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by davidwat
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:02 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: 04-02-2014 : At Troon Harbour : FOB SWATH 1
Replies: 4
Views: 861

Re: fob swath 1 for troon ?

Am sure that was her I saw this morning just after 1100 passing Gourock inbound, no doubt heading for civilisation and the fleshpots of Greenock.
by davidwat
Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: The Train of Life
Replies: 11
Views: 1045

Re: The Train of Life

Sorry to hear you've been unwell, Angus, but good to know you are getting over it. Sunshine is what you need. Get Frances out to Malta pronto or start taking her on some nice cruises on those modern monstrosities in the sunshine . Can't beat it.
by davidwat
Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Heads Up: Ben-my-Chree
Replies: 7
Views: 1877

Re: Heads Up: Ben-my-Chree

And there was, of course, the 2 summers of 1994/95 when Claymore ran a joint service for IOMSPC and Calmac from Ardrossan to the Isla of Man during the TT races. A young man who was 2nd Mate on those runs is now one of the permanent Masters on Ben-my -Chree.
by davidwat
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: TRI-ELLIS 1958: Harland and Wolff, Govan
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: TRI-ELLIS 1958: Harland and Wolff, Govan

We used to see this pair regularly when on the Phosphate runs in the 60's. Fine looking ships with a lot of passenger accommodation which was used for BPC officials and their families going to and from the islands. Now all gone, of course.
by davidwat
Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Allan,

There is a bunkering barge in Cape Town which we used when I was down there last March joining MSC Opera. So she may not have to move. Am doing the same cruise in April, with one or two different ports en route and ending in Southampton. I just hope they have changed the cook!!!
by davidwat
Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:25 pm
Forum: The War at Sea
Topic: Convoy PQ 17 and BBC 2 tonight
Replies: 11
Views: 2272

Re: Convoy PQ 17 and BBC 2 tonight

Hi Angus, I quite agree with your views on Jeremy Clarkson, and I also agree that he did a surprisingly good job with this issue. As far as I know he has nothing maritime in his background so he probably didn't have any bias to bring to the subject. Credit where credit is due, he handled it pretty w...
by davidwat
Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: HAPPY NEWYEAR
Replies: 4
Views: 699

Re: HAPPY NEWYEAR

And to you, Henk. Keep posting.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Global magnetic variation is known and forecast exactly. Chart errors are extremely rare thanks to the expertise and professionalism of the RN officers tasked with the job of charting most of the world over the past 400 years or so. Therefore any misguided amateur who dips his toes into the murky wa...
by davidwat
Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: Merry Christmas

Stuart,

Glad to hear that your health seems to be on the up, and will keep fingers crossed for your Dad. Best wishes for Xmas and the New Year.
by davidwat
Mon Dec 23, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 3945

Re: Merry Christmas

With best wishes to all at Clyde Maritime for a Merry Xmas and a happy and peaceful New Year.
by davidwat
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Hey, we Retirees cannae afford heavies any longer. We jist shake oor walking sticks at each ither in frustration!
by davidwat
Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Gawd!! Same speed as the BeePee tinkerships!
by davidwat
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Britain and the Sea on TV tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Re: Britain and the Sea on TV tonight

Excellent programme, beautifully understated as usual. Wasn't he blessed with the weather!
by davidwat
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: VENNACHAR 1965: John Brown, Clydebank
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: VENNACHAR 1965: John Brown, Clydebank

I was 2nd Mate, Mate, and Master on her. Her sistership British Monarch was given a red hull, but Iain Harrison later adopted the Vennachar blue for all his owned vessels hulls, Including Stirling Shipping. The cargo gear was retrofitted in Oslo in 1968; the company deciding that the prospects of ob...
by davidwat
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:11 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Thanks for that, Allan. I couldn't see any logical reason for doing it. It will add to their shipping costs quite considerably as it must add on up to a weeks extra steaming.
by davidwat
Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 102223

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

I wonder why she is going out via Norfolk, Virginia? Seems a long way for a short cut?
by davidwat
Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:32 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: BAE SYSTEMS GOVAN
Replies: 3
Views: 1126

Re: BAE SYSTEMS GOVAN

And as the site is owned by Clydeport I can see loads of new skyscrapers being planned by them as we speak!
by davidwat
Tue Oct 22, 2013 1:36 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: SHROPSHIRE
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: SHROPSHIRE

That used to be a Bibby name, I wonder if they still own her. The colours are right. When Harrisons(Clyde) Ltd sold Verdala to Bibby's they renamed her Shropshire. And when she swapped back to Harrisons they renamed her Verdala.
by davidwat
Sat Oct 19, 2013 1:53 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Re: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.

Thanks for that, Paul. Mind you I can just see Angus perched up there telling the Captain, " here you, left hand down a bit".
by davidwat
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.
Replies: 5
Views: 1048

Re: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.

Haven't seen any of them with that contraption round the conning tower before. Is it a portable bridge perhaps, or more likely an injunoors viewing platform?!!
by davidwat
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:50 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: VICTORY
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: VICTORY

It's a possibility Daniel, but I think unlikely. It is usually one of the many constituent parts of a crane that fail, and not the complete unit. In my experience we usually carried spare parts for the majority of things that might fail, but there was never a problem with the complete unit. It may b...
by davidwat
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: VICTORY
Replies: 4
Views: 571

Re: VICTORY

Interesting--------she's lost one of her cranes! I wonder if there is a story there?
by davidwat
Wed Oct 02, 2013 9:30 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipbuilders
Topic: New Postage Stamps
Replies: 11
Views: 2298

Re: New Postage Stamps

Got to keep the standards up, Angus. We could never have a rusty old ile barge next to Her Majesty!
by davidwat
Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: British Monarch SS 1922 - Napier & Miller Ltd
Replies: 7
Views: 647

Re: British Monarch SS 1922 - Napier & Miller Ltd

Sunk with all hands on 19th June 1940, while carrying an ore cargo from North Africa to the UK.
by davidwat
Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Troon Harbour
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: Troon Harbour

Been there, Angus, done it, got the T shirt. It was called Clan Line!
by davidwat
Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Troon Harbour
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: Troon Harbour

Colin,

I understood from onboard announcements that there was an outside space, but I can't say I saw it. Personnally I don't see much point in going outside when you have a 40 knot ship generated gale blowing!
by davidwat
Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Troon Harbour
Replies: 14
Views: 988

Re: Troon Harbour

I had occasion to visit the dark town of Troon last Wednesday, having decided to take a day trip with P&O across to Larne. Fortunately, I had my passport with me so did not suffer any difficulties with the Immigration authorities. (I always carry it when I visit any of these less civilised areas of ...
by davidwat
Fri Jul 05, 2013 10:18 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: SIMANDOU 1963: Scotts' Greenock
Replies: 2
Views: 218

Re: SIMANDOU 1963: Scotts' Greenock

Hi Paul, I have related previously that Harrisons(Clyde)Ltd were the first crew and technical managers for Simandou, and there were many stories to come out of that relationship. One of them occurred when a Guinean seaman (and they didn't know very much) had an accident when lowering a derrick; he m...
by davidwat
Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: GENEALOGY / RESEARCH
Topic: SS Zealand
Replies: 21
Views: 8908

Re: SS Zealand

These are what we call Kingposts. In this pic they are being used both as ventilators and for cargo work with derricks attatched.
by davidwat
Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:59 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Finlaggan
Replies: 2
Views: 1590

Re: Finlaggan

Jim,

On Isle of Lewis (1995), the main hull thickness was down to 8mm, from Isle of Mull (1984) 11mm. Heaven knows what it is today!!
by davidwat
Tue May 28, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: EUROPA 2
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: EUROPA 2

Interesting to see where they have positioned the lifeboats. 2 or 3 decks higher than normal in cruiseships, and towards the aft end, instead of amidships. They obviously have a theory for it, but it would not have been the position I would have chosen. No doubt finance comes into it somewhere down ...
by davidwat
Tue May 14, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Arnott Young Query
Replies: 8
Views: 2160

Re: Arnott Young Query

Don't know about the port holes, but my mother was presented with her marine clock which hung in the dining saloon. It now hangs on the wall in my lounge, and still works.
by davidwat
Mon May 13, 2013 10:09 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Arnott Young Query
Replies: 8
Views: 2160

Re: Arnott Young Query

The sunken vessel is the Torch, the retired lighthouse tender for the Clyde Lighthouses Trust. She developed a leak and sank while waiting to be broken up. A sad end to a fine wee ship.
by davidwat
Thu May 09, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Cargo ship UFA damaged after crashing into Ayr west pier
Replies: 3
Views: 925

Re: Cargo ship UFA damaged after crashing into Ayr west pier

Saw her coming up off Gourock this morning. Looked as though she was still fully loaded.
by davidwat
Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:58 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clyde History
Replies: 4
Views: 1098

Re: Clyde History

Thanks for posting these histories. My father gets a quick mention in the second paragraph of the history of Clyde Lighthouses.
by davidwat
Mon Apr 15, 2013 8:18 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: New Ferry Service
Replies: 2
Views: 743

Re: New Ferry Service

This was something we suggested to Calmac in 1994 when Claymore was doing the Isle of Man run in the summer. But we suggested it should be a triangle run; Ardrossan/Campbeltown/Red Bay, which we felt would encourage more vehicular traffic. Politics being what it was in those days Calmac turned it do...
by davidwat
Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: PC Clyde Hover Ferries
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: PC Clyde Hover Ferries

Gerry,
The beach at Largs, perhaps?
by davidwat
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Water for Life
Replies: 7
Views: 727

Re: Water for Life

So the last one would be another disaster movie, eh???
by davidwat
Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Happy New Year.
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Happy New Year.

Best wishes to all in 2013. May it bring peace and happiness to everyone.
by davidwat
Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:33 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Granny Kempock
Replies: 2
Views: 1955

Re: Granny Kempock

Very famous locally as the boat that almost made it to the World Cup Finals in Argentina in 1978! The owner and a few of his trusty freens decided to follow their Scottish heroes and duly set out from Gourock. They had thoughtfully planned to store up for the voyage in Rothesay, and made their way a...
by davidwat
Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Seasons Greetings.
Replies: 8
Views: 855

Re: Seasons Greetings.

A Merry Xmas to all on Clydemaritime; keep up with the good work.
by davidwat
Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:04 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Glan Graham SV 1893 - Russell & Co
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Glan Graham SV 1893 - Russell & Co

I wonder where they put the 2 red bands??
by davidwat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:58 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Makrana
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Makrana

You're right, of course, George; it should have been Seacombe. It's the eyes you know. I keep eating all these bluidy carrots and they don't make a blind bit of difference! Anyway, I'm looking forward to the trip. Liverpool/Birkenhead was always a favourite haunt. I remember going with the Chippy an...
by davidwat
Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Makrana
Replies: 6
Views: 260

Re: Makrana

In 1960 on Scottish Hawk, we discharged at the Eastham oil terminal, and I remember the pub very well. Had a couple of good nights in there. On Oct 5th I am having a trip down memory lane. Going by coach to Manchester then the next day travelling to Seaforth and sailing from there on one of the Mers...
by davidwat
Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Bulker at Greenock
Replies: 15
Views: 4447

Re: Bulker at Greenock

Can't see it being non payment of Port Dues, as she would not have received Clearance to sail. But it probably is non payment for goods or repairs due to a third party. When I joined Iran Vahdat in Immingham in 1985 she was under arrest for non payment from a previous voyage, The Iranians had this q...
by davidwat
Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: The ultimate Clan?
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: The ultimate Clan?

Wouldn't have thought so. That hull design looks like an adaption of the last reefer class, the "R" class built for UC but given Clan names.
by davidwat
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:17 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Inbound: Granuaile
Replies: 12
Views: 2591

Re: Inbound: Granuaile

The latest Torch may not have the necessary certification to allow her out as far as Ardrossan, hence Clydeport would probably request another authority to do it on their behalf.
by davidwat
Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Ships from Skelmorlie
Replies: 126
Views: 47345

Re: Ships from Skelmorlie

There are more and more rules and regs coming into force, internationally, regarding the safety of loaded tankers approaching rivers and ports, and the number of tugs required. Having said that, it is also up to the local harbour authorities to apply their own by laws depending on the circumstances ...
by davidwat
Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Clan MaCaulay SS 1936 - Greenock Dockyard Co
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: Clan MaCaulay SS 1936 - Greenock Dockyard Co

That pic of Paul Strathdee's illustrates exactly how the Macauley was known throughout the fleet. Whenever you saw a huge plume of smoke appearing over the horizon, the engineers would say " That's Clan Macauley!" For some reason she always had a problem with combustion which was never resolved, and...
by davidwat
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Haverton Hill built OBOs
Replies: 9
Views: 1922

Re: Haverton Hill built OBOs

I never liked ships that didn't have a proper forecastlehead. It just gave you that bit of added protection in severe weather,

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