When the Comet, the world's first commercial steamship was
launched on the River Clyde in 1812, Scotland's reputation as a
centre for shipbuilding excellence was firmly secured.
By the 1940s, the Clyde waterfront was alive with cargo
ships and pleasure boats. People not only enjoyed and benefited
from the Clyde's activity, they were central to it.
For decades the river was the powerhouse of Scotland
and Clydeside was the birthplace of a number of historic ships.
The Clyde Waterfront Heritage
website contains further information about the history of the Clyde
and details of places to visit along the 20km of river
from Glasgow Green to Dumbarton.
As an industrial giant of the past, the River Clyde's proud
heritage is well documented in pictures. You can view a
selection of video clips and archive photographs which highlights
the river's rich history.