NON-FOOTBALL STORIES 1913

While looking through old documents, it is almost inevitable that the reader's attention will be drawn from the intended target to other articles. The reports below were found in an old Glasgow Herald newspapers.  Although they have no football content, they may be of interest.

ARDROSSAN DOCK STRIKE
Prospects of an early settlement of the Ardrossan dock strike are now considerably brighter.  The directors are to confer with the men’s representatives at Kilmarnock today and it is generally expected that terms of settlement will be agreed upon.  The strike has now lasted ten weeks.
                Glasgow Herald, 2 January 1913

LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
The Ardrossan Shipbuilding Company launched on Saturday a steel screw steamer which they have built to the order of Messrs John Birch and Company, London, for Indian owners.  The vessel, which is the largest yet launched at Ardrossan, is intended for the coasting trade, and is 210 feet in length, 30 feet in breadth, and 11 feet 9 inches in depth.  She was named Shahzada Cambay by Miss Findlay, daughter of the chairman of the Ardrossan Shipbuilding Company.  Engines will be supplied by Messrs Miller and Macfie, Glasgow.
                Glasgow Herald, 27 January 1913

ANOTHER ARDROSSAN STRIKE
The labourers employed by Ardrossan Shipbuilding Company Limited came out on strike yesterday morning.  They demand an increase of 1d per hour.  Their present rate of pay is 5d an hour, a figure which the shipyard officials say is higher than that paid in most of the Clyde yards.  A deputation from the men waited on the manager yesterday forenoon when the employers offered an increase of d an hour.  This the men refused to accept, and sixty-eight workmen are now idle.
                Glasgow Herald, 21 February 1913

LAUNCH AT ARDROSSAN
The Ardrossan Shipbuilding Company launched the coasting steamer Collairnie which they have built to the order of Messrs George Elsmie and Son, Aberdeen.  The vessel, which was named by Mrs Donald Mustard, Elgin is 195 feet in length between perpendiculars, 25 feet in breadth and 11 feet 8 inches in depth.  Engines will be supplied by Mr W V V Lidgerwood, Coatbridge.
                Glasgow Herald, 14 June 1913

PRESENTATION OF PRIZES AT ARDROSSAN ACADEMY
The schools under Ardrossan School Board were all closed for the summer vacation yesterday.  At Ardrossan Academy, Provost Chrystie presided and the prizes were handed over by Miss Beckett, Glenfoot.  The following were the leading prize-winners.
Dux boy medal - William Clark, Saltcoats
Dux girl medal - Margaret F Adams, Saltcoats
Class XII - A Leslie Beard and Elizabeth Morris
Class XI -David MacMillan and Bessie Chalmers
Class XJohn Fulton and Catherine Boyd
Class IX -William McLaughlan and Agnes Smith
Class VIIIa -Norman Bruce and Bertha Butters
Class VIIIb -David Haining and Mary McNaught
Class VIIa  -Robert Neilson and Greta MacPherson
Class VIIb -John Smith and Georgina Barrie
                Glasgow Herald, 28 June 1913

POSTMASTER RETIRES
Mr John Stevens, having reached the age limit, retires today from the postmastership at Ardrossan, a position which he has held for thirty-six years and which his father, the late Dr James Stevens, held before him from the year 1841.  Ardrossan Post Office is a District Head Office, the area under it including Arran, West Kilbride, Seamill, Saltcoats, Stevenston and Ardeer.
                Glasgow Herald, 4 July 1913

RAILWAYMAN KILLED AT ARDROSSAN
A sad incident, which resulted in the death of William Munro, Railway Foreman, occurred at Ardrossan Harbour yesterday morning.  Munro was superintending shunting operations, and was attempting to cross the line when was knocked down, several wagons passing over both legs.  The unfortunate man, who was over 60 years of age, and had been in the service of the Glasgow and South Western Railway for a long time, was removed to the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, by special train, but succumbed to his injuries soon after reaching the hospital.
                Glasgow Herald, 12 July 1913

DEATH OF EX-PROVOST OF ARDROSSAN
The death has occurred at Ardrossan of ex-Provost John Harvey of that town at the age of seventy-one.  Mr Harvey had been in ill-health for a number of years.  Keenly interested in the public affairs of Ardrossan, he devoted a great part of his life to the service of the community and was a member of the town council for close on twenty years.  In 1905, he was appointed Provost which position he occupied for the full term of three years.  Mr Harvey is survived by a grown up family.
                Glasgow Herald, 21 July 1913

ARDROSSAN SAND-MODELLING COMPETITION
In conjunction with the sand-modelling competition held on Thursday (24 July), a sports meeting for children under fifteen years of age was held in Winton Park, Ardrossan (shown below in 2011), on Saturday afternoon (26 July), under the auspices of Ardrossan Town Council.  The weather was warm and sunny, and the varied programme attracted over 240 competitors.  The judges were Messrs T K Cook, C Price, T Guthrie and W Sim and Mr W Gardine was the starter.  At the conclusion of the programme, Bailie Fawcett presided at the distribution of prizes which were presented by Miss Cant of Kilmeny.

                Glasgow Herald, 28 July
1913

NEW ARDROSSAN LIFEBOAT
A new lifeboat for the Ardrossan station arrived at the harbour there yesterday.  The National Lifeboat Institution had promised the new vessel a long time ago, and delivery had been expected almost daily since early spring.  Built by the Thames Ironworks Company, the new boat is of the Liverpool type, 35 feet long with 10 foot beam, and is fitted with drop keels.  She is named James and John N Young.  Mr John Young, of Pollokshields, having bequeathed a sum of money to the Institution on condition that one of their lifeboats should bear this name.
                Glasgow Herald, 15 August 1913

PRIME MINISTER AND CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER AT ARDROSSAN
The Prime Minister, Mr Herbert Henry Asquith, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mr David Lloyd George, arrived separately at Ardrossan this evening en route for Arran.  Mr Lloyd George was expected to cross to Arran in the morning and a considerable crowd gathered at the Winton Pier in the hope of seeing him.  The spectators were, however, disappointed.  Mr Asquith arrived quietly shortly before half-past five in the afternoon.  He was attended by his secretary and two detectives.  Very few people knew of the Premier's coming, and he strolled up and down the pier for fully half an hour.  When the steamer was due to sail he went on board and seated himself on a coil of rope at the bow.  He appeared to be greatly impressed by the beauty of the autumn sunset behind the Arran hills.  There was no demonstration of any kind, there being a mere handful of people on the pier.  Mr Lloyd George, who arrived at 6.55 from Kilmarnock, walked the short distance from the Glasgow and South Western railway station to the Eglinton Hotel where he spent the night.  He too was accompanied by officials from Scotland Yard.  As the Chancellor passed along the street he was greeted with cheers from a considerable concourse of people.  Mr Lloyd George will sail for Arran tomorrow by ordinary steamer.
                Glasgow Herald, 27 September 1913

ARDROSSAN SHUNTING FATALITY
The Lord Ordinary closed the record and ordered issues for trial in an action by Patrick Doyle, Creagh, Castledawson, County Derry, Ireland, against the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company for 500 damages for the death of his son, Francis Joseph, who on 24 December 1912 was killed on the defenders' line at Ardrossan.  Intending to sail to Belfast, the deceased arrived at Ardrossan Station and proceeded towards Eglinton Basin for the purpose of boarding the steamer but while crossing the railway line, was knocked down and killed by a train of wagons, the night being dark and stormy.  The defenders deny fault and state the deceased did not keep to the pathway but trespassed upon the line, on which he incurred danger from shunting wagons.
                Glasgow Herald, 3 December 1913

NEGOTIATIONS WITH HARBOUR COMPANY
It has been learned that negotiations are now proceeding with the Admiralty and Ardrossan Harbour Company, the naval authorities desirous of acquiring accommodation for certain purposes on the Ayrshire coast.  Our representative has interviewed the officials of the Harbour Company, and has learned that a naval officer paid a visit of inspection to Ardrossan this week, but at the present stage of the negotiations it is not considered advisable to state the precise purpose for which accommodation is required by the Admiralty.  It is commonly understood, however, that Lamlash has not proved entirely satisfactory as a station for submarines, and it is possible that Ardrossan may have been considered a more convenient base.
                Glasgow Herald, 12 December 1913