On a cold foggy and snowy Clyde day in 1984 Sealink's Stranraer - Larne ferry Ailsa Princess is seen stemming into the No 3 drydock from the Princes Dock canting basin. The large yellow travelling crane was one of two that worked the Govan Graving Docks. In common with the three drydocks the cranes were listed as being of importance in industrial heritage and architectural terms. Unfortunately, this classification did not prevent the the structures from being illegally destroyed when ClydeDock abandonned the historic dockyard in the mid 1980s. It has been suggested that this action was taken to make the site more attractive to property developers. However, over twenty years later the historic dockyard remains derelict and wantonly vandalised. The chance to create a world class maritime heritage centre to commemorate the River Clyde's enormous and unequalled contribution to world shipbuilding and engineering was actively discouraged and prevented by government and development agencies. Only in the UK could important industrial and social heritage be dismissed in favour of characterless and unremarkable property development and, so-called, urban renewal.