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Wednesday 31 December 2008

Werder Bremen

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


The only town on the Isle of Cumbrae,Millport.
A charming little town which has changed very little over the past hundred years,it can be incredibly busy during the summer months,I took this picture on a cold December day.

M-04 Imanta.

M-04 Dutch minesweeper Imanta,seen on the clyde during a NATO exercise.

Friday 26 December 2008

Harvest Caroline

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

MV KUNGSHOLM departing New York

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.

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Warrior 111

The Svitzer Tug Warrior 111 on her way up river to Glasgow

Wednesday 24 December 2008

USS Boone 28 /USS The Sullivans 68

Three war ships in the Gare Loch preparing for a NATO exercise on the 17 June 2006.

From left to right. A615, Loire (French)
FFG 28 USS Boone
DDG 68 USS The Sullivans

Tuesday 23 December 2008


The rocky shore of Dunure on the Ayrshire coast.

Dolfijn Dutch Submarine

Seen on the Clyde April 2008 during a NATO exercise, One of the Dutch Walrus class boats.

Monday 22 December 2008

Arklow Rogue

Arklow Rougue winding her way up the narrow confines of the River Clyde,I filmed this from what was the site of John Browns shipyard ,never fails to amaze me that the Queens all sailed from here.

Sunday 21 December 2008

Svitzer Mallaig / James Watt Dock

Svitzer Mallaig heads for home after completing another job on the Clyde.

Saturday 20 December 2008


passing Fort George

The tanker Vale photographed at The tail of the Bank on the 20 Dec 08.

Vale IMO 9340350 8539gt Built 2007 Chemical Tanker Flag Singapore

Friday 19 December 2008


MV Jupiter on her way to Dunoon on a cold winters day.

Thursday 18 December 2008

Beaver Bay

Beaver Bay a Clyde Marine tug heading up river to Glasgow.

Wednesday 17 December 2008


A post card which is on sale in New York to commemorate the World Trade Centre .

The cruise ship pictured was at the time named Albartros,but was better known as Sylvania built at John Browns Clydebank in 1957.

Tuesday 16 December 2008

Millport Monument

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."

Monday 15 December 2008

Sten Embla

Sten Embla making her way down river after a visit to Rothesey dock.

Saturday 13 December 2008

HMS Mersey

HMS Mersey on a visit to Glasgow on the 12 DEC 08. Click HERE for more photographs of her