Dalintober School visit to Trench Point with Arthur Crossan

Courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Following on from SKDT’s Top Skippers’ Choice school visits at the beginning of September, 2019, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard, Arthur Crossan, gave Dalintober Primary School P6 pupils and their class teacher Mrs E. Campbell a guided tour of the site where the shipyard was once situated, at Trench Point in Campbeltown (photos of the site here). The structures have been demolished but there are still lots of clues that tell us something about the shipyard. Arthur was able to show the children where the various structures where and brought the shipyard alive through his personal anecdotes. 

Here are some quotes from the children on their thoughts about the site visit:

“I enjoyed finding out where different parts of shipyard would have been”.
 
“I liked seeing the graffiti that Miss Browns Dad did!”.
 
“I found the rails and the slipway interesting”
 
“All the old rusty bits with nuts and bolts showing were interesting and I wanted to know what they were for”.
 
“I  enjoyed when Arthur told us about launch day”.
 
“It was funny finding out about the wee house Arthur used to hide in!”.
 
“We all enjoyed hearing about the cats”.
 
“I didn’t realise they played football at lunchtime just like school”
 
“It’s hard to believe Campbeltown had a Shipyard”.
 
The public will be able to see the “Launch Day” bunting that both Dalintober and Castlehill Primary Schools created, at the SKDT “Top Skippers’ Choice” celebration at Campbeltown Town Hall in February 2020. We will also be featuring ongoing work being carried out at the primary schools on this website – so watch this space!
 
We are very grateful to the staff and pupils of Dalintober Primary School for their continued interest in this special part of Campbeltown’s social and industrial heritage and to Arthur Crossan for his ongoing commitment to the TSC project. Thank you!

The P6 children from Dalintober Primary School walking along Low Askomil for a site visit Trench Point, Campbeltown, where the shipyard was once situated. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

View of Trench Point, Campbeltown, where the shipyard was once situated. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

View of Trench Point, Campbeltown, where the shipyard was once situated. These are the rails on the slipway. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Graffiti with the initials of John Lang Brown, a former shipyard employee and bagpiper who played at the launches of the boats at Trench Point, Campbeltown. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

View of Trench Point, Campbeltown, where the shipyard was once situated. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

Arthur Crossan, former plater and welder at Campbeltown Shipyard with P6 pupils from Dalintober Primary School Campbeltown on site visit to Trench Point, where the yard was once located. Photo courtesy of Elspeth Campbell.

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2 Comments

  1. Caroline Armour19/09/2019 at 11:22 pm

    We are thrilled to be part of this incredible project and the value of helping to pass on the significance of Campbeltown Shipyard to a new generation -so important to understand community and heritage.

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    • We are very glad that Dalintober Primary School is involved… looking forward to seeing the work that the children produce!

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