-the River Clyde
-the industrial river

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By the time that Thomas Telford had further deepened the River Clyde, steamboats were regularly plying the river, shipyards were further developed and huge docks were built to accommodate the massive amounts of goods brought into and taken out of the city. All this rapid development was put under the control of the Clyde Navigation Trust and the Clyde soon became one of the most important industrial rivers the world has ever seen (see picture). Shipbuilding was to be the river`s most important export and the phrase `Clyde built` became known the world over as a guarantee of first-class workmanship.

But times have changed. Most of the yards have now gone, as have most of the docks. As a consequence, few ships are seen on the river nowadays, certainly in the centre of the city, although the tradition of cruising `Doon the Watter` is kept alive by the paddleship Waverley.

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

The Finnieston Crane was erected on one of the busy quaysides in 1931. It had many uses, such as lifting engines into newly-launched ships. Since Glasgow was one of the world`s centres of railway locomotive building, the crane was used to place locomotives into cargo ships sailing to many foreign countries.
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Making the River Clyde navigable
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