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Old Port Glasgow

Old Port Glasgow Old Port Glasgow. Before the Clyde was deepened at Glasgow in the late eighteenth century, large trading vessels could not sail up it as far as the city, and Port Glasgow was created in the 1660s as a deep water port for the city, facilitating its trade with the New World. The port and its accompanying village grew substantially, and in 1775 absorbed the neighbouring fishing village of Newark. By this stage, however, trade was shifting gradually eastwards to Glasgow as the Clyde was deepened. Fortunately Port Glasgow began to diversify its economy, with shipbuilding commencing about this time. Along with sail- and rope-making, shipbuilding became a key source of employment in the town, and these industries supported it well into the twentieth century. Having expanded dramatically during its boom years, the Port Glasgow of the last century found itself with an unenviable amount of cramped and inadequate housing. This problem was addressed throughout the century, with new developments replacing many of the crowded and crumbling tenements and closes. During the same period the harbour - the original reason for the town's establishment - was filled in too. Joy Monteith's text provides a fascinating background to the wide-ranging collection of pictures in this book, which illustrate the key aspects of Port Glasgow's growth and redevelopment from the late Victorian period up to 1970.

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