The Custom House Quay in Greenock was a terminal for all kinds of boats – namely ferries – and still has its use today as a berth for the Paddle Steamer Waverley among other things.
Michael painted the scene for its historical interest and significance to the local area. Some of the old landmarks are still there, such as the Clydeport authority building which is central to the composition. The old tramlines and cobblestones lead the eye into the picture, with the sheds and clock in the centre. Lamont’s dry dock is in the background, and sadly no longer there.
With most of the buildings gone, the work serves as a happy reminder of the area in which he grew up.
Another view of old Greenock is Clyde Shipping Tugs.