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Your business, like the fastest sailing ship... requires Crosstrees
to build the sturdiest, and tallest of masts. Enabling you
to unfurl your strongest sail, Crosstrees carry you through
the calmest of oceans and the stormiest of weathers.
Why CROSSTREES HOUSE?
Crosstrees are two horizontal crosspieces of timber or metal that spread
the upper sails of a sailing ship in order to support the mast.
They allow the extension of height, effectively enabling the addition
of more sail shroud. This harnesses more wind power,
and therefore gives further speed to a ship.
The CROSSTREES HOUSE name is a nod to Glasgow’s
rich history of shipbuilding and international trade. We summoned
this centuries~spanning inspiration, and invoked the entrepreneurial
spirit that pervaded these legendary ‘Clydebuilt’ sailing ships.
One of the most famous merchant sailing ships being
the Cutty Sark ~ of the last tea clippers to be built on the
Clyde (1869), she was one of the fastest.
Increased trade called for newer, faster ships, whereupon Scotland
became shipbuilder to the world. From the founding of the
Scott family’s shipyard at Greenock in the year 1712 to the present
day over 25,000 ships have been built on the River Clyde
and its Firth, and on the tributary River Kelvin.
Glasgow’s easy access to the Atlantic Ocean by merchant
ships allowed the worldwide importation of goods, which were
then traded throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Through the success of this trade, Glasgow became
one of the largest cities in the world.
Recognised as ‘The Second City of the Empire’, Glasgow
historically became an indispensable shipbuilding and trading centre,
with its primary river, the River Clyde, providing access
to the city and the rest of Scotland for merchant shipping.