We have all seen plenty of photographs of the QE2 but these are a little different. They were taken for the crane firm of MacWilliam MacWilliam and show some of their equipment being used in the Inchgreen dry dock while she was in for final fitting out in 1968.
The photographs had been framed and were on display in the company's premiss for many years before permission was given for me to show them here by Mr Craig MacWilliam the current managing director who outlines the company's history below.
The images show workmen applying a coating of anti-fouling paint when the photos were taken.
My great grandfather the 5th of 7 children, John MacWilliam was born 1887 in Glasgow, and worked in the steel industry. He moved to Boness to work in the steel industry and dealt with Inverkeithing Shipyard.
By the time his two eldest sons of 7 children were of working age he was a well established scrap metal merchant and bought a yard in Sandyhills in the east end of Glasgow. The yard had a railway line with a direct line to Ravenscraig and other steel works. My grandfather Alex and his brother James continued to expand the business. The youngest son Alan joined the company years later.
Over the next 20 years the cranes were out on hire as often as working in our yard.
Among all of the lucrative contracts my grandfather and his brother has secured was the scrapping of British Rail trains and coaches. As we had a railway line in our yard and the line to the steel work, no other metal merchant could compete with us as we had the market for scrapping at BR equipment in Scotland and the North of England, and all ex service equipment was railed into our yard.
I am now the 4th generation and continue as a demolition contractor.
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My thanks to Mr MacWilliam for all his help putting this page together it's very much appreciated.