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]

Operating as usual

Canadian Pacific passenger liner Empress of  Ireland launched from the yard on January 27th 1906 at Liverpool getting re...
27/01/2021

Canadian Pacific passenger liner Empress of Ireland launched from the yard on January 27th 1906 at Liverpool getting ready for her maiden voyage.

Seen here fitting out in this marvellous aerial shot of the  yard is the Irish Shipping tanker IRISH BLACKTHORN launched...
27/01/2021

Seen here fitting out in this marvellous aerial shot of the yard is the Irish Shipping tanker IRISH BLACKTHORN launched on 27th January 1959 and completed later that year.
As CAPTAIN ELIAS she arrived at Castellon under tow for scrapping on September 30th 1969 following a grounding.
She is sharing the basin with HMS' BLAKE and LiNCOLN.

£5k to spare? Then this is yours on Ebay.......
26/01/2021

£5k to spare? Then this is yours on Ebay.......

The Cardiff Class bulk carrier Fresno City launched for Reardon Smith at the yard on July 3rd 1970.
23/01/2021

The Cardiff Class bulk carrier Fresno City launched for Reardon Smith at the yard on July 3rd 1970.

22/01/2021

An Obituary in yesterday’s Herald on Fred M Walker, naval architect. Educated at Glasgow University and author of many books including ‘Song of the Clyde’ published in 1984. Worked at Denny’s, Fairfield, also Hall Russell’s. He built a replica of HMS Endeavour.

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.

Classic cutaway drawing from the Eagle of the Canadian Pacific turbo electric cargo liner BEAVERCOVE launched on 16th Ju...
11/01/2021

Classic cutaway drawing from the Eagle of the Canadian Pacific turbo electric cargo liner BEAVERCOVE launched on 16th July 1946 and delivered one month later.
She was one of four sisters,the other three coming from Lithgow's.
She was renamed MAPLECOVE for a period before reverting back to her own name.
As GIOVANNA COSTA she was broken up at La Spezia in 1971.

First of four large and three smaller Polish bulk carriers Kopalnia Jastrzebie was launched at Govan on January 10th 197...
10/01/2021

First of four large and three smaller Polish bulk carriers Kopalnia Jastrzebie was launched at Govan on January 10th 1979.

Happy New Year to everyone on Fairfield Heritage Thanks for all your input during 2020 and looking forward to the same t...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year to everyone on Fairfield Heritage Thanks for all your input during 2020 and looking forward to the same this year.It was devastating having to close all those months ago but hopefully at some point we can welcome you all again in 21.

From Stuart Cameron Scottish Shipbuilding & Engineering Heritage  page Glenfalloch almost ready for launch at Govan, Jul...
29/12/2020

From Stuart Cameron Scottish Shipbuilding & Engineering Heritage page

Glenfalloch almost ready for launch at Govan, July 1962.

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH's final JourneyThames excursion paddler of course better known as JEANIE DEANS built at the  yard in ...
28/12/2020

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH's final Journey

Thames excursion paddler of course better known as JEANIE DEANS built at the yard in 1931 arrived at Antwerp on 28th December 1967 for breaking up after a brave but unsuccessful career on the Thames following her sale in 1965.

Merry Christmas to all followers of the page. Have a good time as much as the conditions allow. Hopefully 2021 will see ...
25/12/2020

Merry Christmas to all followers of the page. Have a good time as much as the conditions allow. Hopefully 2021 will see us in a better time.

SIR LANCELOTIn her original troopship colours on trials in January 1964.She was launched from the  yard on 25th June 196...
22/12/2020

SIR LANCELOT

In her original troopship colours on trials in January 1964.
She was launched from the yard on 25th June 1963.
She and her sisters were originally managed by British India.

⏳ #OnThisDay in Govan history, 18th December 1888 - the death of Sir William Pearce.Under Pearce's time as chairman, #Fa...
18/12/2020

⏳ #OnThisDay in Govan history, 18th December 1888 - the death of Sir William Pearce.

Under Pearce's time as chairman, #Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. became a world leader in marine engineering and ship design. To this day, a portrait of Sir William Pearce hangs above the fireplace in the historic Fairfield Shipyard boardroom.

The first MP elected to represent #Govan, Pearce's statue still stands at Govan Cross, near the Pearce Institute, which was gifted to the people of Govan by his widow.

EMPRESS OF JAPAN launched from the yard on 17th December 1929. She later became EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND then HANSEATIC.
17/12/2020

EMPRESS OF JAPAN launched from the yard on 17th December 1929. She later became EMPRESS OF SCOTLAND then HANSEATIC.

🎥⛪ TONIGHT - The Fairfield squad are looking forward to this! #Govan #Wanderland
16/12/2020

🎥⛪ TONIGHT - The Fairfield squad are looking forward to this! #Govan #Wanderland

💥 Govan Heritage Trust is excited to announce the unexpected discovery of a stunning historic film reel, found in the basement of Govan Old Church!

Recent digitisation of this mystery projector reel revealed footage of a festive 1960s Christmas service in full swing!

To celebrate Govan's first EVER Winter Window Wanderland, Double Take Projections will be on site, projecting this found footage hundreds of feet high on the exterior of Govan Old Church throughout the evening of Wednesday 16th December! ⛪

Pop by any time between 4pm and 7pm to see Govan Old like you've NEVER seen it before! 😍

Full details on the Govan-wide Winter Window Wanderland event here 👇:
https://www.windowwanderland.com/event/govan-2020-dec/

Huge thanks to Govan Housing Association Govan & Linthouse Parish Get into Govan, The Robertson Trust, The Trusthouse Foundation, and Museums Galleries Scotland for helping us make this event happen! ❤️

Following the end of trooping OXFORDSHIRE was converted to a passenger ship and had a long and successful life as FAIRST...
15/12/2020

Following the end of trooping OXFORDSHIRE was converted to a passenger ship and had a long and successful life as FAIRSTAR

Happy 60th to the Bibby Line's troopship Oxfordshire launched from the yard on December 15th 1955.
15/12/2020

Happy 60th to the Bibby Line's troopship Oxfordshire launched from the yard on December 15th 1955.

The Fairfield shipyard gates making a cameo during the Govan Fair! Did you ever attend a #Govan Fair procession? 🎉
12/12/2020

The Fairfield shipyard gates making a cameo during the Govan Fair! Did you ever attend a #Govan Fair procession? 🎉

Fairfield Shipyard gates at Elder Street during the Govan Fair Procession

🚂 We love this image of the Fairfield Train making its way along #Govan Road!
10/12/2020

🚂 We love this image of the Fairfield Train making its way along #Govan Road!

Here's the Fairfield train coming along Govan Rd.- Grant MCAllister

I see elsewhere that the former NORSEA now PRIDE OF YORK is leaving Hull today " for disposal " The Hull to Zeebrugge ro...
10/12/2020

I see elsewhere that the former NORSEA now PRIDE OF YORK is leaving Hull today " for disposal " The Hull to Zeebrugge route that she ran on latterly was closed as far as I am aware because of losses sustained because of Coronavirus

ATLANTIC CITY on trials Reardon Smith bulk carrier featured in the Sean Connery  documentary The Bowler and the Bunnet w...
08/12/2020

ATLANTIC CITY on trials

Reardon Smith bulk carrier featured in the Sean Connery documentary The Bowler and the Bunnet which was given a showing on TV yesterday.
One of a series of large vessels for the company she was launched from the yard on 10th February 1967 and completed April/May about the time of filming.

📺 TONIGHT, A RARE SCREENING - THE BOWLER AND THE BUNNET! 🚢The only film ever directed by Sean Connery, 'The Bowler and t...
07/12/2020

📺 TONIGHT, A RARE SCREENING - THE BOWLER AND THE BUNNET! 🚢

The only film ever directed by Sean Connery, 'The Bowler and the Bunnet' is a must-see, hour-long documentary chronicling first-hand the impact of new working practices at the Fairfields shipyard in the mid 1960s.

Airing on STV, Monday, 11.05pm, and on demand on the STV Player. We'll be watching! 💥

06/12/2020

You may already know that Sean Connery's Bowler and Bunnet documentary about the yard is being rerun on STV at 11.05pm tomorrow Monday 7th

Canadian Pacific passenger liner MONTROSE built at the  yard in 1922 which as HMS FORFAR was torpedoed and sunk off Irel...
02/12/2020

Canadian Pacific passenger liner MONTROSE built at the yard in 1922 which as HMS FORFAR was torpedoed and sunk off Ireland on December 2nd 1940. Only 21 survived out of a complement of 193.

BRITISH GUARDSMAN a 54000dwt supertanker of her day launched on 12th December 1962. I was guilty of truancy to see her g...
02/12/2020

BRITISH GUARDSMAN a 54000dwt supertanker of her day launched on 12th December 1962. I was guilty of truancy to see her go in.........

Taken from the Clydeport Harbour Control courtesy of Bill Forth the launch of the Kuwaiti general cargo ship Ibn Rushd f...
29/11/2020

Taken from the Clydeport Harbour Control courtesy of Bill Forth the launch of the Kuwaiti general cargo ship Ibn Rushd from the yard on November 29th 1974.

The large suction dredger Pacifique which was launched from the yard by now UCS Govan on 26th November 1969 for DOS Dred...
26/11/2020

The large suction dredger Pacifique which was launched from the yard by now UCS Govan on 26th November 1969 for DOS Dredging.
She had a long career and went to the Alang beaches arriving on 18th October 2011 and beached on the 27th.

Courtesy of Sandy Kerr in Vancouver this fine shot of the Canadian Pacific passenger liner Empress of Asia launched from...
23/11/2020

Courtesy of Sandy Kerr in Vancouver this fine shot of the Canadian Pacific passenger liner Empress of Asia launched from the yard on November 23rd 1912.

📣 A generous gift makes its way to Fairfield! 💥We're blown away by the donation of the stunning S.S. Keewatin limited ed...
19/11/2020

📣 A generous gift makes its way to Fairfield! 💥

We're blown away by the donation of the stunning S.S. Keewatin limited edition book - only 8,000 of which were ever printed!

Built on the Clyde by Govan's Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company and launched in 1907, the S.S. Keewatin is now the world's last UK-built, Edwardian-era passenger steamship in existence. Today, berthed in Port McNicoll, Ontario, Canada, the S.S. Keewatin serves as a hugely popular Steamship Museum attraction!

This publication is a remarkable addition to our archive - all thanks to the generosity of Fairfield Heritage volunteer Sandra Kane. Sandra's donation follows her visit to the S.S. Keewatin in Canada, where she was welcomed as a VIP representative from Fairfield!

Sandra not only gifts the publication to Fairfield Heritage but also a specially minted Royal Canadian Mint Keewatin limited edition commemorative coin. Take a look at the images below to get a glimpse of the incredible quality and detail! 🚢📖

Type 45 HMS DRAGON  launched on 17th November 2008.
17/11/2020

Type 45 HMS DRAGON launched on 17th November 2008.

British Guardsman, one of the first of the all-aft design tankers for BP. Built at the  yard in 1963  she arrived at Kao...
14/11/2020

British Guardsman, one of the first of the all-aft design tankers for BP. Built at the yard in 1963 she arrived at Kaohsiung on November 14th 1975 for breaking up.

Union-Castle passenger liner Balmoral Castle launched at the Fairfield yard on November 13th 1909. State Library of Vict...
13/11/2020

Union-Castle passenger liner Balmoral Castle launched at the Fairfield yard on November 13th 1909.
State Library of Victoria, Green collection photo.
You can just see her model in the background of the second photo at Riverside Museum

I think this is the right one! Canadian Pacific's EMPRESS OF BRITAIN launched on November 11th 1905.
11/11/2020

I think this is the right one! Canadian Pacific's EMPRESS OF BRITAIN launched on November 11th 1905.

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
Glasgow
G51 4XS

Opening Hours

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!"