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by Al Black
Thu May 26, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: New Gourock-Dunoon Ferry
Replies: 11
Views: 2804

Re: New Gourock-Dunoon Ferry

BBS News website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-13551733 is carrying this story this morning. Looks like they will be having to conduct a quick search for a suitable vessel if the service is to start June 30th - or do they already have one available? Does anyone know? I'll guess...
by Al Black
Thu May 26, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: End of an old route
Replies: 0
Views: 556

End of an old route

by Al Black
Thu May 12, 2011 6:15 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: class 303s
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Re: class 303s

Image

That's how I remember the interior! :D
by Al Black
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: At Troon Harbour - today
Replies: 18
Views: 2111

Re: At Troon Harbour - today

I'm planning to take her up to Acarsaid Mhor (amongst other places) in a couple of months, so a list of places to avoid would be useful. You know, dens of iniquity, red light districts, sailors' bars etc. I'm told it's a wild place, so I am preparing for the worst. A good choice of anchorage, Iain!...
by Al Black
Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Ishbel Mac Askill
Replies: 3
Views: 811

Ishbel Mac Askill

Sad to hear the news that Ishbel Mac Askill has passed away, a sad loss. Ishbel was such a cheery soul and she had the purest voice you could ever hope to hear. Here's a video of her singing Tuireadh Iain Ruadh Ishbel on Youtube And appropriate for today, An ataraireachd àrd (the high surge of the s...
by Al Black
Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:01 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: We've Always Done It That Way!
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: We've Always Done It That Way!

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while...
by Al Black
Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: RAIL
Topic: class 380's out and about
Replies: 7
Views: 1017

Re: class 380's out and about

It is reported that the class 380's are running Monday to Friday on the Inverclyde route. 0605 Glas Cent to Wemyss Bay. 0713 Wemyss Bay to Glas Cent. 0735 Glas Cent to Gourock. 0836 Gourock to Glas Cent. Intended to ease congestion on these busy early morning services TE Could do with it leaving Gl...
by Al Black
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:54 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: JUPITER on the move
Replies: 8
Views: 1818

Re: JUPITER on the move

JunoJupiterSaturn wrote:Great photos, but I noticed her merchant flag isn't on her mast, is this normal?
If only out on an unofficial shakedown, therefore not in service, no need to fly ensign (as far as I'm aware).
by Al Black
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:53 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: JUPITER on the move
Replies: 8
Views: 1818

Re: JUPITER on the move

An interested buyer maybe? A few other possibilities: (a) Saturn due an overhaul soon? (b) CalMac Ferries win tender for Gourock Dunoon, Saturn goes to be extra boat on Brodick run as in previous years, Jupiter only tonnage available to run route? (c) Jupiter being checked over to see which parts n...
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: RAIL
Topic: New trains
Replies: 2
Views: 712

New trains

Last summer there was a blaze of publicity about the new class of train running on the Gourock, Wemyss Bay and Ayr lines, there was some testing which identified a few issues then all went quiet.

Does anyone know when we're going to get the shiny new trains?

Al.
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Cormorant at Hull
Replies: 4
Views: 533

Re: Cormorant at Hull

yorkieman wrote:A fine specimen who was unfazed by my standing just a few feet from him on Alexandra Dock, Hull yesterday.
CORMORANTALEXDOCK270211.jpg
Question to the ornithologists among us: how much quiff does a cormorant need before becoming a shag?
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:35 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: On the Road Again
Replies: 8
Views: 950

Re: On the Road Again

yorkieman wrote:I think he might be Gay the Magic Dragon now, Paul ... doesn't sound the same, does it :D
I thought that Puff was drug related rather than referring to sexual orientation?

Was Jackie Paper some kind of slang for cigarette papers used for making joints?
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Brown Coal.
Replies: 8
Views: 892

Re: Brown Coal.

Hi Stuart, having read all of it (can I claim a medal please?), there are a few things which triggered thoughts. Firstly, stoichiometry! This gave me a headache 30 years ago when I was sitting my O Grades and Highers, may I claim an exemption on trying to relearn the concepts? Secondly (and this is ...
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:11 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ERSKINE BRIDGE
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

Re: ERSKINE BRIDGE

Tugster Ecosse wrote:Fog clearing as the sun came out yesterday morning at the Erskine Bridge.
Erskine Bridge.jpg

So, it was YOU sailing up past Bowling while I was scooting up the M8!

I may even be one of the little tin boxes on the bridge in the photo!

:)
by Al Black
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley
Replies: 9
Views: 1569

Re: Waverley

Not sure that I would even like to try to lift it now SC Watch you don't give yourself a hernia! :lol: You know what I mean - how's your lighthoose? Absolutely brilliant (if you'll pardon the pun)! Absolutely loving being kind of rural but only a short hop from the bright lights of the sprawling me...
by Al Black
Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley
Replies: 9
Views: 1569

Re: Waverley

SCameron wrote:Not sure that I would even like to try to lift it now

SC
Watch you don't give yourself a hernia! :lol:
by Al Black
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:25 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Western Ferries awaits £3m tax ruling in March: a puzzle.
Replies: 8
Views: 1731

Western Ferries awaits £3m tax ruling in March: a puzzle.

From The Herald: http://www.heraldscotland.com/business/corporate-sme/western-ferries-awaits-3m-tax-ruling-in-march-1.1079919 Just seeking clarification here on a point which puzzles me. There are two sentences in the report which to my mind contradict each other: Firstly, the oft quoted one about p...
by Al Black
Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Jolomo OBE
Replies: 9
Views: 1058

Re: Jolomo OBE

I know that I'm probably going to be accused of heresy here (so what's new?), but am I the only person who just doesn't get Jolomo's work? I struggle to see the attraction in it, let alone the supposed genius of the artist. I'd sooner have an original of John Nicolson (which I don't have) or Tom Liv...
by Al Black
Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:52 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Icy Goole
Replies: 9
Views: 1076

Re: Icy Goole

Patrick Hill wrote:Three George - see if you can spot the third one. :-)
Think I've got it, one flying, one standing on the ice and one tied up to the quay!

Al Hawkeye Black
by Al Black
Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:48 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Govan Ferry
Replies: 5
Views: 1929

Re: Govan Ferry

I noticed that the same round of procurements also includes one for the pontoons, closing date for tenders 17/12/10: Contract reference GCC002230LES Project Code project_17996 Project Title GCC002230LES FERRY PONTOONS CLYDE RIVERSIDE QUAY GOVAN & YORKHILL QUAY “Expressions of interest are invited fr...
by Al Black
Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Loading at Ayr today - M.V. Fame
Replies: 30
Views: 6688

Re: Loading at Ayr today - M.V. Fame

Impounded pending AIS being fixed?

:)
by Al Black
Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:59 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Lamont's old drydock - now filled in
Replies: 19
Views: 5702

Re: Lamont's old drydock - now filled in

I think this was same Sitka ex Skylight that lay on Adams slip at Gourock for a while. Obviously someone had done thickness checks on the hull as there was a lot of chalk circles marked. Was there a plan to preserve her? Last I heard that was the wreck in Lamonts dock was taken up to Lithgows shed ...
by Al Black
Tue Nov 09, 2010 5:18 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Greenock Liner Visits
Replies: 0
Views: 574

Greenock Liner Visits

Apologies if already posted, but here is the link to Inverclyde Now's list of visiting cruise ships for 2011:

http://www.inverclydenow.com/index.php/ ... enock-2011

Al.
by Al Black
Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Trying to identify old paddler
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Re: Trying to identify old paddler

I've been given a couple of suggestions, both of which identify Buchanan paddlers. The suggestions are Vivid (1864 - 1902) and Elaine (1867 - 1899).

Any other thoughts?

A.
by Al Black
Wed Nov 03, 2010 9:03 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Trying to identify old paddler
Replies: 2
Views: 919

Trying to identify old paddler

Hi folks, while looking at http://www.inverclyde.gov.uk/community-life-and-leisure/mclean-museum-and-art-gallery/history-gourock/old-gourock/?galleryindex=7&show=large I noticed that the text accompanying the picture describes the steamer as the SS Kintyre. Since Kintyre was a screw steamer this is ...
by Al Black
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Spooky ships
Replies: 14
Views: 1753

Re: Spooky ships

yorkieman wrote:One which did become an 'out-take' thankfully was some BBC Victorian drama series where a lady in her finery was standing on a cliff top ... while the 1950's Isle of Wight ferry merrily sailed across the view!
That was the Onedin Line too!
by Al Black
Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:01 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Visiting the Isle of Skye ? Read on !
Replies: 1
Views: 658

Re: Visiting the Isle of Skye ? Read on !

Speaking of Master Mariners, one who came from Soay (one of Skye's offshore islands) became rather well known and was remembered earlier this year during a very moving service off Point of Sleat. I refer of course to Captain John Cameron, master of 2 Waverleys. Captain Cameron commanded the 1899 Ing...
by Al Black
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:47 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: MAID OF THE LOCH (1981)
Replies: 3
Views: 868

Re: MAID OF THE LOCH (1981)

SCameron wrote:Paul,

Good pictures of her - hard to believe that in 2011 it will be 30 years since she sailed.

SC
And 18 years since the restoration started way back in May 1993!
by Al Black
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: North of the Border Sourjourn
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: North of the Border Sourjourn

Just returned to Hull after after a brief foray North to stock up on our supplies of Haggis. 8-) Intention was to stay in Moffat (where we acquire the aforementioned Haggii) - but as we had time took a little detour and ventured to Ayr. This was a non-ship-photographic trip but we both loved the se...
by Al Black
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY ON BBC
Replies: 1
Views: 631

Re: WAVERLEY ON BBC

Thanks for the heads-up on this one, Alasdair, I completely missed it on the telly! Have now watched it on iPlayer, a very well made programme. It's a pity that we had the most dismal weather for the 2 hours that the film crew were aboard, how different the footage would have been given Sunday's bri...
by Al Black
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:29 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Squinty Bridge
Replies: 7
Views: 1479

Re: Squinty Bridge

willmurray wrote:
Thunderer wrote:belter, that would make wan awesome wallpaper! well done will
Cheers Chris.
Not seen you for a while in the shop, are you still there???
Brgds,
Will
Aye, he's still there, lurking in corners and terrorising customers! :lol:
by Al Black
Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:27 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: HMS Duncan launch photos
Replies: 24
Views: 8392

Re: HMS Duncan launch photos

Aye, nae complaints about sunshine, we've still got the Waverley weekend to go! :P
by Al Black
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:37 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clyde Yards from above
Replies: 2
Views: 839

Re: Clyde Yards from above

Following the link brought me to another video, [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpO7B7ktTpI&NR=1[/youtube] I find the remarks at the end somewhat poignant, referring to Lithgow's gearing up to meet the needs of the 21st Century. I wonder if the building of Goliath 2 (800 ton deadlift) would ...
by Al Black
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: ONE BIG FAMILY
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: ONE BIG FAMILY

Well, we'll see how that stacks up against my definitive listing of Troon breakings when it comes out, but I'm afraid I can already assure you that between Ayr and Troon there would be of the order of twice as many new-builds as demolition of all these old rusty Inverclyde-built jobs ! (I'm just hp...
by Al Black
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:19 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: YACHTS
Replies: 1
Views: 788

Re: YACHTS

Alba Endeavour nearest the camera, Alba Explorer behind. Both yachts are 72 foot Challenge class yachts and took part in the Chay Blyth Round the World race a few years ago. The yachts are now used for sail training and are owned by the Ocean Youth Trust Scotland whose offices are just across the ro...
by Al Black
Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: See Ayr - 2
Replies: 12
Views: 1401

Re: See Ayr - 2

Did you know that Ayr is the oldest port on the West Coast of Scotland, as well as being one of the most ancient of the Royal Burghs of Scotland ? Trading into the port was going on as long back as the year 1120, according to records. Its first Royal Charter was granted by William the Lion (he must...
by Al Black
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Aberdovey
Replies: 2
Views: 1204

Re: Aberdovey

I think she's been there for about 10 years, maybe more.

No doubt someone can provide more accurate info.
by Al Black
Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:35 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: The Clyde swim, a wee tribute
Replies: 3
Views: 814

The Clyde swim, a wee tribute

The Cross-Clyde swim took place last Saturday, 23 swimmers entered the water at the beach next to Kilcreggan Pier, all made it to the south bank by their own efforts. The Clyde Swim has a long history and used to be swum from Kilcreggan Pier to Gourock Outdoor Swimming Pool. However, the Gourock Poo...
by Al Black
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:55 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Timberland
Replies: 5
Views: 1374

Re: Timberland

Heard they moved up to Arctic Greenock, which name is ironically a derivation from the Gaelic relating to 'sunshine' :? Funnily enough, although Greenock owes its name to the Gaelic Grianaig (sunny), An Grian Uig (the sunny bay) or An Grian Cnoc (the sunny hill), the spot occupied by the Garvel dry...
by Al Black
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: MAYDAY
Topic: Incident involving MV Hebrides
Replies: 1
Views: 2630

Incident involving MV Hebrides

Full story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-10947306 A very traumatic incident for the crew. I remember a similar incident when on Clansman a few years ago. The professionalism of the crew was exemplary, I have every confidence that Hebrides' crew responded in like fashion....
by Al Black
Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Strachur Pier
Replies: 8
Views: 2412

Re: Strachur Pier

The pictures of Strachur Pier remind me of the story of Archibald Mac Funn of Drip Farm, Strachur. Mr Mac Funn was accused of a crime by Campbell of Argyll, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead. After the execution, his wife was rowing the corpse back across the loch to Str...
by Al Black
Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: RAIL
Topic: 303021- livery No5
Replies: 2
Views: 941

Re: 303021- livery No5

The class 303 had such comfortable seating, properly sprung horsehair sofas!

No comparison with the modern inch of upholstered foam on moulded plastic, natural born bum-numbers!

Al.
by Al Black
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:48 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Fairlie Moor rocket
Replies: 5
Views: 1225

Re: Fairlie Moor rocket

Angus, they are gradually working up to one of your size (lots of extra boosters) with a range enough to reach the Outer Heb-rides. Then you can say bye-bye Calmac and CLANSMAN! It's been done, George, look for Rockets Galore by Compton Mac Kenzie! Seriously, there was an abortive attempt in the 19...
by Al Black
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:39 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Calling all PSPS Scottish Branch Members.
Replies: 5
Views: 1549

Re: Calling all PSPS Scottish Branch Members.

We'll be there, just try and stop us! :lol:
by Al Black
Thu Aug 05, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: How they used to look
Replies: 4
Views: 1184

Re: How they used to look

One word: Yuk!
by Al Black
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Dumbarton built ships
Replies: 64
Views: 34825

Re: Dumbarton built ships

yorkieman wrote:COUNTESS OF BREADALBANE 1936 y.n.1294 for Caledonian S.P.
COUNTESSOFBREADALBANE1936.jpg
Does anyone know where and when this picture was taken? Don't recognise the location or the other ship in the picture.

Many thanks,

Al.

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