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Tidal weir illuminations

I don’t usually get a chance to see the River Clyde tidal weir in the dark, so catching it at this time of year is (for me) a rare chance to see it with all its lights on.

I’m used to seeing it in daylight, and it’s interesting to have a close-up look at its detail, but I hadn’t realised it had quite so many lights attached. So many, even in ‘darkness’, it’s easy to take a hand-held shot.

There used to be a well-known (in its day) ship builder (Thomas B Seath and Co of Rutherglen) upriver of the weir. Completed vessels had to sail down the river and have their journey timed to catch high tide so that they could pass over the weir. I can’t recall the name, but I recently read of the last vessel to make this trip, the largest at some 200 feet in length, so long it almost got stuck on the weir, and took a number of attempts to get it over the weir.

But they made it.

Clyde tidal weir at night

Clyde tidal weir at night


January 5, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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