Bridging gap for motorway workers

IT was full steam ahead for construction on the River Clyde in 1969.

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Boatman James Urquhart, 63, of Borland Drive, had a great view of the work.

As captain of the Ventore II, he was the busiest sailor on the Clyde.

He would cross the river up to 240 times a day, carrying personnel working on the massive project to build the Kingston Bridge.

Back then the river was still a hive of activity, with huge ships sailing up the Clyde to unload iron ore at General Terminus Quay on the south bank, or sailing in to Kingston dock which was filled in to create the Riverview Drive flats.

Within a decade of the bridge being built the Clyde had fallen silent, with the cries of sea gulls and roar of road traffic replacing the shouts of the river men.


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