Boats - Roy Tait
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The River Clyde was originally too shallow for shipping and required cargo to be offloaded at places like Port Glasgow and carried 20 miles upriver in smaller craft. At the end of the 18th century hundreds of jetties were built out from the banks to constrain the tidal flow which scoured the bottom of the river deepening it.

Nowadays dredgers like Limassol registered trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Shoalway’ suck silt from the bottom the river to maintain the required depth in the shipping channels. Notice the 'ball, diamond, ball' signal indicating that she is restricted in her ability to manoeuvre whilst dredging.