Burns & Laird Lines

United Kingdom


Click for a view of the interior
Sailings (issued August 1925)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
?

Only ships mentioned in the brochure (though not in connection with particular routes) are Partridge, Woodcock, Puma, Magpie and Vulture. In addition, Tiger is shown on a photo inside.

1) Ardrossan, Belfast
2) Glasgow (Broomielaw), Belfast
3) Glasgow, Greenock, Dublin
4) Glasgow, Greenock, Londonderry
5) Heysham, Dublin
6) Heysham, Londonderry
According to "Burns and Laird" by Colin Campbell and Roy Fenton, Woodcock and Partridge were used on the Belfast routes, Tiger on the Dublin route and Olive and Rose on the Glasgow-Londonderry route. From the book you get the impression that, additionally, Puma was used on the Dublin route, Vulture on the Belfast routes, Maple between Glasgow and Londonderry and Pointer on the Ardrossan-Belfast or Glasgow-Londonderry routes. Thistle and Brier may have been used on the Heysham-Londonderry route. Other passenger-carrying ships in the Burns & Laird fleet at the time were Magpie, Moorfowl, Lily and Hound, though the latter, which used to sail on the Glasgow-Belfast route, was sold in 1925.

Sailings (undated; c. mid-1920s)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
? 1) Glasgow (Broomielaw), Belfast
2) Ardrossan, Belfast
This brochure is hard to date. It bears close resemblance to the 1925 brochure above as well as to a 1927 brochure (see archives) in terms of graphics and information given. However, the information is conflicting on some points, but I find it more likely that it was issued at the latest in 1926, but may well have been issued before 1925. In any case, vessels used were the same as in 1925.

Sailings June 10-September 24, 1955
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Irish Coast Glasgow, Dublin


Click for larger view

Sailings (undated; c. mid-1950s)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Royal Scotsman
Royal Ulsterman

(no vessels mentioned in brochure)
Glasgow, Belfast


Click for larger view

Sailings effective June 13, 1960 (issued June 1960)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Scottish Coast (not mentioned) Glasgow, Dublin

Sailings June 25-August 27, 1960 (issued February 1960)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Irish Coast Ardrossan, Belfast

Sailings effective March 27, 1961 (issued March 1961)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Royal Scotsman
Royal Ulsterman

(no vessels mentioned in brochure)
Glasgow, Belfast

Sailings effective June 17, 1963
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Scottish Coast Glasgow, Dublin

Sailings June 17-September 8, 1963
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Royal Scotsman
Royal Ulsterman

(no vessels mentioned in brochure)
Glasgow, Belfast

Sailings summer 1967
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Royal Scotsman
Royal Ulsterman
(not mentioned)
Glasgow, Belfast
Scottish Coast (probably) Ardrossan, Belfast
Lairds Loch (until June 16)
Irish Coast (probably, but not mentioned)
Glasgow, Dublin

Sailings June 19-September 16, 1967
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Irish Coast (probably, but not mentioned in brochure) Glasgow, Dublin

Sailings June 20-August 30, 1969 (issued January 1969)
Vessel(s) Ports of call
Scottish Coast (not mentioned) Glasgow, Belfast

*

See the archives section for more brochures of Burns & Laird Lines.
See also the shipping in 1971 section.

*

See also British Rail and predecessors G. & J. Burns and Laird Line.

*

The ClydeBuilt Ships Database website has a page on ships built for Burns & Laird,
which gives an idea of what ships may have run on the Belfast service in pre-WWII days.

*

The Simplon Postcards website has a page on motorships of Burns & Laird with many postcards/photos.

You may use my images on another website.
Then please credit them as being from the collection of Björn Larsson,
and preferably provide a link to my Introduction page.
Thank you!

This page last updated November 15, 2009.