Mike) Campbell from his favourite spot on the platers' shed.

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
Glasgow
G51 4XS

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Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00

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Would there have been a accident report about My Great Great Uncle Malcolm Montgomery Originally from the Isle of Skye or any information about it in your records or any information about his time working in the Yard? As a coincidence - I believe the Battleship HMS Valiant was being fitted out at the time of his death, my own Fishing boat is called Valiant.
From 1991
From about 1991 I think
a friend of mine some time ago worked as a tracer in the drawing office her name Margaret Hammond, iwonder how or where she is now can you help stewart martin email [email protected] many thanks
Dated 05/12 /74. Planning department night out. From left to right: unknown, Jack Lawrie, Mervyn Spencer, Andy ?, Willie Hamilton, Bobby Laverty and John Johnston.
Some photos of staff in the ship drawing office in the late 60’s.
Enjoyed the walking tour this afternoon. Nice to discover a little about what I just drive past too often. Didn't have time to come into the centre afterwards but if there's a shipyard tour again soon, then I hope to make time for that. Many thanks to the guides.
Firstly, it was part of our Heritage & should never be forgotten. It must be there to educate the young on what existed, the ships, the workers & the struggles.
Gerald Booth look at this granda xx
My dad worked at Fairfields as either a shipwright or a structural engineer.
A regular litter picking group like "Friends Of The River Kelvin " except along the River Clyde would be a great initiative to see put in place. I do what I can to pick litter along it. But with more willing volunteers "Many Hnds Make Light Work!"