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Famous Scots - Drowned In The Sringfield Ferry

A terrible accident occurred on 30th November 1864 when a ferry operated by rowing boat overturned in mid-channel after setting out from Clyde Street, Anderston.
27 men were packed into the Clyde Street ferryboat, which was being steered by the passengers while the ferryman collected the fares.
Bad steering caused the swell of a passing steamer to come over the broadside of the rowing boat. The boat capsized throwing all the occupants into the freezing water. Only 8 were saved, the remaining 19 were drowned. The ferryman of the Hyde Park Ferry rescued two men who had managed to cling on the upturned boat as it flowed downstream.
The subsequent protest about the inadequacies of cross-river transportation was responsible for the introduction of steam ferries in 1865.

Headstone Photograph

Further Information


Date of Death: 30th Nov 1864

Cemetery: Sighthill Cemetery

Region: Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Country: Scotland


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