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. Copyright CRSC

Chief Steward Dean Caldwell and Chief Officer Gary Calderwood welcome a CRSC group onto the bridge of Hebridean Isles during our coach-and-cruise excursion to Colonsay in May 2018. CRSC President Roy Paterson stands in the centre. Copyright CRSC

At CRSC’s February 2018 meeting, Captain Lewis Mackenzie (centre) gave a brilliant illustrated talk about his life as a CalMac master. He was congratulated afterwards by Jim Stirling, non-executive director of David MacBrayne Ltd, and fellow CRSC member Allan Smith, who had just passed his MCA oral examination for an Officer of the Watch unlimited ticket — the same certificate which Captain Mackenzie gained at the start of his career. Copyright CRSC

CRSC officeholders 2018-19

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, 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)