A view looking downriver from Windmillcroft Quay in 1976. The Caledonian MacBrayne excursion turbine steamer Queen Mary has just departed from her berth at Anderston Quay. She had just resumed services from Glasgow following a gap of 6 years but by this time her traditional berth at Bridge Wharf had closed and she shared Anderston Quay with the paddle steamer Waverley.
The nearest vessel on the left is the David MacBrayne cargo vessel Loch Carron at Springfield Quay. She operated cargo services to the Western Isles. Until the 1960s a fleet of such vessels were operated by MacBraynes from the Kingston Dock. Howeever, the traffic was diminishing and Kingston Dock was closed and filled in to enable the construction of the Kingston Bridge and M8 motorway. The services from Springfield Quay lasted for only a short time. Formerly Springfield Quay had been used for services to Burma and France and the following link picture shows the quay when it still had its complement of cargo handling cranes (one of the cranes in the Kingston Dock can also be seen in the distance) :
They can also be seen in the distance in the following mid-1950s view from the Stobcross Crane when the General Terminus unloaders were being constructed
Above, an ore carrier is being unloaded at General Terminus and three large ocean going vessels are laid up at Mavisbank and Plantation Quays (now Pacific Quay) in the distance.
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