This view is taken from the former West entrance to the Princes Dock. The new collier Sir Charles Parsons, one of three sister ships built by Govan Shipbuilders in 1985 was being moved from her builders fitting out basin to the No 3 Drydock for pre-trials hull inspection and cleaning. At this time she was entering the Princes Dock stern first to be aligned for stemming into the drydock which is on the left on the picture.
The tower of the University of Glasgow is prominent in the background. The university has the oldest Chair of Naval Architecture in the world. The Elder Chair was established in memory of the pioneering shipbuilder John Elder, the founder of the Govan shipyard in which this vessel was built. See -
Sir Charles Parsons was built specifically to ship coal supplies into large coastal powers stations in England e.g. Kingsnorth. Hence, she carried the logo of the former Central Electricity Generating Board on her funnel. More details of the ship at: