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Thursday, 30 April 2009

AASHIEM




Aasheim entering Rothesay Dock with a cargo of aggregates.

Ardrossan/ Belfast Ferry

An advert from 1965 for Burns and Laird,can someone ID the ship?

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

HMS Bangor








HMS Bangor arriving in Glasgow 2007,a sandown class minesweeper.

For more information click HERE

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Loch Long and the Cobbler

The Waverley depating the pier at Arrochar,the Post card has no date on it, but I presume its the early 50s



Loch Long from Arrochar,the old paddle steamers would bring the city dwellers to view the highland splendour and climb Ben Arthur although its better known as The Cobbler. [ 2891ft]
The paddle steamers finally stopped visiting in the early 1950s.

The pier has since fell into a state of disrepair,although at present there is study being made by Strathclyde Transport Executive to see if it would be viable to build a new pier to help with tourism in the area.So perhaps we may see the Waverley call at Arrochar again.


The famous poets Coleridge and Wordsworth visited the area in 1803 ,not sure if they wrote anything about the hills though.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Dea Ocean / Vos Ocean






Dea Ocean arriving at James Watt Dock ,when she emerged from the dry dock she had a new livery and a new name ,Vos Ocean ,her funnel markings have been changed to that of Vroon Offshore Services.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Matthew






Matthew at the Glasgow River Festival 2006.

This is a replica of the original built 500 years ago.
John Cabbot was a famous 15th century explorer,credited for discovering North America.
Matthew is based in Bristol.


click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Lord of the Glens



Built in 1988 she was originally a Greek cruiser,she was lengthened in 2000.She is able to accommodate 54 passengers .Normally opperates from Oban ,but appears to have added the Clyde to her schedule.

Castle Toward


As you pass Toward Lighthouse on the way to Rothesay by ferry,you will see this large mansion house,it was built in 1832 by the famous Glasgow architect David Hamilton.
Built for the Glasgow lord Provost Kirkman Finlay,its now an out door activity centre.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Tistedal








Tistedal preparing to berth at the container terminal at Greenock.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Mornes


On the 11 March 2009,the Mornes was involved in an accident at Hunterson on the Clyde,her bow being damaged she made her way to King George V dock in Glasgow for repairs.

You can read the official MAIB report HERE

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Aberdovey




Aberdovey is a former MOD fleet tender,seen here in the Gareloch.

She was built in 1963 by Isaac Pimblott & Sons at the Weaver Shipyard at Northwich.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Navy/Rescue 177 Helicopter



The navy rescue helicopter was called out at lunchtime on the 12th of April when a small pleasure craft was reported to be on fire in the Largs Channel.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Canopus J







Canopus J heading down river with a load of empty containers.

You can see photographs of her arriving at Greenock container terminal HERE