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Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:39 pm

The following piece of verse has been in my possession for maybe fifty years. I think it came from a firm of compass adjusters on the Broomielaw Christie & Wilson and either Mr C or Mr W put it together.At the end there is a remark to the effect it was written on February 21st 1930 crossing with Lairdsmoor Broomielaw to Belfast.
LIKE A DREAM YE COME TO CHEER ME............CHIMING BELLS OF LONG AGO

Thrown around are Evening Shadows,while we re very much alive
While a man may live to ninety, work must cease at sixty five
Millionaires may think this pleasant, but a man wed to his trade
Might be free to join his comrades, if no fortune he hath made.

Circumstance must alter cases, some may have the best of luck
Averse times the lot of others, show their spirit and their pluck
Should this scheme develop strongly, each must freely show his hand
Justice tempered aye with mercy, be our share throuout the land

Let us to our task return, Hope will live though we be poor
Wakened thought, augmented greatly, crossing on the ship Lairdsmoor
For the Captain, Robert Fraser, soon will reach the Limit Time
When with colleagues, he retires, not one man beyond his prime

Mates and Masters young are calling, jobs are few and wont go round
This must give the scheme approval, should no better plan be found
Journalists and speculators making thousands year by year
Stay at home, amass a fortune, then in Parliament appear

Count the ships and men we miss now, on the great old river Clyde
Engineers with men and masters, we recall their names with pride
Dromeday, Alligator, Lamprey, Owl with Hare and Hound
Grampus, Seal, Gorilla, Mastiff, Pointer, Ermine, Viper sound

Mind the Setter,Lurcher,Spaniel, Magpie, Woodcock, Vulture, Ape
Partridge, Redbreast, Bear and Adder, Puma, Grouse of every shape
Wren and Sparrow,Coney, Sable, each with cabin staff and Mate
Ponder o er them in the evening, jot their names on Times Old Slate

Holly, Rowan, Cedar, Fern, Shamrock, Lily and the Rose
Elm, Ivy, Thistle, Olive, Hazel to Portrush she goes
Daisy, Brier, Garden-i-a, with that famed "Old Azalea"
Waken thoughts of past companions, never can forgotten be

Tommy Campbell,wee Maclennan, then MacVicar Bruce and Blair
Andrew Fraser, Pete McLaren, Darroch, with MacNeill so fair
McAllister and James McGugan, Macmillan, Paterson and Todd
Montgomery, Orr and John McGillivray, gone alas the long long road

Mind McEwan on the Brier, Beattie, Carswell, Peter Kerr
Then McLarty, two MacDougalls, with the Hatelys hefty pair
Campbell, Clark,MacDonald, Rodger, all were men of great renown
Doug MacArthur, with MacMillan and the well known Captain Brown

Robertson and Coll McKinnon, McLachlan, Miller, Dan McKay
To the tongue the names come rolling, that is just the reason why
All the boys are mixed together, just as boys were wont to be
Woodnut...Tricky wee McGregor like once more to sail the sea

Let us praise two other fellows, always to their friends a joy
Hector hailed from old Bunessan, Archie Smith the Gigha boy
Often on the bridge they chatted, set the course and tried the lead
Leaving Rathlin in the darkness, bound for Inishowen Head

Then ther s one of passing fame, reached to by Old Times Sickle
Good friend to others mentioned here, Great Piper Dan McNicol
He leaves old Broomielaw behind,gives up his daily toil
To view from out his cottage door, the hills of Wild Ardgoil

While we have good pals with us,let us one and all agree
This was aye a noble calling,saing oer the stormy sea
May these lines awaken memories, lead us on to sweeter thought
Bringing pleasures in the evenings, which a worthy life has bought

Let us call on board the Tiger, Captain Bogan, frank and free
Nicholson is acting mate there , Sammy boy from sweet Portree
Graham and Ramsay at the engines,know each bearing like a book
Jimmy Gillies tends the cabin, Wee black Charlie Day the Cook

Add some items to this story,touching worthies we have known
Let us hear some quaint old yarn,when the ship was outward bound
Men who served through storm and sunshine, ever ready, true as steel
Galley, engine room and cabin, with our lads who took the wheel

Good luck to all the boys afloat,success to Burns and Laird
We think with pleasure on the men, whose daily task we shared
Aloft that emblem we admire, Golden lion set in blue
Symbol of our Scottish life, Ready, Steadfast, Strong and True

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Post by Deepol » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:07 pm

Some memories.
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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:43 pm

Lairdsford....The PUMA when renamed by Burns after the takeover of the Duke Line for whom she had been built as Duke of Rothesay in 1899 by Caledon S B & E Co Ltd Dundee
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:48 pm

Lairdsforest....Ex TIGER as she was renamed by Burns having originally operated as Duke of Montrose under the DukeLine. Near sister to PUMA she had been built in 1906 also at Dundee
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:55 pm

Lairdsglen...Ex MAPLE...Built 1914 Ailsa S B Co Troon and broken up Port Glagow 1951
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:01 pm

VIPER...1906 from Fairfield S B & E Co Ltd passing to Isle of Man S P Co in 1920 and lasting to 1945
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:04 pm

The very Golden Lion set in Blue
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:21 pm

Originally ordered by G & J Burns before WWI she was not completed until 1919 and refused by Burns. City of Cork SP Co Ltd took her and named her Killarney however as Coast Lines began to control more and more of Irish Sea Shipowners she came into the Burns fleet under intended name of MOORFOWL becoming Lairdsmoor in the grand renamings of 1929. Lost on 7 April 1937 following a collision with Shaw Savills Taranaki in fog off Black Head she had been on passage Dublin to Glasgow that night. Her masterCapt Campbell and a fireman EMcBride were also lost.
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:39 pm

Lairdsgrove had been built as MAGPIE in 1898 by A & J Inglis Ltd in Partick . She carried passenger until 1939 but continued in service until 1948 when broken up by Metal Industries Ltd at Faslane. After 50 years on the Irish Sea the shipbreakers held her for a workers accommodation ship until1950.
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:51 pm

Lairdsrock was built as VULTURE by A & J Inglis Pointhouse in 1898 and as new ships enterer the fleet in 1936 she wenr to David MaBrayne Ltd the following year and as Lochgarry only lasted with them until 1942 when she foundered after striking a rock off Torr Head County Antrim.
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:00 pm

Lairdsrose Ex ROSE of 1902 A & J Inglis Pointhouse. Broken up on the Forth in 1949
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Post by Colin Campbell » Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:06 pm

Thistle was sold out of the fleet the year before the mass renamings in1929 so never had a Laird name . Built in 1884 at Meadowside by D & W Henderson & Co she was broken up on the river of her birth at Port Glasgow
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:26 am

BEAR
1870, 697grt
J. & G. Thomson, Govan (113) for G. & J. Burns
Employed mainly on their Glasgow-Liverpool service
1895 to Liverpool & Clyde Steam Nav. Co.
1903 to Bell's Asia Minor Steamship Co.
1909 CALYPSO, Hellenic Steam Nav. Co., Piraeus
Wrecked near Paros on 31/01/1914, Piraeus for Santorin with general cargo
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:29 am

HAZEL
1907, 1241grt
Fairfield, Govan (451) for the Laird Line, Glasgow
Served as an Armed Boarding Steamer 11/1914 - 2/1919
Sold in 1919 to Isle of Man S. P. Co. as MONA
Broken up at Llanelly in early 1939
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:32 am

LAIRDSCASTLE
1919, 1434grt
Caledon, Dundee (265) as WAR LEVEN
1919 LIMOGES, James Moss, Liverpool
1922 WESTERN COAST, Coast Lines
1941 to Burns & Laird (intended to be LAIRDSVALE)
1946 MEATH
1948 to British & Irish S.P.
1952 LAIRDSCASTLE, Burns & Laird
Arrived at Hendrik Ido Ambacht for breaking on 5/6/1958
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:34 am

LION
1967, 6280gt
Cammell Laird, Birkenhead (1326) for Burns & Laird
Ardrossan to Belfast service
Later on various services in the P&O group ... seen below in Normandy Ferries colours
1985 BARONESS M
1987 PORTELET
1988 BARONESS M
... ADINDA LESTARI 101
Breaking began at Chittagong on 12/3/2004
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:36 am

LAIRDSBEN as MYSTIC
1893, 726grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (266) for Belfast Steam Ship Company
1911 CARRICKFERGUS, City of Cork S. P. Co.
1917 Sligo S. N. Co., Sligo
1931 LAIRDSBEN, Burns & Laird, Glasgow
Broken up at Port Glasgow in 1937
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:40 am

A second view of ROSE later LAIRDSROSE
1902, 1197grt
A. & J.Inglis, Glasgow (271) for the Glasgow, Dublin & Londonderry Steam Packet Co. (A.A.Laird), Glasgow
Passenger capacity around 800 for overnight crossings Clyde to Irish ports
Laird Line from 1907
Burns & Laird from 1922
1929 renamed LAIRDSROSE
Broken up at Bo'ness in late 1949
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Post by yorkieman » Sat Dec 10, 2011 7:41 am

ROYAL SCOTSMAN again
1936, 3288grt
Harland & Wolff, Belfast (964) for Burns & Laird
Glasgow to Belfast service
1967 ROYAL SCOTMAN
1969 APOLLO
(intended to be renamed ARCTIC STAR in 1977 but apparently not done)
Broken up at Brownsville, Texas 5/1984
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Post by Colin Campbell » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:50 pm

Worked the Glasgow/Londonderry service for almost her whole career Lairds Loch was built by Ardrossan Dockyard in 1944 and closed the Londonderry passenger service in 1966, Sold to Israeli interest she was involved in the dispute in Middle Eastern waters and was attacked by Arab frogmen. Being so badly damaged she was run ashore and became a total loss
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Post by Colin Campbell » Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:58 pm

Built in Holland in 1937 Lairdsfern was originally Coast Lines Denbigh Coast and came into Burns & Laird in 1952 as a relacement for Lairdsferry. In 1959 she retuned to Coast Lines and her old name.In collision with Irish Maple on 18 July 1960 she sank in ten minutes
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Post by Colin Campbell » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:25 pm

1911 Wm Denny & Bros Ltd Dumbarton as Riviera for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway Cos Folkestone to Boulogne service and came to Burns & Laird in 1932 to revive the daylight service from Ardrossan to Belfast . Lasted until 1957 before going to Troon for breaking up
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Post by yorkieman » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:38 pm

You are doing a good job here, Colin! :thumbup:
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Post by mcgrattan » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:48 pm

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Lairds Isle entering Ardrossan Harbour. Painted for me by Ian G Orchardson of Saltcoats in 1981.

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Post by Colin Campbell » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:22 pm

Built 1920 as REDBREAST for G & J Burns she was one of four simillar ships (Gorilla..Lurcher...Spaniel)she worked the Clyde/Mersey service and went to Coast Lines when they took over this service being renamed Sutherland Coast. Returned to B&L in 1930 she became Lairdsbrook. Seen here on the Broomielaw at the foot of Robertson Street with the Clyde Trust building beyond. Scrapped 1960 at Passage West Cork
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Post by Colin Campbell » Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:50 pm

Built as CONEY by Harland & Wolff Ltd Govan in 1918 and again seen at the foot of Robertson Street where Burns & Laird Lines Ltd had their head office in Clyde House. She lasted until1952 before going to the breakers at Port Glasgow
Her sister ship had been SABLE (later Lairdselm) from A&J Inglis Pointhouse but I suggest there can be few photographs of Lairdselm as she would have been so named on 30 May 1929 and on the 22 December of that year she rolled over in Loch Ryan after her heavy lifts shifted.
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Post by Colin Campbell » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:25 pm

The last ship to carry a Laird name and funnel colours was originally a Dutch (1952) built coaster. She began life as Leemans and bought by Zillah Shipping Co became their Foxfield from 1955 to 1966 thereafter following major alterations was introduced on the Ardrossan/Belfast steel run to the Harland & Wolffs shipyard. Seen here entering Ardrossan. Sold foreign in 1977 and scrapped 1989
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Post by duncanwilson » Sat Dec 17, 2011 5:44 pm

I traveled to Belfast on Royal Scotsman with my family during the summer of 1967, which I think, was her last year in service.
It was a beautiful summer evening when we sailed from Glasgow. As we waited to set sail Queen Mary II passed us reversing up to the Bridge Wharf.
We remained on deck observing what was known as Q4 under construction at Clydebank. After passing the Erskine Ferry we went below for our evening meal.
I was hoping to return on Royal Ulsterman but it was not to be. We arrived in Glasgow on a dreich day. I awoke to the sound of cows mooing. Although I did not know at at the time we had berthed at the Merkland Quay to unload some cattle.
My cabin over-looked the bow and, shortly afterwards, I noticed that we appeared to be turning. Again I didn't realise it but we were in the Princes Dock Canting Basin preparing to reverse up to Lancefield Quay.
While we waited for our car to be unloaded either Irish Coast or Scottish Coast (I can't remember which) arrived stern first and moored behind us. Can anyone tell me where she would have sailed from? The vessel was in Coast Lines livery (black funnel with a white chevron). I believe these vessels were repainted in Burns & Laird livery at some point. Perhaps someone can enlighten me?
Just as an additional point of interest when we arrived in Belfast we spent the first night in the Europa Hotel which became one of the world's most bombed hotels.

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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:15 am

The Irish Coast and her later sistership Scottish Coast operated on the Glasgow/Dublin service and would berth upriver from the Belfast boats. The Dublin berth was at Anderston Quay and later became the home of the Waverley. Irish Coast funnel was always the Coast Lines Black with a white chevron whereas the Scottish Coast for most of her lifetime wore the Burns & Laird colours although all her days she remained Liverpool registered. Will post both ships when I return home tomorrow.Incidently these ships canted in the river at the area outside the Govan Dry docks again where the Waverley now berths. They didnt actually go into Princes Dock. All of these "big boats" of course had bow rudders. Colin

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Post by Colin Campbell » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:48 pm

Taken from the entrance to Kingston Dock . The Irish Coast, Scottish Coast and on the Belast berth the Royal Scotsman. Crossing the river ars two of the Clyde Navigation Trust passenger ferries.
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Taken from Renfrew Ferry as she passes outward for Dublin
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Post by Colin Campbell » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:56 pm

Taken from the balcony of the sheds at Lancefield Quay on a summers evening as the 1830hrs sailing for Dublin passes the Royal Scotsman waiting to receive her passengers for the 2100hrs Belfast sailing. The same sheds now form part of an up market housing development.
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Post by yorkieman » Thu Dec 29, 2011 7:51 am

Just found this old one in my files ...
A really splendid view ... a steam tug aground alongside her charge!
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The tug is CLANSMAN
1902, 60grt
J.P.Rennoldson, South Shields (221) for T.Gray of Hull
Sold to Russia in 1915 (info.D.Asprey)

and the steamer is APE
1898, 467grt
Barclay, Curle, Glasgow for G. & J.Burns
In 1912 she was sold to Norwich owners without change of name
In 1918 became FETLAR of North of Scotland, Orkney & Shetland S.N.Co.
Wrecked on 13/04/1919 on Bunel Rocks in St.Malo Roads

... further details were traced by David Asprey

The date of the photo can be narrowed down to 11-13 Oct 1912, at Cleethorpes. From Lloyd's List reports:

9 Oct: APE (Hull for Yarmouth with general cargo) was holed in collision with steamer FALKA off Lincolnshire coast and beached off Tetney, about 1½ miles off the shore; owners arranging lighters to remove cargo
10 Oct: hull submerged at high tide - more cargo being discharged so temporary repairs can be made
11 Oct: APE lifted and beached at Cleethorpes - fitting outside patch - Grays and Deheer in attendance with pumps and craft - later refloated to proceed to hull following morning
13 Oct: successfully refloated and towed to Riverside Quay, Hull
The CLANSMAN is clearly pumping water out of the hold in the photo. There is also at least one other vessel on APE's port side - perhaps a steam lighter.

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Post by Deepol » Sat May 05, 2012 9:15 pm

Trials pics of Scottish and Irish Coasts, both Belfast built.
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Post by Deepol » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:04 am

John Winters sent me this cutting of two ships alongside at Harland and Wolff's in Belfast. There were no details other than it's H&W. I thought it might be the railway ferries CAMBRIA and HIBERNIA but they are several months apart but brainier folk than me identified them as ROYAL SCOTSMAN and ROYAL ULSTERMAN. ULSTERMAN was launched on March 10th 1936 and SCOTSMAN the next day she actually being the first completed.
I wouldn't like to guess which is which!
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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:08 pm

Ships in Focus - Burns and Laird have this photo identyfied as having been taken 6 March 1936 and states 'Royal Scotsman to the right still to receive her masts' Colin

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Post by Colin Campbell » Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:23 pm

Burns & Laird Lines Ltd - Head Office - 50/52 Robertson Street Glasgow. the right hand side of the building was David Macbraynes head office, just out of shot on the otherside of the "pend"
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Post by Deepol » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:34 pm

Colin Campbell wrote:Ships in Focus - Burns and Laird have this photo identyfied as having been taken 6 March 1936 and states 'Royal Scotsman to the right still to receive her masts' Colin
Great stuff Colin, I'll pass it on and alter my photo file. :beer:
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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:23 am

Laid-by at 40 Lancefield Quay (Being rebuilt - Garages today, to the Luxury flats that once were the Belfast Terminal)
LAIRDSFORD awaits a call to be off for another load of walk on/walk off Irish beef.
Picture dated 13/09/1959 so near the end of her days.One of three Caledon built near sisters that were in and out of Burns & Laird Lines fleet over the years. See LAIRDSCASTLE earlier. Other ship remained KERRY.
Think the buildings across the road will be David Rowans Engine Works in Elliot St ???.
Note Finnieston Vehicular ferry too..........Whats in a picture? Colin
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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Colin Campbell » Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:31 am

Burns & Laird also operated services to the west coast of Ireland to Wesport, Sligo and Ballina at one time.
This ship was built as SLIGO for the Sligo Company which eventually came under B&L control and is seen here outward bound passing Barclay,Curles shipyard with shipping in the background at Merklands Wharf,and the Meadowside Granary behind. She eventually passed to Belfast Steamship Co. and became their ULSTER DROVER, and whilst a Mersey regular, still had a few runs to Merklands in Glasgow with Irish 'walk on - walk off' livestock.
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Re: Burns & Laird Lines Ltd

Post by Dennis Maccoy » Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:03 pm

Lion, of 1967, at Ardrossan on 12 April 1970.
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