Port Glasgow

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Port Glasgow
Scottish Gaelic Port Ghlaschu
View over Port Glasgow with the port facilities
View over Port Glasgow with the port facilities
Coordinates 55 ° 56 ′  N , 4 ° 42 ′  W Coordinates: 55 ° 56 ′  N , 4 ° 42 ′  W
Port Glasgow (Scotland)
Port Glasgow
Port Glasgow
Residents 15,414 2011 census
ZIP code section PA14
prefix 01475
Part of the country Scotland
Council area Inverclyde
British Parliament Inverclyde
Scottish Parliament Greenock and Inverclyde

Port Glasgow ( Gaelic Port Ghlaschu) is a port city in Scotland .

Port Glasgow is the second largest city after Greenock in Inverclyde , a council area on the west coast of Scotland. The River Clyde flows through it.


Port Glasgow used to be known as Newark , a vernacular term for new-work. The history of the place is closely linked to Newark Castle and the Maxwell family. The other important factor in Port Glasgow, as the name suggests, is shipping . Ships from the Netherlands and France were unloaded here and the cargo was brought in smaller ships across the Clyde to Glasgow. In 1667 the City of Glasgow bought land on the coast to build a harbor and breakwater . This made the village of Newark Glasgow's first deep-sea port and was soon called Port Glasgow. In 1833 Port Glasgow became a Free City . Around this time the Clyde was deepened so that the city was no longer used as a port. This made the shipbuilding that was now beginning all the more important.

In the 19th century the city became a center of shipbuilding. Among other things, the Clyde Shipbuilding Company was located there. One of the most famous ships was the Comet . The paddle steamer , built in 1811, was the first commercially successful steamship in Europe. Shipbuilding , like other branches of industry in Inverclyde, has largely disappeared in the wake of de- industrialization. The only remaining private shipyard on the Clyde is Ferguson Shipbuilders .

Newark Parish Church , built in 1774, is no longer in use.


The main attraction of the place is the Castle Newark from the year 1484. This was up 1,697 from the communities of Maxwell inhabited. The castle stands near the banks of the Clyde. It used to be surrounded by shipyards on all sides. Today there is only the Ferguson shipyard on its west side.

In 1823 the Presbyterian St Andrew's Church and in 1959 the Catholic Holy Family Roman Catholic Church were established.


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