-Govan Graving Docks

The Scotland Guide
© David Williams


1869-98, Clyde Navigation Trust

The three enormous Govan Graving Docks lie on the south side of the River Clyde in the district of Govan. The dry dock nearest the river is 168m (551 feet) long, the middle one is 175m (575 feet) long and the one farthest from the river is a massive 268m (880 feet) long; when opened in 1898 it could take the world`s largest vessels. The docks were used for fitting out ships and for ship repairs but were finally closed in 1988. Their future is still uncertain and numerous derelict dockside buildings still stand around the docks, waiting for something useful to happen.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

Now lying unused, these dry docks were "state of the art" when they were built.

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