The Broomielaw

The Broomielaw is most famous as the place where thousands of Glaswegians boarded steamers to go 'doon the watter' for a day trip or seaside holiday.

Passengers boarded one of the elegant paddle steamers heading for coastal resorts such as Largs or Dunoon, and Rothesay on the Isle of Bute. The number of steamer routes meant affluent business people could commute, working in Glasgow during the week and joining their families at their country villas for the weekend.

After the opening of the George V Bridge in 1928, the river steamers moved to the south bank.

The Waverley is now the only surviving Clyde paddle steamer.

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