Passing over the Clyde Tunnel as she approached Whiteinch on the north back of the river Waverley's passengers saw little evidence that this site was one occupied by the world renowned Clydeholm shipyard of Barclay Curle & Company. Amongst the 700-plus ships that the firm produced during a century and a half on the Clyde were the troop carrying liners Kenya, Uganda and Nevasa for the British India Steam Navigation Company, the latter two becoming well know schools cruise ships in their latter careers.
The British India Steam Navigation Company was founded by Campbeltown born William McKinnon. It was originally headquartered in Glasgow before moving to London. At one time it was the largest shipping company in the world. Later it combined with the famous Peninsula & Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) under the control of another Scot, the Earl of Inchcape, James Mackay.