Ardrossan - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
2 FEBRUARY 1911

BIRTH

PEARSON: At the Pavilion, Ardrossan, on 1st February, the wife of John Charles Pearson; a daughter.
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GLASGOW HERALD
2 FEBRUARY 1912

DOCKERS’ STRIKE

A report from Ardrossan stated that the cargo workers at Messrs Burns mail steamer left off work last night. The report also stated that the seamen and firemen had given in their notices.

Meeting of dock labourers and seamen were addressed during the evening by Mr MacDonald, Ayr; Mr John Bailey, and Mr D. McKinnon, Glasgow.

Several meetings were addressed in the vicinity of Ardrossan Harbour by Glasgow members of the Dockers’ Union, with the result that at the last the employees of Messrs G. and J. Burns unanimously resolved to stop work at once.

Other meetings are to be held today, when the union men hope that the iron ore workers and other dockers may be induced to come out on strike in sympathy with the Glasgow men.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 FEBRUARY 1911

DEATH OF AN ARDROSSAN SEA CAPTAIN

The death has occurred at Ardrossan of Captain Hugh Brown in his 82nd year. A native of Arran, Captain Brown was for a long time widely known as master of the streamer plying between the island and Ardrossan. He took over command of the ISLE OF ARRAN in 1863, and was so successful in that capacity that the Duke of Hamilton, who then controlled the service, appointed him to the LADY MARY, and later to the HEATHER BELL, both of which vessels are remembered by the old frequenters of the island.

After retiring from the Arran service Captain Brown built the coasting steamer DOUGLAS, with which he carried on an extensive goods traffic between Glasgow, Largs, Millport, and Arran.

Giving up an active life, he ultimately settled in Ardrossan.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 FEBRUARY 1912

DOCKERS’ STRIKE

The dockers employed by Messrs G. and J. Burns Limited at Ardrossan are still on strike.

An attempt was made yesterday to get the men back to work, and, after having a consultation with the local representative of the firm, they were so far undecided at that time as to ask leave to confer among themselves before making up their minds whether to resume or not. Ultimately the men intimated that they had resolved not to return to work until the notices at Glasgow have been taken down, and on their account they now demanded a minimum of 30s a week.

The cargo of the steamer PARTRIDGE, which arrived from Belfast at 3 a.m. on Friday, was partially discharged with the assistance of a number of railway workers. It was expected that the vessel would sail for Belfast at midnight, as usual, with mails and passengers.
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GLASGOW HERALD
3 FEBRUARY 1914

BIRTH

MACINTYRE: At 14 Alpine Terrace, Ardrossan, on 2nd instant, the wife of William Macintyre (23 Maxwell Street, Partick); a son.
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3 FEBRUARY 1914

MARRIAGE

STEVENS – MARSHALL: At Tower House, Alphington, Melbourne (residence of Mr and Mrs W. Ladd, uncle and aunt of the bride), on the 24th December, by the Rev. Charles Hay Hunter, William Goldie Stevens, third son of Doctor W. G. Stevens, Renfrew, and grandson of the late Doctor Stevens, Ardrossan, to Elizabeth Gemmell Marshall, eldest daughter of the late John and Minnie Marshall, Footscray, Melbourne.
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GLASGOW HERALD
4 FEBRUARY 1889

THE STRIKE OF CLYDE SEAMEN AND FIREMEN

Ardrossan:
Much interest continues to be manifested in the struggle going on in regard to the wages question between the shipmasters and the men on the Clyde and elsewhere.

The delegate from the Union has been busy among the seamen and firemen here, and succeeded in getting the crew of the steamer STRATHESK to stand out for the union scale of wages – 30s.

Captain Gifford granted their request, but strange to say, after doing so the men would not go to sea. He soon engaged another crew.

Messrs Burns’ steamers are sailing with their accustomed regularity, and there is no indication, so far, of any change in that service; and the society agents are working away very quietly and orderly, discountenancing anything in the shape of intimidation.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1819

DEATH

DUNCAN: At Irvine, on Sunday the 31st January, the Rev. John Duncan, minister of Ardrossan, in the 71st year of his age, and 30th of his Ministry.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1836

FOR LARGS, ARDROSSAN & AYR

The new splendid and powerful steamer NORTHERN YACHT, will receive goods all Saturday and Monday, and sail on Tuesday next at 9 morning, affording a first-rate conveyance to these ports.

Hamilton & Brothers, Broomielaw Quay, Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1844

MELANCHOLY SHIPWRECK IN THE FIRTH OF CLYDE

About eleven o’clock on Monday forenoon, the long-boat of the schooner ANN of Ardrossan, James Crawford, master, was discovered lying on Brest Rock, keel up, with her four oars under her.

At noon the jolly boat was seen drifting in towards shore, which on coming within reach was found to contain the cold and lifeless corpse of the mate, John Henderson, son of Mr Mathew Henderson, shipbuilder, Ardrossan.

Several pieces of wreck have since come ashore, such as rails, bulwarks, &c., and there is every reason to fear she has been run down by some vessel on Sunday night, somewhere near Ailsa Craig.

The ANN of Ardrossan was a fine new schooner, built only eight months ago by Mr Henderson of Ardrossan; she had made one voyage to and from Malta, and was on her passage from Cork to the Clyde, with a cargo of flour.

There is much reason to fear that all the crew have perished. The captain had a wife and six children.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1847

SHIPPING NEWS

Arrived at Ardrossan, on Sunday, the COLUMBIA, Sim, from St. John, New Brunswick; sailed 18 November. Came by the North Channel. Had a very rough passage, winds S.S.E. On the 11th ultimo, latitude 51N, longitude 21, spoke to the ABERFOYLE, of and from Liverpool for New York, with passengers, all well, and wished to be reported.
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GLASGOW HERALD
5 FEBRUARY 1913

ALLEGED VICTIMISATION AT ARDROSSAN

There was a renewal of the labour trouble at Ardrossan Harbour yesterday, the dockers engaged on loading of the steamer CLAN McNEIL with sleepers abandoning the work at the dinner hour because Gilbert Lewis, the local secretary of the Dockers’ Union, had not been employed as tallyman. Lewis was often employed at the work prior to the recent strike, in which he took a prominent part.

The vessel was promptly sent to Glasgow to finish loading there.

Other dock work is proceeding normally.
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