About us

In January 2019 CRSC chartered CalMac ferry Isle of Arran for a midwinter cruise round Ailsa Craig. The excursion was a huge success, with more than 240 people taking part, many of them enjoying a bridge visit as the ship neared our destination

CRSC brings together everyone with an interest in Scottish shipping.

We organise special excursions throughout the year, often involving unusual itineraries.

In winter we hold monthly meetings at Jurys Inn, near Glasgow Central Station, where members enjoy special presentations and have a chance to chat. Visitors are welcome.

Each year we produce two highly prized publications, Clyde Steamers and Review, which are issued free to members.

We also publish a popular DVD capturing key ferry movements and archive footage.

To join CRSC and get all the benefits, please click here.

CRSC was founded in 1932, when the Clyde teemed with shipyards and paddle steamers. Today we focus on the fleet of car ferries and passenger ships around the British coast, especially on the west of Scotland.

Uniting past and present is the Club’s unchanging purpose — to create opportunities for enthusiasts to meet, sail and talk together.

A list of current officeholders can be found further down this page.

If you have any questions about CRSC, please drop an email to info@crsc.org.uk

The annual Review is sent to all paid-up CRSC members

The 2020 edition of the Club magazine Clyde Steamers

Covers of Review 2015

CRSC’s Review has everything you ever wanted to know about shipping activity on the west of Scotland throughout the year

TS King George V graced the front cover of the 2019 Clyde Steamers

The front cover of the 2018 Clyde Steamers featured MV Lord of the Isles











CRSC officeholders 2020-21

Due to the public health crisis in the first half of 2020, it was not possible to hold an Annual General Meeting in the usual manner. The following officeholders will be subject to election as soon as an AGM can safely be held.

Acting President: Andrew Anderson

Acting Vice-President: Robin Copland

Honorary Secretary: Eric Schofield

Honorary Treasurer and Archivist: William Tomlinson

Membership Secretary: Stuart Craig

Cruise Coordinator: Neil Guthrie

Review Editor: Douglas Allan

Magazine Editor: Andrew Clark

Member of management committee: Jim Stirling

Honorary Auditor: Graeme Hogg

During the CRSC Round Arran charter of MV Isle of Arran on 18 January 2020, Captain Jay Shibel welcomed Club members onto the bridge, including Sandra Hay (left) and Iain and Carrie MacKinnon (right)

After his talk to a packed CRSC audience at Jurys Inn, Glasgow, on 8 January 2020, CalMac Operations Director Robert Morrison (second from left) was congratulated by Club member Cameron Wilson (left), former CalMac executive Bill Main (second from right) and Captain Guy Robertson (right), master of MV Finlaggan

During our excursion to Islay on Finlaggan in October 2018, Captain Callan Sloan was pictured engaging with one of the groups of CRSC members invited up to the ship’s bridge. We were also given a tour of the engine room

Another view of CRSC’s hugely successful charter of MV Isle of Arran in January 2019. The closer the ship came, the greater the fever of anticipation: CRSC’s charter was the first time a modern CalMac ferry had given a public sailing round Ailsa Craig. Isle of Arran sailed clockwise and anti-clockwise round the isolated granite island, and gave a spectacular demonstration of ‘turning on a sixpence’ off the lighthouse. We were really lucky with the weather: the waters were remarkably calm

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