The Glasgow that comedian Billy Connolly grew up in wasn’t that much different from Scottish yacht designer and naval architect G.L. Watson’s time, more than half a century earlier.
The difference is that in Watson’s era the River Clyde was on the rise as a world centre of shipbuilding, while in Connolly’s younger days times were a-changing with shipbuilding soon in decline after a post-WWII flourish.
But as Connolly reflects here at 70 (this is true), Glasgow always seems to look forward, “always slightly ahead of the game”. Just as it was in G.L. Watson’s time.
Martin Black’s book G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design is as much a story of Glasgow and the Clyde from an international perspective as it is about a great yacht designer. G.L. Watson couldn’t have flourished without the story of the development of the River and Firth.
With such perfect sailing waters nearby, it’s perhaps a pity that sailing isn’t a Commonwealth Games sport…