A NEW publication brings together a selection of photographs of the Clyde Coast piers from the late 19th century to the present day, including Helensburgh, Kilcreggan, Coulport and Arrochar.
Alistair Deayton, author of several books about the Clyde and about steamers, relates the history of the piers and shows the variety of vessels that called.
From MacBrayne's steamers to the paddle steamers with their day trippers — and the legendary puffers of Glenlight — a vast array of ships can be seen in 269 black and white photos and 32 colour photos.
During the 19th century a pier was built at almost every town, village and hamlet around the Firth of Clyde, providing a lifeline for each community and the opportunity to commute, travel, and go on holiday.
Alistair said: “After the introduction of improved roads and motor transport, a lot of them stopped being used. Some stopped being used after World War Two when more people had cars and holiday tastes began to change.”
The softback book is published by Amberley Publishing Plc, price £16.99.