Thursday, May 8, 2014

STOBCROSS QUAY - 1953


Photo: The Glasgow Story

On Sept. 28, 1953, disaster was averted at Stobcross Quay, Finnieston.

Firefighters saved the tanker Alva Bay, which was moored at the quay and carried 1,500 tons of fuel oil.

The blaze, which broke out in the storage sheds and smoldered for days, "took hold among rolls of newspapers," according to The Glasgow Story website.

"Exploding gas canisters added to the dangers facing firefighters.

"At one stage the river fire boat came up under the stern of the tanker in order to bring additional hoses to play on the flames."