IN reply to the long letter by Mr McCluskey (The National, October 4) about the River Clyde, I have to say the river is not quite dead. During the summer when she is running well, the paddle steamer Waverley can be seen almost daily thundering down the river.

Letters: What has happened to our wonderful river?

I belong to a group called the Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club. We are based at the pontoon on the mouth of the River Kelvin. We can be seen rowing up and down the river from the Kelvin to the weir at the green or recently as far as the Titan crane at Clydebank.

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Recently we played host to the Dumbarton Castle to Finnieston Crane rowing event, with 76 various boats involved. This was such a success that it may well become an annual event. Another group involved was the GalGael who had their Scottish birlinn out on the river along with other traditional boats built at Govan and in the tallship Glenlees workshop beside the Transport Museum.

During the summer there was a passenger ferry running between the museum and Govan. At the Science Centre, the old TS Queen Mary has been worked on and will certainly be another visitor attraction. These days the Clyde may be quiet but it is far from dead.
Peter Kemp