Help Us Support Clyde Maritime Heritage

The Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative - Govan Graving DocksFrom today 20% of all net revenues from the Dunmaglas Photography website and this blog will go to support the work of the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative (CDPI).

Borne out of a campaign for the restoration of the derelict Govan Graving Docks (dry docks) in Glasgow (see photo below) as a maritime heritage and leisure park/centre – CDPI is a not-profit organisation working to ensure the protection and sympathetic reuse of dockland sites and other maritime and industrial heritage artefacts on the River Clyde and Firth of Clyde in the West of Scotland.

The main focus of CDPI at present is the Govan dock site [see Google Map], for which it is in the process of developing an alternative masterplan for the docks, to challenge the plans of developers to build over 700 expensive flats on this site. The dry docks and sandstone pump house are a category A-listed buildings and it is the only remaining historic dock site in Glasgow that has not been filled in to make way for modern redevelopments.

Built between the 1860s and 1890s – Govan Graving Docks are a masterpiece of Victorian engineering but have been derelict for 29 years. They are important locally, nationally and internationally to maritime heritage and are unique in Scotland.

There is already enough luxury housing lining the Clyde in Glasgow, where at one time as many as a fifth of all the ships in the World were built, and the river needs much more than this. One of the aims is to see a centre for sustainable shipping created on the Clyde to help tackle climate change.

Heritage isn’t just about history and museums. It’s about what is being created right now and handed down to future generations.

For more information on how you can help us support the work of CDPI visit

If you haven’t already please also sign the online petition…

Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow, Scotland

Govan Dry Dock

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