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Thursday, 30 October 2008
The third Fife Regatta took place on the Clyde in June and photographer Marc Turner was there.
The event was a celebration of the designs of WM. Fife and Sons who designed and built classic sailing yachts at their yard in Fairlie around the turn of the century .
Marc has produced a calendar of some of the best shots he took that week. It has been designed in a simple and elegant manner ,sympathetic to the timelessly elegant lines of these classic yachts .
More information is available Here
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Looking across the river from Erskine to Clydebank,the shipyards have gone,now a college stands on the place were men built the most famous ships in the world. Only the famous Clydebank Titan crane remains to remind the younger generation of their fathers proud feats of engineering.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
Monday, 27 October 2008
The Viper was built at the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co's yard in Govan in 1906 and was 315 feet in length. She had three steam turbines powering the triple screws, making her one of the company's fastest ships with a top speed of 22 knots. The steamer worked the Ardrossan-Belfast route from 1906 to 1914.
The ship served as a troop carrier in the English Channel during the First World War but returned to operation on her pre-war route in 1919. However the unrest in Ireland resulted in the decline in passenger traffic with Scotland and Viper was sold to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co in 1920 and renamed Snaefell.
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
Friday, 24 October 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Norna passing the Gantocks.
The Gantocks is a small cluster of rocks which lies at the mouth of West Bay, south of Dunoon in the Firth of Clyde, and is marked by an illuminated beacon which was built c. 1886. The beacon is partnered by the Cloch Lighthouse located on Cloch Point to the east, and the two were deliberately designed to have significantly different characters to avoid confusion. The character of a lighthouse or beacon describes the colour of the light, and the timing of its light and dark periods.
The Gantocks beacon tower has a height of 44 feet, with the focal plane of the light at 39 feet. The light is red, and flashes once every 6 seconds, with a range 6 nautical miles.
Courtesey of secretscotland.org.uk
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Friday, 17 October 2008
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
The French minehunter Cephee seen at Faslane june 2006.
A joint venture of the Navies of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands, the Tripartite class of minehunters were conceived in the 1970s and built in the 1980s. France built the mine-hunting equipment, Belgium provided the electronics, and the Netherlands constructed the propulsion train. France and the Netherlands originally bought 15, with Belgium buying 10. All three countries' Tripartite ships contribute to NATO as part of MCMFORNORTH, or Mine Counter Measures Force North ("North" to distinguish itself from the Mediterraean minehunting fleet). Very expensive to repair, and operate.