About us

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.

We produce two highly prized publications, ‘Clyde Steamers’ and ‘Review’, which are issued free to members each year. We also publish a popular DVD capturing key ferry movements and archive footage.

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 at the bottom of this page.

CRSC Review front cover 2013

CRSC Review front cover 2013

Clyde Steamers 2018 edition







In January 2018 more than 180 members and friends took part in CRSC’s hugely successful Round Arran charter on MV Isle of Arran. It was the Club’s first ‘big ship’ charter for many years. During the five-hour sailing, groups of 10 were given visits to the bridge, where they chatted with Captain Tony McQuade.

In October 2017 CRSC organised a trip to beautiful Loch Shiel, incorporating a charter of the loch cruise vessel MV Sileas from Glenfinnan to Acharacle and back. Jim Michie (left foreground), skipper of Sileas, is pictured discussing return timings with CRSC members on Acharacle pier.

CRSC officeholders 2018-19

Angus Ross (right) introduces Martin Dorchester (left) to the assembled company of CRSC members and friends

January 2016: CRSC lunch excursion to Rothesay with CalMac managing director Martin Dorchester (left) — CRSC copyright photo

President: Roy Paterson

Vice-president: Andrew Anderson

Honorary Secretary: Eric Schofield

Honorary Treasurer: William Tomlinson

Membership Secretary: Stuart Craig

Elected members of the Club’s management committee: Robin Copland, Neil Guthrie, John Newth, Cameron Shaw, Allan Smith

Ex officio members: Andrew Clark (Magazine), Neil Guthrie (Cruise Coordinator), Gordon Law (Calendar), Archie MacCallum (Archive), John Newth (Review), Iain Quinn (Photos)

Honorary Auditor: Graeme Hogg

Officeholders can be contacted by email at info@crsc.org.uk

February 2016: CRSC bridge visit on Finlaggan en route to Colonsay, courtesy of Chief Officer Lee McDowell (left)