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

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

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Cardiff Class bulk carrier CINCHONA for the East Asiatic Company was launched  on September 9th 1975.
08/09/2021

Cardiff Class bulk carrier CINCHONA for the East Asiatic Company was launched on September 9th 1975.

NORSEA, the biggest and most prestigious passenger ship built on the Clyde since QE2 was launched on September 9th 1986.
08/09/2021

NORSEA, the biggest and most prestigious passenger ship built on the Clyde since QE2 was launched on September 9th 1986.

Alasdair Macfarlane's scraperboard drawing from the Evening Times of SIRA launched  on 3rd December 1952 for Gorressen a...
08/09/2021

Alasdair Macfarlane's scraperboard drawing from the Evening Times of SIRA launched on 3rd December 1952 for Gorressen and Klaveness of Oslo.
Completed in May 1953 she served till 1957 when she was sold to the South African Marine Corporation becoming SOUTH AFRICAN PIONEER later SA PIONEER under Safmarine.
She arrived at Kaohsiung on 28th June 1972 for demolition following a collision off Port Elizabeth in April.

Alasdair Macfarlane's scraperboard drawing from the Evening Times of SIRA launched on 3rd December 1952 for Gorressen and Klaveness of Oslo.
Completed in May 1953 she served till 1957 when she was sold to the South African Marine Corporation becoming SOUTH AFRICAN PIONEER later SA PIONEER under Safmarine.
She arrived at Kaohsiung on 28th June 1972 for demolition following a collision off Port Elizabeth in April.

The  yard launched the passenger liner Campania for Cunard on September 8th 1892.
07/09/2021

The yard launched the passenger liner Campania for Cunard on September 8th 1892.

06/09/2021

The first launch at Govan under the Kvaerner banner, the LPG tanker HELICE which went into the water on September 7th 1990.

Norddeutscher Lloyd's passenger ship Lahn launched from the  yard on September 6th 1887. I think you all know where this...
05/09/2021

Norddeutscher Lloyd's passenger ship Lahn launched from the yard on September 6th 1887. I think you all know where this model can be found.............

Norddeutscher Lloyd's passenger ship Lahn launched from the yard on September 6th 1887. I think you all know where this model can be found.............

Birthday card, Martin Conway's JEANIE DEANS
05/09/2021

Birthday card, Martin Conway's JEANIE DEANS

Birthday card, Martin Conway's JEANIE DEANS

The  Donaldson liner ATHENIA which I understand was originally ordered by Cunard launched on 22nd January 1922 and compl...
02/09/2021

The Donaldson liner ATHENIA which I understand was originally ordered by Cunard launched on 22nd January 1922 and completed in March 1923.
She was tragically torpedoed on September 3rd 1939 just hours into what was to be World War II becoming the first casualty of the conflict.
Thankfully she took about 14 hours to sink and most were rescued but 112 lost their lives.

Tanker Irish Hawthorn for Irish Shipping launched  on August 30th 1957.Chris Howell photo.
29/08/2021

Tanker Irish Hawthorn for Irish Shipping launched on August 30th 1957.
Chris Howell photo.

Tanker Irish Hawthorn for Irish Shipping launched on August 30th 1957.
Chris Howell photo.

One of the early ore/oil carriers Bomi Hills launched 30th August 1951  for Norwegian owners.
29/08/2021

One of the early ore/oil carriers Bomi Hills launched 30th August 1951 for Norwegian owners.

One of the early ore/oil carriers Bomi Hills launched 30th August 1951 for Norwegian owners.

Battle Class destroyer HMS VIGO launched on 27th September 1945 and commissioned in December 1946.She served at Suez in ...
28/08/2021

Battle Class destroyer HMS VIGO launched on 27th September 1945 and commissioned in December 1946.
She served at Suez in 1956 and, decommissioned in 1959 later became the Whale Island Gunnery Training Ship.
She came back to the Clyde at the end of her life arriving at Faslane on 6th December 1964 for demolition.

Battle Class destroyer HMS VIGO launched on 27th September 1945 and commissioned in December 1946.
She served at Suez in 1956 and, decommissioned in 1959 later became the Whale Island Gunnery Training Ship.
She came back to the Clyde at the end of her life arriving at Faslane on 6th December 1964 for demolition.

Canadian Pacific liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA launched from the yard on 28th August 1912.Her model from the previous Model Ca...
27/08/2021

Canadian Pacific liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA launched from the yard on 28th August 1912.
Her model from the previous Model Catalogue produced when the Clyde Room opened at Kelvin Hall. The model is now at the Nitshill store.

PRINCESS MARGUERITE the Canadian Pacific ferry launched on 26th May 1948.She served till 1996 when  following unsuccessf...
25/08/2021

PRINCESS MARGUERITE the Canadian Pacific ferry launched on 26th May 1948.
She served till 1996 when following unsuccessful attempts to preserve arrived at Alang 19th April for breaking up.

British Commodore or British Commodory as the old Fairfield worker related launched from  on August 18th 1966.
17/08/2021

British Commodore or British Commodory as the old Fairfield worker related launched from on August 18th 1966.

At 54600dwt and 760ft in length BRITISH GUARDSMAN was amongst the largest ships built at the yard when she was launched ...
14/08/2021

At 54600dwt and 760ft in length BRITISH GUARDSMAN was amongst the largest ships built at the yard when she was launched by Glasgow's Lord Provost Dame Jean Roberts on 12th December 1962 for BP.
At that time I had a grandstand view of Fairfield from my house and took a sickie from school to watch the launch! Couldn't miss that after watching her building.
Completed in June 1963 like all good BP tankers of the era she died young, demolition at Kaohsiung commencing on 8th January 1976.

Shots of the Israeli ferry/ cruise ship Nili launched at the  yard on  August 11th 1964.Completed in July 1965 she went ...
10/08/2021

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.

TRANSYLVANIA the Anchor liner built in 1925 which was torpedoed off Ireland on August 10th 1940 when acting as an Armed ...
09/08/2021

TRANSYLVANIA the Anchor liner built in 1925 which was torpedoed off Ireland on August 10th 1940 when acting as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was taken in tow but later sank. 48 people lost their lives.
Sadly her predecessor suffered the same fate in 1917 during WW1.

SHELL ARAMARE's sister SHELL NAIGUATA was launched with slight mishap on a very windy 12th May 1960 being completed in S...
09/08/2021

SHELL ARAMARE's sister SHELL NAIGUATA was launched with slight mishap on a very windy 12th May 1960 being completed in September.
Renamed NAIGUATA in 1976 she went to breakers ahead of ARAMARE arriving at Kaohsiung on 15th June 1979.

Named after a part of the Amazonas region of Venezuela which actually has an airport, SHELL ARAMARE was the first of two...
09/08/2021

Named after a part of the Amazonas region of Venezuela which actually has an airport, SHELL ARAMARE was the first of two 34000dwt tankers for Shell Venezuela and was launched on 8th September 1959. She opens the award winning film Seawards the Great Ships with a camera attached to her rudder as she enters the water. She was handed over in February 1960.
In 1976 she became plain ARAMARE and her career ended at Cartagena in Colombia on 29th
August 1981 when demolition commenced.

P Class destroyer HMS Partridge launched from the yard on August 5th 1942. She had a life of just under 4 months as she ...
04/08/2021

P Class destroyer HMS Partridge launched from the yard on August 5th 1942. She had a life of just under 4 months as she was lost in the Med in December 1942 with the loss of over 30 lives. The sad fortunes of War.

P Class destroyer HMS Partridge launched from the yard on August 5th 1942. She had a life of just under 4 months as she was lost in the Med in December 1942 with the loss of over 30 lives. The sad fortunes of War.

Destroyer HMS OFFA launched on 11th March 1941 and commissioned in September. In 1949 she went to the Pakistan Navy as T...
03/08/2021

Destroyer HMS OFFA launched on 11th March 1941 and commissioned in September.
In 1949 she went to the Pakistan Navy as TARIQ and returned to the RN in 1959 arriving at Sunderland on 13th October to be broken up.

Destroyer HMS OFFA launched on 11th March 1941 and commissioned in September.
In 1949 she went to the Pakistan Navy as TARIQ and returned to the RN in 1959 arriving at Sunderland on 13th October to be broken up.

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Hello! My name is Lindsay Robbins and I’m the Project Manager with the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative’s tourism and events focused programme, Turning the Tide on the Clyde. In addition, I am also a postgraduate student at Glasgow Caledonian University in the MSc International Tourism and Events.

As part of a partnership between CDPI and GCU and in fulfillment of my degree requirements, we are pursuing a research project aimed at designing an interactive digital map of the Clyde region. Our vision for this map is to design an online portal where visitors and locals alike can explore the Clyde’s many attractions, events and businesses. Visitors to the map online would find not only the standard information about your business/organisation (like your website and contact details) but more interactive features like: photos, video, reviews, background stories about how your organisation came to be, and much more.

And this is where we need your help! We would love to include Fairfield Heritage & the Govan Workspace in the map. To make sure we make the most of promoting your organisation, we’d like your input and feedback on map as we build it. There are no costs to participate and this is a completely voluntary program.

If you’re interested in being included or if you’ve got any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly. We’re aiming to begin collecting feedback at the end of next week, so if you are interested, please let us know!

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

HMS BLAKE in her final form. Launched from the yard on 20th December 1945 but not completed till 1961.She was extensivel...
30/07/2021

HMS BLAKE in her final form. Launched from the yard on 20th December 1945 but not completed till 1961.
She was extensively altered in 1969.
Going into Reserve in 1980 a reactivation took place in 1982 because of the Falklands crisis but was not completed in time. Breakers at Cairnryan took her and she arrived there on 7th November 1982.

HMS BLAKE in her final form. Launched from the yard on 20th December 1945 but not completed till 1961.
She was extensively altered in 1969.
Going into Reserve in 1980 a reactivation took place in 1982 because of the Falklands crisis but was not completed in time. Breakers at Cairnryan took her and she arrived there on 7th November 1982.

HMS Delight, Fairfield built destroyer launched on 2nd June 1932 and completed in 1933 which, on July 29th 1940 was sunk...
28/07/2021

HMS Delight, Fairfield built destroyer launched on 2nd June 1932 and completed in 1933 which, on July 29th 1940 was sunk by aerial bombing. She left Portland Harbour in daylight apparently against orders and was attacked by 16 German aircraft 20 miles off Portland Bill. A bomb struck her bow which caused a major fire and a subsequent explosion. She sank later that evening with the loss of 6 lives. The wreck is now a Protected Area.

HMS Delight, Fairfield built destroyer launched on 2nd June 1932 and completed in 1933 which, on July 29th 1940 was sunk by aerial bombing. She left Portland Harbour in daylight apparently against orders and was attacked by 16 German aircraft 20 miles off Portland Bill. A bomb struck her bow which caused a major fire and a subsequent explosion. She sank later that evening with the loss of 6 lives. The wreck is now a Protected Area.

The Russian Royal Yacht LIVADIA was by far  one of the most unusual vessels ever to be built on the Cyde.She was built w...
22/07/2021

The Russian Royal Yacht LIVADIA was by far one of the most unusual vessels ever to be built on the Cyde.

She was built when the yard was John Elder & Company, launched on July 7th 1880 and was to a circular hull design. She was completed in September.
Luxuriously appointed she only lasted three years and was used only once. All her fittings and machinery were removed, her engines going to power other Russian naval vessels. The hull was renamed OPYT and was used for varying test purposes finally being abandoned and possibly broken up around 1926, a sad end to a most remarkable ship
A marvellous model can be seen at Glasgow's Riverside Museum and the photos are courtesy Glasgow Museums. The others are from my own collection.

: MORETON BAY which I took at Greenock on her way up to the yard for re-engining.
20/07/2021

: MORETON BAY which I took at Greenock on her way up to the yard for re-engining.

: MORETON BAY which I took at Greenock on her way up to the yard for re-engining.

The P&O passenger liner MONGOLIA completed by Armstrong Whitworth on Tyneside in 1923.In 1938 she went to the New Zealan...
20/07/2021

The P&O passenger liner MONGOLIA completed by Armstrong Whitworth on Tyneside in 1923.
In 1938 she went to the New Zealand Shipping Company as RIMUTAKA.
1951 saw her as NASSAU and in 1961 she became ACAPULCO and came to the yard for a refit. I remember going to Meadowside Quay to see her where she went for work to be completed.
She did not last long after that and was broken up in Japan at Sakai in January 1965.

"Born in Govan. Made in shipyards." #UCS 🚢🎨
15/07/2021

"Born in Govan. Made in shipyards." #UCS 🚢🎨

🚢 Fairfield Heritage is RE-OPENING! ⭐From Tuesday August 3rd, we will be absolutely DELIGHTED to throw open the doors & ...
15/07/2021
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Passenger ship ALASKA for the Guion Line which was launched from Elder's at Govan on July 15th 1881.
14/07/2021

Passenger ship ALASKA for the Guion Line which was launched from Elder's at Govan on July 15th 1881.

Passenger ship ALASKA for the Guion Line which was launched from Elder's at Govan on July 15th 1881.

Another Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II, this time for Philippine interests was launched on July 14th 1976
13/07/2021

Another Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II, this time for Philippine interests was launched on July 14th 1976

The Union Steamship Company of New Zealand's ferry WAHINE launched from the yard on 14th July 1965.
13/07/2021

The Union Steamship Company of New Zealand's ferry WAHINE launched from the yard on 14th July 1965.

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
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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.