A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

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A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

Post by Penny Tray » Mon May 03, 2021 2:09 pm

Those of us of a certain age will know exactly what is happening here: -

https://i1.wp.com/www.dalmadan.com/wp-c ... .jpg?ssl=1
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Re: A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

Post by Meg » Mon May 03, 2021 2:30 pm

I loved walking up the gangplank onto the glen sannox - if I shut my eyes I can remember the smells and the noises. Hope we can get to Arran this summer - having withdrawal symptoms.

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Re: A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

Post by Hughie » Tue May 04, 2021 12:23 am

In that photo, on the left was the usual berth for the lairds Isle - in the 1950s on Glasgow Fair Friday the place would be jumping. In addition to extra sailings to Belfast, on the right in the photo was where extra sailings by Isle of Man steamers started from, they too would be loading Glaswegians though for Douglas on the isle of Man.

Further along the dock to the left of where the boys are playing on the gangplank was where the Lairds Wood, a cargo vessel always berthed - it went between Ardrossan and Belfast. The harbour was one of our boyhood playgrounds along with the North Shore and the countryside. At the harbour if we weren't digging at the tanker berth for rag-worms for bait, we'd be fishing at the light house or carrying cases for holidaymakers for a bob or two.

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Re: A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

Post by 0802 » Fri May 07, 2021 6:54 pm

Penny Tray wrote:
Mon May 03, 2021 2:09 pm
Those of us of a certain age will know exactly what is happening here: -

https://i1.wp.com/www.dalmadan.com/wp-c ... .jpg?ssl=1
What date would this photo be from roughly?

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Re: A recollection of Ardrossan Harbour

Post by Penny Tray » Sat May 08, 2021 10:33 am

I'm thinking circa 1920, simply because G. &. J. Burns, whose company name appears on the gangway, were apparently taken over in 1920. This is not to say that their gangways wouldn't continue to be used around the harbour for some time afterwards.

Incidentally, I see that Meg and Hughie offer personal recollections of the harbour. I was simply wondering if anyone else, like myself and the boys in the photograph, had spent many a happy hour using the gangways, which were supported on two centrally positioned wheels, as a see-saws.

I first saw the photograph on the following site, which includes other interesting shots of the harbour: -

https://www.dalmadan.com/?p=5025
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