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Faslane

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Gare Loch prior to the naval base expansion, 1963, Fox
Gare Loch prior to the naval base
expansion, 1963

Faslane lies on the eastern shore of the Gare Loch, on the A814 road to the northwest of Rhu and Helensburgh. Faslane Bay, to the north, has been a port and naval base since World War II.

Before the early naval base was established, the area around Faslane received little attention. Sparsely populated, there was no reason for the Clyde steamers to call in as they sailed past the area, on their way to the more prosperous village of Garelochhead with its pier and railway station at the head of loch.

Faslane Bay, 1978
Faslane Bay 1978
© Dr Neil Clifton

At the start of the 20th century, the bay at Faslane was home to a shipbreaking yard operated by Metal Industries Ltd, and then to a naval base, constructed there during World War II, and which would later become HMNB Clyde. Metal Industries' yard closed in the mid 1980s, when the base was expanded and absorbed the land the yard had formerly occupied.

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