Gourock - Ropes, Twines, Cords

By: The Gourock Ropework Company Limited

Price: £30.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


[Not dated - c.1946 ?]. Well illustrated, large slim octavo, pp 66, looseleaf in clip folder, paperback, slightly worn. SCARCE. [The Port Glasgow Rope and Duck Company was set up by a group of Glasgow Traders in 1736 in a mill where Port Glasgow railway station now stands. This company sold out to the Gourock Ropework Co in 1797. The company moved to premises on Bay Street in 1886. The 8 storey building began life as Richardson's sugar refinery in the 1860s and was converted for use as a ropeworks some 20 years later. The Category A Listed mill building on Robert Street/Bay Street still stands, having been converted to loft apartments in 2006/7, following many years of dereliction and uncertainty about its future. The Birkmyre mill produced sails and ropes for ships which reached every corner of the globe. Notable amongst the ships served by the mill were the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, as well as the Port Glasgow built Comet in 1812. Birkmyre patented a waterproofing process which was marketed from 1889; 'Birkmyre' patent waterproof cloth was the first to use 'dry' chemical proofing. The company had offices around the globe, as well as mills in India and elsewhere in the UK. There was a 400 yards long "rope walk" at Port Glasgow which was used for spinning ropes by means of a very intricate system of tracks, bogeys and machinery. This ran alongside the railway line and was sadly demolished during the 1980s, although the foundations remain.]

Title: Gourock - Ropes, Twines, Cords

Author Name: The Gourock Ropework Company Limited

Categories: Industry,

Publisher: Port Glasgow, Govan, et al, Gourock Ropes and Canvas Ltd:

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 015452

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