Our home of Inverclyde has a rich heritage of drinking. Did you know it is where the great Scots phrase, “getting steaming” originates?
The temperance movement of the mid 1800s came with it harsher drinking laws, one of which prohibiting drinking on Sunday’s. Ever the inventors, the Scots found an ingenious loophole to get around this.
Steamboats leaving Port Glasgow every Sunday would take passengers on a long scenic journey to Greenock. As these boats were not on land they could serve alcohol.
The merriment enjoyed on these journeys became legendary and those who partook in it, steamers! The next time you are having an Inverclyde and Tonic remember you are carrying on a long tradition of steamers!