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.
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For over 100 years Govan has been the centre of shipbuilding on the River Clyde. 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]

Shell Naiguata the second of the Shell Venezuela tankers launched with slight mishap at the  yard on a windy 12th May 19...
12/05/2020

Shell Naiguata the second of the Shell Venezuela tankers launched with slight mishap at the yard on a windy 12th May 1960.

Caledonian Steam Packet Company's paddler DUCHESS OF FIFE launched at the Fairfield yard on May 9th 1903.
09/05/2020

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

For Ian Morrison GLENOGLE being manoeuvred into the basin.
05/05/2020

For Ian Morrison GLENOGLE being manoeuvred into the basin.

Launched without the tugs from the  yard on May 3rd 1962 GLENOGLE the first of two fast cargo liners for Glen Line.
03/05/2020

Launched without the tugs from the yard on May 3rd 1962 GLENOGLE the first of two fast cargo liners for Glen Line.

HMS DAINTY, D Class destroyer launched from the  yard on May 3rd 1932.
03/05/2020

HMS DAINTY, D Class destroyer launched from the yard on May 3rd 1932.

Simoa seen here as she later became, SA Transporter,  the general cargo ship for Norwegian owners launched from the Fair...
30/04/2020

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

Elder's/Fairfield stalwartsCharles Randolph,John Elder,Sir William Pearce and Sir William G Pearce
30/04/2020

Elder's/Fairfield stalwarts

Charles Randolph,John Elder,Sir William Pearce and Sir William G Pearce

Norwegian bulk carrier ENDURO launched from the Fairfield yard on 28th April 1952
28/04/2020

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

Paddler La Marguerite which was originally for the South Coast then ended her days with the Liverpool and North Wales Co...
23/04/2020

Paddler La Marguerite which was originally for the South Coast then ended her days with the Liverpool and North Wales Company was launched from the Fairfield yard April 23rd 1894.
Card in Clyde Shiplovers' Soc collection in Glasgow

The Fairfield yard launched the Salisbury Class frigate HMS CHICHESTER also on April 21st 1955.
21/04/2020

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

Dressed overall, the Bibby Line's passenger ship CHESHIRE launched on April 20th 1927 at the Fairfield yard.
20/04/2020

Dressed overall, the Bibby Line's passenger ship CHESHIRE launched on April 20th 1927 at the Fairfield yard.

The Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company's excursion vessel St Tudno built at the Fairfield yard in 1926 which ar...
19/04/2020

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 and I took this from the Great Orme at Llandudno and a card of her at Menai Bridge.

Bosphorus ferry HARBIYE with sister INKILAP launched at the Fairfield yard April 19th 1961.
19/04/2020

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

Reardon Smith bulk carrier CORNISH CITY launched from UCS at Govan on April 17th 1969. Photo courtesy Mike Drake  reardo...
17/04/2020

Reardon Smith bulk carrier CORNISH CITY launched from UCS at Govan on April 17th 1969.
Photo courtesy Mike Drake reardonsmithships.co.uk

Bosphorus ferry KUZGUNCUK built at the Fairfield yard in 1961 arrived at Aliaga on April 15th 2000 to be scrapped.
15/04/2020

Bosphorus ferry KUZGUNCUK built at the Fairfield yard in 1961 arrived at Aliaga on April 15th 2000 to be scrapped.

CANADA MARQUIS, the second of three Great Lakes/ deep sea bulkers was launched at Govan on April 15th 1983.
15/04/2020

CANADA MARQUIS, the second of three Great Lakes/ deep sea bulkers was launched at Govan on April 15th 1983.

Another disaster for which April 10th will be remembered is that of the foundering of the 1966  built New Zealand ferry ...
10/04/2020

Another disaster for which April 10th will be remembered is that of the foundering of the 1966 built New Zealand ferry WAHINE on Barratt's Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour on the morning of April 10th 1968 in a horrendous storm.
51 perished that day and a further two were to pass away later.

CSP/LMS Clyde paddler JUPITER launched from the  yard on April 9th 1937.
09/04/2020

CSP/LMS Clyde paddler JUPITER launched from the yard on April 9th 1937.

King George V Class battleship HMS Howe launched from the yard April 9th 1940.
09/04/2020

King George V Class battleship HMS Howe launched from the yard April 9th 1940.

Courtesy VItor Francisco Ocean Post page a fine Fairfield product Model of the S.S. "ORANJE NASSAU", ordered in 1908, sh...
08/04/2020

Courtesy VItor Francisco Ocean Post page a fine Fairfield product

Model of the S.S. "ORANJE NASSAU", ordered in 1908, she was built in Scotland and started service in 1909. This beautiful ship was just over 2.800 GT and had capacity for 350 passengers on the Vlissigen to Folkstone service, operated by STOOMVAART MIJ ZEELAND, with 10.000 shp, she was a very fast ship, with a cruising speed of 22 knots. She survived two world wars, scrapped in 1954. My photos taken at the STENA LINE cruise-ferry terminal at Hoek Van Holland

RFA LYME BAY at Erskine in 2007  following her completion at the yard. She was brought up to Govan for completion when S...
07/04/2020

RFA LYME BAY at Erskine in 2007 following her completion at the yard. She was brought up to Govan for completion when Swan Hunter on the Tyne closed.

Amazing what you find when you are at home and searching through old stuff.  Always thought I had never done a JEANIE DE...
07/04/2020

Amazing what you find when you are at home and searching through old stuff. Always thought I had never done a JEANIE DEANS drawing but here's one.
Can't remember when I did it but nice to unearth it on her 89th birthday.

Very happy 89th birthday to JEANIE DEANS launched April 7th 1931.
07/04/2020

Very happy 89th birthday to JEANIE DEANS launched April 7th 1931.

One of the late John (Iain) Forsyth's photos which he kindly let me have; Fairfield built Glenfalloch at the Forth Bridg...
05/04/2020

One of the late John (Iain) Forsyth's photos which he kindly let me have; Fairfield built Glenfalloch at the Forth Bridges outbound from Grangemouth in the 70s.

Nice trials shot of NORMANNIA built in 1890 for the Hamburg America Line with a shot of her model in the Riverside Museu...
03/04/2020

Nice trials shot of NORMANNIA built in 1890 for the Hamburg America Line with a shot of her model in the Riverside Museum.

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
19/03/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

16/03/2020

Unfortunately due to the uncertainty around the coronavirus and in consultation with our team of volunteers, we have decided to close Fairfield Heritage until further notice. We have also postponed our walking tour and evening talk on 25th March. Please keep check back for updates!
We hope to get back to normal in the near future. Apologies for any inconvenience!

12/03/2020
Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
12/03/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret to announce the postponement of this Saturday's planned Fairfield Family Histo...
11/03/2020

Due to unforeseen circumstances we regret to announce the postponement of this Saturday's planned Fairfield Family History Open Day (March 14th)

A new event date will be posted as soon as possible. Fairfield Heritage would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her ...
11/03/2020
The latest on the Waverley!

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!

Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and news on the future of the vessel!

Please join us for a tea/coffee from 1.30pm then at 2pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom for this talk by Iain Quinn.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-latest-on-the-waverley-tickets-86907339191?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and latest news on progress!

Loved this paddler LA MARGUERITE built by Fairfield in 1894 for service on the Thames and actually owned by them when he...
09/03/2020

Loved this paddler LA MARGUERITE built by Fairfield in 1894 for service on the Thames and actually owned by them when her Thames owners couldn't really pay up for her.
She eventually became part of the Liverpool and North Wales company

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
05/03/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

End of shift on HMS HOWE around 1942.
04/03/2020

End of shift on HMS HOWE around 1942.

Keep yer eyes peeled for some exciting summer screenings in #Govan! 🎬🎉
29/02/2020

Keep yer eyes peeled for some exciting summer screenings in #Govan! 🎬🎉

🎥 DID YOU KNOW a vast archive of Scottish film footage dating from 1895 onwards is looked after by the National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall?

The Govan Stones & Fairfield Heritage volunteer teams had a BRILLIANT morning with friendly National Library staff demonstrating how to search the archive and request footage for community events showings!

We can't wait to get some screenings booked in... Watch this space! 🎬 #govan

More on the Moving Image Archive here: 👇https://www.nls.uk/collections/moving-image-archive

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
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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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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!"