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Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Werder Bremen approaching the tail of the bank on a rather stormy day March 2008.
She is painted in the colours of the football team of the same name,the German company
BELUGA SHIPPING sponsors the team.
On March of 2000 she was involved in a an accident which resulted in the death of 5 seamen. You can read the full report HERE.
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
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Friday, 26 December 2008
Harvest Caroline after leaving James Watt Dock after a winter refit on the 8 Feb 2008
She normally opperates in the North of Scotland.
She was involed in a bit of a drama in Oct 2006,below is the BBC Scotland report.
The Harvest Caroline had to be towed from rocks after foundering off Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles last October.
MAIB investigators said the anchorage position and length of anchor cable for the boat had been "insufficient".
The dragging of the anchor was not detected because the person nominated to be on watch was in bed.
The MAIB report also said the fish farm supply vessel's manager had "very little experience".
To prevent a similar accident in the future, the report said the manager had revised instructions regarding manning of the bridge while the boat is at anchor.
Safety on board has also been reviewed.
The Harvest Caroline dragged its anchors after suffering engine failure.
A Danish warship taking part in a military exercise just outside Stornoway was among the vessels that responded to the Harvest Caroline's pan-pan, or urgency signal.
The vessel was carrying 60 tonnes of fish feed.
You can read the full MAIB report HERE which includes damage photographs.
Thursday, 25 December 2008
A product of the John Brown and Company yard at Clydebank (number 728), the 27,670 gt KUNGSHOLM's keel was laid down in 1964. In April of the following year, she was launched, and in April of 1966, she entered Swedish American Line transatlantic and cruise service.
The fourth SAL ship to carry the name, KUNGSHOLM was named for the Kungsholmen (Kings Isle) sector of Stockholm where the City Hall is located. The twin screw 660 by 87 foot liner was built with two Gotaverken direct drive, slow speed diesels capable of 25,200 BHP for a service speed of 21 knots. On transatlantic voyages, her capacity was divided among 108 in first and 605 in tourist class with 37 interchangeable berths. However, for cruising, she carried a mere 450 passengers in one class. Her crew numbered 450.
Within her strikingly modern yet aestheticlly magnificent hull were many features that raised the bar for luxury, comfort, and safety. The fully air conditioned, stabilized KUNGSHOLM was the first SAL liner with a bulbous forefoot, sported twin five-bladed bronze and nickel screws (the first to utilize this alloy), and push-button controls of all essential safety and navigation equipment, including watertight doors.
Her 62 foot radio mast was telescopic, the top half of which could be hydraulically lowered to allow passage underneath low bridges. Her four tenders had two-way telephone links with the bridge and most of her lifeboats featured motor-powered two-way radio equipment. The ship also had shallow and deep water echo sounders and no less than three separate telegraphs to communicate with the engine room.
Information courtesy of
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
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Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Tomont End at the north point of the Island is a monument which was erected for two midshipmen from HMS Shearwater who drowned nearby .
The inscription on the monument is very difficult to read due to weathering,but local historians tell us that the inscription reads.
"To the Memory of Mr. Charles D. Cayley,
aged 17 years
Mr. William N. Jewall,
aged 19 years,
Midshipmen of H.M.S. 'Shearwater'.
Promising young officers,
drowned in the upsetting of their boat near this place,
17 May, 1844.
This Monument is erected in token of their worth by:
Captain Robinson and Officers of the above named vessel."