Old Photograph Coronation Park Port Glasgow Scotland

Old photograph of Coronation Park in Port Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland. The park opened to the public in 1937 which explains it's name as the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth and as Emperor and Empress of India took place at Westminster Abbey, London, on 12 May 1937. The bandstand entertainers in the summer included bands such as the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, Parkhead Forge Silver Band and the Clydebank and Govan Burgh Bands.

Memorial to the Clyde Boating Tragedy of 14th September 1947, Coronation Park, Port Glasgow. The Ocean pleasure cruiser left Inchgreen on the morning of 14th September 1947 for a day outing to Ardentinny, Loch Long. There were 23 local men, women and children on board. As the weather deteriorated they instead headed for the less exposed waters of Gareloch. Their day went well, but the weather continued to deteriorate. On the return trip tragedy struck. Suddenly about half a mile south of Roseneath Point, the small craft was swamped by a large wave and it sank within seconds. Only three people survived making this one of the worst pleasure craft disasters in the river's history.
The names of the deceased were:
Nessie Anderson
Marjorie Graham
Margaret Castle
George Graham
Margaret Ann Cathcart
John Graham
George Cumming
Mary McShefferty
Alexander Cumming
Jeannie Melville
Helen Faulds
Robert Hailstones
Robert Melville
John Graham
Thomas Melville
Emily Graham
Janet Neilson
Esther Graham
Margaret Smith
and the boat owner John Travis

All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.

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