Watch legendary steamers sail past on colour film!

King George V passing majestically beneath the Erskine Bridge in 1971 — one of many scenes captured by Ian Brown’s movie camera and now preserved on CRSC’s exclusive DVD. Thumbnail ‘screen grabs’ of a handful of other film sequences are featured below. Ian Brown had a seasoned eye for filming ships and his legacy is now available to all. Copyright CRSC/J.T.A. Brown Collection

The best loved steamers of the 1960s and 1970s are captured on film in CRSC’s exclusive new DVD — yours for £14.50 while stocks last.

Ian Brown

The price includes postage. Paid-up CRSC members can buy it for the discounted price of £12.

The 55-minute selection, all in colour, has been digitised and edited by CRSC to showcase the best of the cine films made by the late Ian Brown, who filmed the Clyde’s favourite steamers during his weekend excursions and summer holidays on the Firth.

Take a trip down memory lane as all the ‘greats’ sail past on camera — Duchess of Hamilton, Jeanie Deans, Caledonia, King George V, Queen Mary II, Talisman, the ‘ABC’ car ferries, the ‘Maids’ — and not forgetting Waverley with yellow funnels!


There’s a smashing sequence of Cowal and Queen Mary II leaving Rothesay Bay, a selection of angles showing Talisman arriving at Largs on a summer’s morning and footage of King George V majestically gliding down the River Clyde beneath the Erskine Bridge.

Some of the best sequences are taken from the decks of one steamer while another passes at full tilt — ‘Jeanie’ heading towards Dunoon with bow wave and black paddle-box seen to advantage, Caledonia powering along the West Kyle towards Tighnabruaich, Queen Mary II approaching the Narrows.

As for the unforgettable Glen Sannox, she is captured at all points of the Firth — not just Brodick but on one-off visits to Inveraray and Stranraer too.

Jeanie Deans

These are amateur films — quality varies from sequence to sequence — but the atmosphere throughout is such that you won’t be able to stop watching!

The films were originally silent. They are now presented with gently upbeat musical accompaniment and a discreet commentary, but if you prefer to watch in silence or with your own choice of music, just switch the sound off.

Ian Brown, who died in 2015, was one of CRSC’s most devoted members. He served as President in 1973-74 and was a longstanding committee member and contributor to meetings. His legacy of films was generously made available to CRSC by his widow Jean and their children Les and Gill, to whom we offer our thanks.

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Duchess of Hamilton


Queen Mary II

Cowal follows Queen Mary II out of Rothesay Bay in 1966 — one of many vintage scenes captured on film in the new DVD. Ian Brown’s cine footage captures the flavour of a golden era. Copyright CRSC/J.T.A. Brown Collection

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