Often a lifeline for remote waterside communities, the Scottish pier has
been a functional rather than a pleasure pier. Served by paddle steamers,
puffers and small coasters, the piers served a vital function for their
communities. Often with stunning mountain backdrops, many settlements
clustered around the piers, which provided a means of communication
with the world at large. Some piers, like Rothesay’s, could accommodate
a number of pleasure steamers at once, while others, such as
Tighnabruaich’s, were built with functionality in mind, providing for the
needs of the inhabitants.
Alistair Deayton brings together a superb selection of images of the Clyde
Coast piers from the late nineteenth century to the present day, telling
their history and showing just some of the variety of vessels that called
there. From MacBrayne’s steamers to the paddle steamers filled to the
gunwales with daytrippers and the puffers of Glenlight, a vast array of
ships are shown.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alistair Deayton is the co-author of MV Balmoral: The First 60 Years, and
A MacBrayne Album – both published by Amberley.
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