FINNIESTON FERRY CHAINS

WHERE IS IT? Along the banks of the River Clyde, with the best examples just east of the Clyde Arc, opposite Elliot Street

These rusty old chains harken back to the days when the Clyde did not have either the Clyde Arc or the Tradeston Footbridge to help citizens cross the river. These chains belonged to the Finnieston Ferry No.1, better known as Vehicular Ferryboat No.3.



The chains pulled vehicular ferryboats back and forth from Elliot Street in Finnieston on the northern bank, and the General Terminus Quay on the south bank, which is now the Mavisbank Gardens housing estate. The crew had to be careful when crossing, as the river was much busier back then, with large cargo steamers, sailing ships and newly built boats coming and going. These ferries were in use from the late 19th Century up until around 1965.



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