Caledonian Steam Packet Company


This company was created by the Caledonian Railway to operate steamers on the Firth of Clyde which connected with the company^s railways.

Hulls were painted dark blue, saloons white and funnels yellow.


  /  /1888Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Caledonian Steam Packet Company buys Captain Robert Campbell^s business, goodwill and steamers.
01/01/1889Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Starts to operate steamers.
01/01/1889Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Service from Broomielaw Quay to the Holy Loch via Greenock Customs House Quay and Greenock Princes Pier.
08/05/1889Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Company formed to run steamers on the Clyde on behalf of the Caledonian Railway.
01/05/1890Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Starts to operate service from Gourock Pier (Kempock Point). Gourock opened 01/06/1889.
01/06/1890Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Starts to operate service from Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Arran.
  /11/1951Caledonian Steam Packet Company
PS Waverley [IV], PS Jeanie Deans [II] , PS Lucy Ashton and PS Talisman transferred from the British Transport Commission to the Caledonian Steam Packet Company.
  /  /1953Caledonian Steam Packet Company
A & J Inglis builds Maid of Argyll and Maid of Skelmorlie for CSP.
  /  /1969Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Company comes under the control of the Scottish Transport Group.
  /01/1969Caledonian Steam Packet Company
Becomes part of the Scottish Transport Group.
  /  /1973Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd
Created when David MacBrayne and the Caledonian Steam Packet Company Ltd merged.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This pier is open. It is a combined facility with Gourock station. Ferries operate from Gourock to Dunoon Pier and Kilcreggan Pier, and sometimes Helensburgh Pier. The pier is located on Kempock Point.

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MV Maid of Skelmorlie in the Clyde off Gourock in the autumn of 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
MV Maid of Skelmorlie heading west out of Gourock in September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 09/09/1955
MV Maid of Argyll photographed off Gourock on 15 September 1955. ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 15/09/1955
DSMV Juno at Gourock Pier. ...
Ewan Crawford 19/09/1987
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This is one of the pre-eminent ^must see^ stations in Scotland. In 1905 it replaced an original Wemyss Bay [1st] station of 1865 on a slightly different orientation (see that entry for the 1865-1905 details). It is a terminus and a combined station and pier with a very fine concourse (with semi-circular ticket office supporting the glass roof), canopied platforms, main station building with a ...

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Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
Detail of the new Transport Trust plaque, unveiled at Wemyss Bay on 30th November 2019. ...
John Yellowlees 30/11/2019
The entry to the station from the carpark and town. There are often taxis waiting here. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
Looking west over the glazed canopies covering platforms 3 and 4 (nearest) and 1 and 2. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
Clock tower, station entrance and carpark viewed from the south. ...
Ewan Crawford 4/6/2004
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This two platform terminus was covered with a wooden trainshed, open to the air over the tracks. The station was located on a pier, which could be used at low tide, built on reclaimed land. There were quayside lines on both sides.

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Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
One of William Robertson Shipowners finest MV Amethyst (Gem Line of Glasgow) unloading Paper Pulp bales from Norway for a paper mill on to railway ...
Gordon Steel 31/05/1972
The BLS/SLS Scottish Rambler No 5 on arrival at Ardrossan^s Montgomie Pier station on 10 April 1966 from Glasgow Central behind B1 no 61342. ...
K A Gray 10/04/1966
^I^ll see your five and raise you another ten...^ Stopover at Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier for Eastfield B1 no 61342 with the much - travelled ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 10/04/1966
Looking south at the former Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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