NS4273 : Bollards on the River Clyde

taken 10 years ago, near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Bollards on the River Clyde
Bollards on the River Clyde
These structures (see NS4273 : River Clyde at Milton, NS4273 : Milton Island and NS4273 : Mud Flats and Milton Island for views from a distance) are located near a former Esso terminal (whose site is visible in the background, near the left-hand edge of the photo); they are described as "bollards" on large-scale mapping. For the view from another angle, see NS4273 : Bollards on the River Clyde.

The bollards nearer the shore are 3 to 4 metres wide; those further out are not all of the same dimensions (the middle one is wider), but range from about 7 to 11 metres across. Beyond the ones on the left, some piers can be seen projecting from the site of the former oil terminal (compare NS4373 : Esso terminal at Milton). The Erskine Bridge (NS4672) is also visible in the distance.

Beyond the bollards on the right, a small green beacon is visible, standing on the eastern end of NS4273 : The Lang Dyke.
Former Esso terminal at Milton :: NS4373

The site is no longer an oil terminal, and its structures have been cleared away; however, as of early 2018, the site is still closed to the public. See LinkExternal link (at Canmore) for further details.

The information in the next paragraph was obtained from the booklet "Dunbartonshire: The Official Handbook of the County" (1965); note that, in this context, "bunkering" is the act of refuelling a ship, and "bunker(s)" is the fuel oil itself:

The terminal was operated by the Esso Petroleum Company, and was its main storage and distribution point in Scotland. The site was originally developed as a marine bunkering point after the First World War, but was later extended to 150 acres, and expanded to make it a major ocean terminal capable of handing a wide range of oil products. The terminal was mainly supplied from Esso's refineries at Fawley (SU4403) and Milford Haven (SM8706, now the site of South Hook LNG Terminal) by ocean tankers which could be accommodated at either of the Bowling jetties. The largest tanks around the jetties were capable of storing 8000 tons of oil each. In the mid-1960s, when the aforementioned booklet was written, bunkering was still a feature of the site: deliveries to ships in Glasgow docks were carried out by self-propelled bunkering barge, while bunkers could also be pumped aboard directly from the terminal at the coaster berth.

Associated with the former terminal is a group of standing structures in the Clyde; they are identified as "bollards" on OS mapping.

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Date Taken
Friday, 9 April, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 15 April, 2010
Geographical Context
Estuary, Marine 
Landmark (from Tags)
Erskine Bridge 
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Milton 
River (from Tags)
Clyde 
Category
Bollards   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4279 7366 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:55.8136N 4:31.0777W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4270 7367
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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