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Monday, 31 January 2011

Rothesay Bay

A post card showing Rothesay Bay,the picture was probably taken during the 30s and 40s

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Admiral Day

Dredging of the River Kelvin which runs into the Clyde.
The river is being dredged for the first time since 1974,once dredged a new slipway will be built beside the new transport museum and a new ferry will operate between Govan and the museum.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Ardrossan Harbouur

A post card of Ardrossan Harbour dated 1908,the ship in the picture was named Rothesay she was built in 1891.

On the 05/03/1916 she was captured and torpedoed by U.32 while 30 miles SW of Bishop Rock on passage Sevilla for Troon with iron ore.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Monday, 10 January 2011

Carrick Castle

Carrick Castle is a 15th-century tower house on the west shore of Loch Goil, Argyll.

The present ruin is possibly the third occupant of this location. The first may have been a Viking fort. The second structure, and first castle, is believed to have been built in the 12th century. Allegedly a hunting seat of the Scots kings, Carrick was originally a Lamont stronghold. In 1368 it then passed on to the Campbell Earls of Argyll.

In the spring of 1307, Robert the Bruce drove Henry Percy from the Castle before conducting a guerrilla war against Edward I of England. Edward had given the castle, which belonged to Robert, to Percy.

The third structure, the late 15th century castle, was a royal stronghold, held by the Earls of Argyll as hereditary keepers, and was the symbol and source of their power in South Argyll. It was one of their three chief castles, the other two being Duart and Fincharn.

Mary, Queen of Scots, visited here in 1563.

In 1685, during the rebellion of Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll, against King James VII, HMS Kingfisher bombarded the castle, badly damaging the keep, which lost its roof.

The castle was intermittently occupied until it was sold to the Murrays, the Earls of Dunmore.

The keep was a ruin for many years but is now in private ownership and undergoing restoration.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Western ferry

Making her way across the Clyde on a cold sunny winters day,the low winter light illuminates the hills and valleys of the Holy Loch.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Firth of Clyde

Ailsa Craig

The bottom photograph shows the small keep which stands about 61 meters up the eastern side. The castle has three storeys and was built by the Hamilton family in the late 1500's, after Philip of Spain tried to capture the island for himself.