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Yesterday's board away day on Inclusion, Diversity, Equality and Accessibility at the fabulous board room of Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard
What a day we had yesterday 🤩
Our project welcomed people from Central and West Integration Network who made the day ❤️
Our theme was Housing and we walked around the Govan area to show our visitors all places that support not only locals 🤗
Sunny Govan Community Radio was our first stop where our walk leader Angie introduced the local radio station and how people can access the live broadcast 🎶
The Portal Arts in Gallery 966 and Gilded Lily Inspiring Enterprise CIC shared some useful leaflets to let our visitors know what kind of support they might find there 🌸
Angie also included the shipyards in Govan with the Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard museum 🚢
Elder park and the library was our next stop where Angie talked about the history and importance having these places in Govan.
Maslows Community Shop - Govan and Starter Packs Glasgow and Make Do and Grow CIC were other stops to gain some helpful information and tips.
Mary Barbour Statue was very important stop to explain the amazing work that Mary did for the local community 🏘️
Our very last stop was the council stall to say hello to Susan from Govan Housing Association where she represented the community and services 🤩
We would like to say a big thank you to all participants yesterday ❤️ we had such a good time and we hope to see you next week 🤗
Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is the annual event celebrating the city’s architecture, culture and heritage. It began as part of the City of Culture celebrations in 1990 and has grown to include over 100 historic buildings, theatres, museum stores, factories, studios and breweries. Running from 12-18th September this year, it is a joyous opportunity to further explore our shared built environment. The old advice in Glasgow was always to look up to see local architecture that you miss when you are shoe-gazing your way along familiar streets. This is a chance to be invited in to hear the real story behind familiar landmarks.
For a surprising visit, book to see The Revelator at Barclay Curle by the Clyde. An old shipyard building is now home to The Revelator, a handmade circular wooden building sculpted with traditional joints, the vision of artist Stephen Skrynka and a team of local volunteers.
Holmwood is a family home in the Southside, masterfully designed by Alexander Greek Thomson and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. The doors will be open to the property, designed for paper magnate James Couper and his wife in 1857.
There's an opportunity to tour the James McCune Smith Learning Hub on University Avenue, one of the most significant new buildings in the city with views of the west end from the seventh floor terrace.
A further glimpse of local industrial heritage comes from Fairfield Heritage, a monument to marine engineering and shipbuilding excellence in Govan.
The Pyramid at Anderston will be hosting a mini-exhibition of photos that we have recently found during renovation works which depict the construction of the building and the changing landscape of Anderston in the late 1960's.
Our great grandfather, Francis Toner, moved his family from Ireland to Govan to work in the shipyards. Sadly, he was involved in a serious accident whilst working on a ship which resulted in his death a year later. The family lived in Helen Street but moved to Mansefield Street (which became Pearce Street) and our great grandmother nursed him in a room at the back of a confectionary shop. He was only 34 years old. Looking at the list, on the Govan Press, it appears that accidents were very common. 😞
My grandfather Archie Paterson (caulker) who started work in the yard in 1897. I attach a photo of his trade papers, yard photo 1914 (he's back row, extreme right) and the notice from the Govan Press of him being wounded in WW1 (1916, France). He continued working at the yard till the late 50's and received a gold watch for working on both Fairfield, Empress of Britain (1905 and 1956). He lived at 52 Fairfield Street (across the road). My father and myself (both Archie) followed in his footsteps and working in the yard, though my 45 years could not eclipse the 60 years of my grandfather.
Found this ad on the web.
I was a sailor first ... I sailed the sea ...
... Those are the beginning lines of the autobiographical song written by Ringo Starr (with Dave Stewart) ... 'LIVERPOOL 8' ...
So what's it all about ...
The year was 1956 and RiNGO had not yet turned 16 years old ...
And ... Here is the story behind the lyrics ...
In RiNGO's OWN WORDS ...
“I was a sailor first, and it was on the SS St Tudno to Llandudno. It left at 10 in the morning and came back at eight o’clock every day.
“I wanted to go deep sea because everybody in our neighbourhood, there was always a lad in any family was in the Merchant Navy.
“If you did those coastal boats you stood a good chance of getting in the union and getting your deep sea ticket. Anyway, it only lasted five weeks because they didn’t like my attitude."
___________________ ⭐🔑 ____________________
The Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company...
From the 1890s until 1963 the company would ply their main route from Liverpool to Llandudno along the Menai Strait and around Anglesey, carrying up to 2,500 passengers a day during the busy summer season.
In 1956, a 15 years old Richy Starkey, known the world over today by the name RiNGO Starr, was hired as a bar waiter on the SS St. Tudno, one of three pleasure steamers operated by the Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company.
Being a sailor had a certain appeal for the ladies, Ringo later recalled chatting up girls using the line 'I'm in the navy. I just got back'. When suitably impressed young ladies would ask 'when did you leave?' he'd reply 'Ten o'clock this morning.'
But he only lasted at this job about 5 weeks, when one morning, arriving for work hung-over, he had words with his boss and was sacked on the spot.
But the firing was an important part of his life because ...
It was at his next job, after this firing, where he met up with several co-workers who got him interested in Skiffle music and founded a band together ... The Eddie Clayton Skiffle Band ...
And started him on his road to professional drummer ...
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Here is a picture of my Papa who worked in the ship yard, Archie Reid
LET'S SAVE THE WORLD'S LAST STEAM SHIP S/S TURAN EMEKSIZ!
PLEASE SIGN FOR RESCUE!!!
S/S Turan Emeksiz, the world's LAST STEAM SHIP, built on a special order in Glasgow/Scotland (Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company) by Maritime Enterprises City Lines in 1961, may not die like her other sisters!!
This ferry, which shuttled between the two sides of Istanbul from 1961 to 2005, was sold to a private enterprise in 2007 and turned into a Hotel & Restaurant ship in Mudanya.
The pandemic in early 2020 also affected this last steamship, and its manager pulled S/S Turan Emeksiz's pier from the quay. For the last 1 year, the ship has been abandoned to its fate. During the negotiations with the operators, it was stated that the ship would be emptied and dismantled. It is obvious that the end of these processes will go to the ship dismantling facilities in Aliağa.
We would like to see the S/S Turan Emeksiz ferry at the Kadıköy or Karaköy pier, which is a constant haunt as an art and culture monument with the contributions of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and/or the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The memories of this beautiful lady, the last of the 9 sister ferries, which are the symbol of Istanbul, are for the sake of memories and we think that she deserves this value as a beautiful trace of history.
Names of 9 “Devekuşu” sisters:
S/S A. Kavağı
S/S Teğmen Ali İhsan Kalmaz
S/S Turan Emeksiz
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We are delighted that the feedback we have worked to put together; on community priorities of heritage, tourism, learning, jobs, training, employment and recreation have been taken on board...
Over the past year we have had some constructive dialogue with New City Vision Ltd about their emerging plans for Govan Graving Docks and how we can work with them to reactivate the site.
Crucially, we are aiming to establish the scope for negotiation over the extent of housing in the overall development, particularly on the Govan Road edge along the large No.3 dry dock and we're looking forward to NCV's response on that point.
We are also working to agree a roadmap to community ownership of the site.
At this stage it is encouraging that NCV have adopted some of the recommendations from our Govan Voices consultation and that through Tom Laurie they have also sought to constructively engage all of the key local stakeholders in shaping their strategy and plans.
It is clear that we have gained important concessions from NCV on behalf of the community and while there is still a lot of progress to be made in reducing the housing footprint, they seem to have taken some welcome steps in the right direction.
You can see NCV's latest plans athttps://www.transformingplanning.scot/media/1672/115-new-city-vision-ltd-appendix-b.pdf