Birds' Eye Views of Glasgow
- Paddle steamer "Waverley" and Kingston Bridge
The paddle steamer "Waverley" is the last sea-gong vessel of its kind. The vessel takes day trippers on a sail "doon the watter" to the Firth of Clyde. The distinctive red white and black funnels, raked back at a jaunty angle, steam to places like Gourock, Largs, Dunoon and the islands of Bute and Arran.
The Waverley was built in 1946-47 specifically to work on the river Clyde and its wide estuary. Threatened with the breakers' yard in 1970, a group of enthusiasts saved her and she not only continues a tradition that goes back to the 19th century on the Clyde, but undertakes trips from various other holiday resorts around the coast of Britain.
Berthed at Lancefield Quay, the nearby buildings were once dockside warehouses. These were converted into luxury flats a number of years ago - one of the first of many regeneration projects which are transforming the banks of the Clyde.
The bridge further up the river is the Kingston Bridge, carrying the M8 motorway through the heart of Glasgow and the busiest river crossing in Europe.
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