TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME
Old snaps show how we used to live
A popular paddle steamer, an old jail and a train station are just part of our latest trip down memory lane thanks to Reformer reader Willie Anderson.
A few weeks ago we reported that Willie had decided to share his massive collection of old Rutherglen pictures so others could enjoy them. And, as promised, here is another batch of snaps.
One of them depicts the ‘ Lucy Ashton’, a paddle steamer that was a common sight on Scottish waters during the first half of the 20th century.
She was launched in May, 1888 at TB Heath in Rutherglen before being introduced for service on Holy Loch.
After that, she spent much of her time doing the Gareloch service from Craigendoran.
The outbreak of World War Two gave her career an unexpected extension when she was the spare boat on the wartime service Dunoon run.
She was retained for peace service but made her last run in February 1949.
Sadly most of these pictures did not have dates with them, but they still offer a fascinating insight into the Burgh and how life used to be.
For more local history, turn to our weekly Memory Lane feature on page 32.