"Greenock - Seafaring Tradition" Greenock by stevezero

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Geenock is a small town, 25kms or so west of Glasgow. It started life as a small village in the shadow of a long gone castle.
In the 1600's a pier and breakwater were built, and the shipbuilding tradition began along the foreshore. Later a harbour was built in 1710 and the industry really boomed and continued for many years.
In 1736 the town's most famous son, James Watt, was born here. His revolutionary redesign of old steam engines into much more efficient models, caused him to be one of the founding figures of the industrial revolution in Britain. Watt has not been forgotten by his birthplace, and the James Watt College was founded in the town in 1907. The campus moved to its present quayside location in 1973.

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  • Pros:The Sea, architecture, James Watt
  • In a nutshell:Great Seaside Town
  • Intro Updated Sep 17, 2005
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