Clarkspey, Clarkforth and Highland

by Alan Blackwood

The Clarkspey depicted in a painting.
The Clarkspey depicted in a painting.

During October 1962 and when barely into the second month of a one year pre-sea cadet course at Glasgow’s School of Navigation, a class of 15 aspiring seafarers of which I was one, was invited to visit the motorship Clarkforth at her builder’s yard at Port Glasgow on the lower reaches of the River Clyde. She had just completed trials out on the Firth and the subsequent process of handover to her owners, the London based ship and marine insurance brokers H. Clarkson & Company. She was however to be manned and managed by our visit hosts, J & J Denholm (Management) Ltd. of Glasgow.

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