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CLYDEBUILT SHIPS
9 NOVEMBER 1943

THE VESSEL EVELEEN REFLOATED

The steel screw steamer EVELEEN, which was built by Ardrossan Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company, and launched on the 4th of June 1920, and sank after a collision with the ORCHY, off Grey Point, Belfast Lough on 7 November, 1942, was refloated and beached at Ballyholme Bay, later being taken to Belfast for repair.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1851

SHIPPINGS NEWS

Ardrossan, November 4 – The Prussian brig COLUMBUS, Scharmberg, which put in here on the 7th ultimo, having discharged and undergone necessary repairs, sailed this morning, on her original voyage, for Stettin.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1854

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 7th instant, Mr Robert Lawrie, mason.
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GLASGOW HERALD
10 NOVEMBER 1858

THE MARRIAGE OF LORD EGLINTON – REJOICING IN ARDROSSAN

No place had more reason to rejoice at any event likely to promote the happiness of his Lordship than Ardrossan. He is the Lord of the Manor, and has taken the deepest interest in everything likely to promote its prosperity.

During Wednesday flags were displayed in the harbour, the Bank of Scotland, the hotel, the railway station, and the old castle. The railway carriages were all decorated with flags and evergreens.

In the afternoon huge bonfires were lighted on the Cannon Hill and the Inches, and in the evening there was a fine display of fireworks and a considerable number of tar-barrels burned.

A large party of gentlemen also met in the hotel – Provost Barr in the chair – when the health of his Lordship and his fair lady was given with all the enthusiasm.

At Saltcoats and Stevenston the railway stations were also decorated.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
10 NOVEMBER 1918

Died at sea, Telegraphist JOHN WILLIAM MUNN, (21), R.N.V.R., HMS ASCOT - son of James and Elizabeth Spiers Munn, 80 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mr and Mrs Munn, 80 Glasgow Street, Ardrossan, have received word from the Admiralty that their son, Telegraphist John Munn, R.N.V.R., has been lost at sea.

The notice states that H.M. paddle minesweeper ASCOT, in which he was serving, is believed to have been lost with all hands.

“The vessel,” proceeds the notice, “left Portsmouth for Granton on the 7th instant, and was reported off Garleston during the morning of the following day. A paddle minesweeper was reported steaming north off the coast of Northumberland about mid-day on the 10th, and in the afternoon a vessel was seen off the coast to alter her course suddenly and sink after breaking in two.

A lifeboat was despatched to the scene, but no trace of the vessel was found.

Deceased, who was 21 years of age, was a native of Polmont, and was employed with the N.B.R. Company. He joined the Navy in 1915, and was trained at Crystal Palace. He was home in August last.

Mr Munn, his father, is an engineman in the shipyard.”


[HMS ASCOT, torpedoed by German submarine U-67 off the Farne Isles, has the dubious honour of being the last British loss of WWI – one day before armistice was signed.]
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 NOVEMBER 1850

SHIPPING NEWS

The schooner PETREL, of Greenock, McLachlan, three weeks at sea, from Malaga for Clyde, put into Ardrossan wind bound, on Monday last.
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GLASGOW HERALD
11 NOVEMBER 1912

SCENES AT ARDROSSAN - IMPORTED LABOURERS HUNTED - TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED

Another riot occurred at Ardrossan yesterday after news was received by the strike leaders that more 'blackleg' labour was to be imported from Glasgow.

About 50 men arrived at the G. and S.W. Railway Station at 10.00 a.m. Mr Houghton, the Dock Union organiser, going to the platform to persuade the Glasgow men not to work, was assaulted by one of them, but at that time no other disturbance took place. Later on, information came to the town to the effect that 30 more men were leaving St. Enoch Station by the 11.15 a.m. train for Ardrossan.

Under the pretence of going to hold a meeting in the Templars' Hall the strikers contrived to get away from their usual stance at the Cross without arousing the suspicions of the police. Instead of going to the hall they made for South Beach Station by a circuitous route, arriving there just as the Glasgow train was due. The strikers were fully 100 strong, and as there were only two constables at the station it was impossible to prevent them from reaching the train.

Two or three of the 'blacklegs' were dragged from the compartments and severely handled. Two were badly injured, and one was still unconscious an hour later.

The rest of the Glasgow men, seeing that there was going to be trouble, left the train from the offside, leapt to the rails, and bolted in an inland direction with the strikers in pursuit. A few of the fugitives sought refuge in private houses, but the majority took to the fields, across which they were chased for several miles.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 NOVEMBER 1847

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 10th instant, suddenly, Mr John Tait, steam-boat agent there, much regretted.
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GLASGOW HERALD
12 NOVEMBER 1849

VESSEL FOUNDERED – SIX LIVES LOST

On Tuesday, a vessel supposed to be the GEORGE of Greenock, Duncan McDougall, master, coal laden, from Troon to Oban, was seen to go down off the Horse Island, Ardrossan, and all on board, six in number, perished.

The vessel’s small boat and some pieces of wreck have come ashore, which leaves no doubt as to the fate of the vessel and crew.

It is seldom we have so painful an occurrence to report; four out of one family (the master, his wife, and two sons, being on board), with another seaman, and a person whose name is unknown, a passenger, all in an instant met a watery death.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
12 NOVEMBER 1914

Died on service, Private JAMES FLEMING, (45), Service No. 11874, 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at and resident of Glasgow; enlisted at Ardrossan; husband of Sarah McBride Fleming, 20 Strathclyde Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 NOVEMBER 1840

DEATH

At Ardrossan, on the 30th ultimo, Jean Tucker, relict of the late John Crawford, Esquire, of Broadfield, aged 80 years.
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GLASGOW HERALD
13 NOVEMBER 1900

WELCOME HOME TO THE HON. THOMAS COCHRANE, M.P.

The Commissioners of the burgh of Ardrossan at their meeting last night considered what should be done in the way of welcoming home the Hon.Thomas Cochrane, M.P., after his service in South Africa.

Mr Guthrie spoke in favour of the project. Mr Goodwin suggested that Saltcoats should be asked to join in the movement. Captain Shields moved that the Commissioners agree to entertain the idea, and Mr Guthrie seconded.

The chairman said they might not all agree with the honourable gentleman's politics, but they must esteem him as a gallant townsman, who, about a year ago, went to serve his country. He had no doubt that in whatever capacity the Hon. Thomas Cochrane had been called upon to serve - fighting or writing - he would do his duty well. The blood that ran in his veins would lead him to the cannon's mouth, if duty called. (Applause.) They would only be doing honour to themselves and the town if they did honour to the honourable gentleman and gallant member. (Applause.)

The matter was remitted to a committee consisting of Provost Young, Major Hogarth, and Captain Shields, with powers.
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