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River Clyde Glasgow

June 11, 2011

The River Clyde is 109 miles long and is the ninth longest river in the U.K. and the third longest river in Scotland.

The Clyde was an important river for shipbuilding and trade in the British Empire.

The Clyde gained a reputation for being the best location for shipbuilding and grew to become the worlds pre-eminent shipbuilding centre.

Clydebuilt became an industry benchmark of quality, and the river’s shipyards were given contracts for prestigious ocean-going liners as well as warships. The areas of Govan, Partick, Whiteinch, Scotstoun and Clydebank all housed major shipyards however now only two remain.

The Cunard shipping line was founded in Glasgow and the liners Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth, QE2 and the Royal Yacht Britannia were all built on the River Clyde at Clydebank.

A decline in shipbuilding set during the 1960s, however shipbuilding yards remain open at Govan, Scotstoun and Greenock. Now the Clyde is experiencing massive regeneration

Thr river Clyde is now experiencing massive regeneration, finding a new identity as a recreational, residential and business area.

There are approximately 72 rail, road, foot and other bridges that cross the Clyde, from estuary to source.

the Kingston Bridge over the Clyde started in 1967. It was opened in 1970 and today more than 150,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily.

The new bridges in Glasgow crossing the clyde are the Squinty Bridge and the Clyde Arc

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