Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:23 am

GLASGOW HERALD
16 OCTOBER 1877

THE STORM

Ardrossan:
Since Sunday night a severe gale has been blowing from the south-west, accompanied by heavy hail and rain showers.

Early yesterday morning the three-masted schooner FLORA AND ISABEL drifted her moorings in the old harbour, and carried away jib-boom and got slightly chafed.
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GLASGOW HERALD
16 OCTOBER 1878

ABANDONMENT OF AN ARDROSSAN BARKANTINE

The MARGARET BOYD, from Miramichi to Ayr, was abandoned on the 10th instant, with about five feet of water in her hold. Crew taken to Liverpool by the steamer OHIO.

The MARGARET BOYD was an American-built vessel of 396 tons, and owned by Mr. Hugh Boyd, Ardrossan.
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Post by Penny Tray » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:10 am

GLASGOW HERALD
17 OCTOBER 1853

FOR PORT PHILIP DIRECT

The magnificent new Clyde-built clipper frigate ship CONTEST, J. Jennings, commander, 1160 tons per register, and 1700 tons burthen, 13 years A.1. at Lloyd’s.

This ship has been built by the eminent shipbuilders, Barr & Shearer of Ardrossan, of the most costly materials, combining every recent improvement in model and equipment, and offers an opportunity for comfort and speed not surpassed by any steamer or packet ship from England.

Carries an experienced surgeon, and it is intended to limit the number of her passengers to about one-third that the act allows – landing them at Melbourne Wharf.

For freight or passage, apply to Peter & Thomson Aikman, or Aitken & Birrell, 65 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Hughie » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:41 pm

Further to the above mentioned vessel Contest

The launch of the Contest was the first big local event to
be covered by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald which declared:-

'It is not a little gratifying that a town' which fifty years ago was scarcely in existence should now be able to launch the largest timber-built vessel which has ever been launched on the Clyde. This, no doubt, is chiefly due to the public-spirited conduct of the Earl of Eglinton whose exertions for the good of the town have been unremitting and of the most liberal description. Associated with him have been a number of gentlemen, amongst the foremost of whom we may name Messrs. Barr and Shearer, who by their enterprise and skill as shipbuilders have aided in rendering Ardrossan famous as a shipbuilding and shipping port.

The above is from the publication "Ardrossan Shipyards - Struggle for survival 1825 - 1983
by Catriona Levy and Ardrossan Local History Workshop

See : https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_414000_smxx.pdf

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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
18 OCTOBER 1878

TESTIMONIAL TO PROVOST BARR

In the month of April last, when the police powers in the old Act under which Ardrossan was constituted a burgh were about to expire, several gentlemen thought the opportunity should not be allowed to pass without recognising the services rendered to the community by Provost Barr.

The Provost had discharged the duties of chief magistrate during the entire currency of the Act – a period of 31 years, and had done so to the satisfaction of the public.

No sooner was the proposal mooted than it was eagerly taken up; and though the matter never received any degree of publicity, the committee entrusted with the arrangements found no difficulty in bringing the proposal to a satisfactory issue.

About 300 subscribers appended their names to the sheets, the result being that a sum of over £480 was readily contributed, and that in a very short time.

The committee resolved that the presentation should take the form of a full length portrait of the Provost, it being understood that it should be placed in the Town Hall, beside those of the late Earl of Eglinton and Dr. MacFadyen, and that a copy of it half-length, was to be presented to Mrs. Barr.

The work was entrusted to Mr. Norman Macbeth, A.R.S.A.

The presentation took place yesterday at a cake and wine service in the Town Hall, Ardrossan. About 200 gentlemen were present, the hall being quite filled. The chair was occupied by the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Eglinton and Winton, and the presentation was made by Sir James Fergusson, Bart.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 OCTOBER 1879

ARDROSSAN GRAIN MARKET

Yesterday’s market secured a fair attendance and samples of wheat and oats were shown – 50 bolls wheat sold at 19s; 120 bolls wheat at 17s; and 20 bolls oats at 20s 6d.
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GLASGOW HERALD
18 OCTOBER 1879

DEATH

BELL: Suddenly, at 111 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, on the 17th instant, Rachel Urquhart, aged 42, wife of Lawrence Bell.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:10 am

Hughie wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:41 pm
Further to the above mentioned vessel Contest

The launch of the Contest was the first big local event to
be covered by the Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald which declared:-

'It is not a little gratifying that a town' which fifty years ago was scarcely in existence should now be able to launch the largest timber-built vessel which has ever been launched on the Clyde. This, no doubt, is chiefly due to the public-spirited conduct of the Earl of Eglinton whose exertions for the good of the town have been unremitting and of the most liberal description. Associated with him have been a number of gentlemen, amongst the foremost of whom we may name Messrs. Barr and Shearer, who by their enterprise and skill as shipbuilders have aided in rendering Ardrossan famous as a shipbuilding and shipping port.

The above is from the publication "Ardrossan Shipyards - Struggle for survival 1825 - 1983
by Catriona Levy and Ardrossan Local History Workshop

See : https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/Media_414000_smxx.pdf
The CONTEST, incidentally, with a crew of 26 on board, set sail for Liverpool from Bombay on the 21st February 1874, and was never heard of again.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:50 am

GLASGOW HERALD
19 OCTOBER 1881

ARDROSSAN VESSEL DISABLED

The schooner HEATHER BELL, 99 tons, Kerr, master, from Ardrossan to Bayonne, encountered a very heavy gale. The vessel was thrown on her beam-ends, and split headsails. Casks and other moveable thing about the deck were washed away.

The vessel bore up for Lamlash Bay, and arrived yesterday at 7 p.m.
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Post by Penny Tray » Mon Oct 19, 2020 7:52 am

GLASGOW HERALD
19 OCTOBER 1889

DEATH

WRIGHT: At 51 Eglinton Street, Ardrossan, on the 18th instant, Jeanie, eldest daughter of the late Peter Wright, Renfrew.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:33 am

GLASGOW HERALD
20 OCTOBER 1877

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 18th instant, John Campbell, formerly of Glasgow, in the 79th year of his age.
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Re: Ardrossan - On This Day In History

Post by Penny Tray » Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:33 am

GLASGOW HERALD
20 OCTOBER 1879

TRADE REPORT

The following are the shipments of pig iron at Ardrossan Harbour for the past week: -

Coastwise – 4484 tons.
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