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by davidwat
Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Parrot awarded Freeman of Eriskay
Replies: 12
Views: 664

Re: Parrot awarded Freeman of Eriskay

Now, now, George, enough of your halucinations--------some of us have been there, remember, and have seen the weed-----the Am Politician was in hiding-----and the beautiful way oot north looked good!
by davidwat
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: MAYDAY
Topic: Incident involving MV Hebrides
Replies: 1
Views: 1381

Re: Incident involving MV Hebrides

Calmac's (and their predecessors) safety record in this respect over some 160 years of operation is almost unbelievable, given the inherent risks involved. This incident will be only the second fatality recorded in all those years, and drink was involved in the first.
by davidwat
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:11 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: JEANIE DEANS
Replies: 7
Views: 1172

Re: JEANIE DEANS

One of the Clan McLean class.
by davidwat
Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TORCH 1924
Replies: 10
Views: 1189

Re: TORCH 1924

Not quite right, Angus. My father was Master of Works for the CLT from 1947/1963. Before that Assistant MoW from 1936. The Chief Engineer at that time was a chap called Davie Shaw, and the Master was Capt Donald MacNeil from Lewis, as were a lot of the men who worked on her in those days. However yo...
by davidwat
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Clydesite
Replies: 8
Views: 918

Re: Clydesite

Yes, Tom, I was posting some more pics and it collapsed on me.
by davidwat
Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: More Clansman woes
Replies: 21
Views: 2239

Re: More Clansman woes

We, the people, may very easily see where savings might be made, but no government is going to acknowledge that this is the case, and I'm afraid that any extra spending on island lifeline services will be way down the priority list for a while to come. I did indeed pass through your island of wind a...
by davidwat
Wed Aug 04, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: More Clansman woes
Replies: 21
Views: 2239

Re: More Clansman woes

Hi Donald, I appreciate the problems that islanders have when a breakdown occurs on one of the bigger units, but the cost implications of what you suggest are huge. In the last 15 or so years the government subsidy to Calmac has risen from £6m to approx £100m. As we enter a period of big cutbacks in...
by davidwat
Sun Aug 01, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clan Ranald
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: Clan Ranald

When I was with Clan Line, matey, there weren't any leckies; the 3rd Engineer did what was necessary. They hadn't invented blackouts in those days. Hee hee hee.
by davidwat
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:44 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: Clan Line
Replies: 10
Views: 3678

Re: Clan Line

Magoonigal wrote:HCL Harrisons (Clyde) Limited???????

Yes, Paul. They were 5 years old then, and had just bought Monarch Steamship Co.
by davidwat
Sun Aug 01, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: Clan Line
Replies: 10
Views: 3678

Re: Clan Line

Yes, I had, Peter!!!!
by davidwat
Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: Clan Line
Replies: 10
Views: 3678

Re: Clan Line

Clan Stewart was my last ship in Clan Line. Left her as Cadet Dec 1960, got 2nd Mates, and joined HCL as 2nd Mate in May 1961. Never sailed as 3rd Mate---------just had to learn fast!
by davidwat
Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: YACHTING
Topic: NAHLIN
Replies: 19
Views: 3219

Re: NAHLIN

I remember my father telling me her story. She was built for a Lady Yule (one of three yachts!), and was chartered by King Edward V111 when he was cavorting with Mrs Simpson, who sailed on the yacht with him. Their public displays on board so outraged Lady Yule's code of morality that she never set ...
by davidwat
Fri Jul 30, 2010 10:15 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: SEAROSE G
Replies: 3
Views: 623

Re: SEAROSE G

I think this is what they call the "axe" bow, Francis. Some naval architect somewhere, I think Korea, supposes it has revolutionary waterline benefits.
by davidwat
Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: ARCADIA
Replies: 28
Views: 3533

Re: ARCADIA

Paul, I think there are about 6 of this class already constructed. For modern cruise liners they are not bad looking.
by davidwat
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: Celebrity Century
Replies: 3
Views: 370

Re: Celebrity Century

Will be on her again in \october for another Transatlantic. A fine ship.
by davidwat
Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:44 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: 'Sapphire Princess' strikes whale - Alaska
Replies: 3
Views: 458

Re: 'Sapphire Princess' strikes whale - Alaska

There will be a lot of blubbering about that, then, amongst the animal lovers. Stop cruising in whale country.
by davidwat
Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. Clansman
Replies: 11
Views: 2041

Re: M.V. Clansman

When on my west coast trip, I was told that originally they hoped to have her back in service on the 25th,and the manufacturers decided to replace the (new) crankshaft, but in doing so it got scored, something to do with a bearing, and they are looking for another crankshaft. I was told this on 17th...
by davidwat
Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: READ ME FIRST
Topic: Welcome
Replies: 36
Views: 29108

Re: Welcome

Very glad to see this new site up and running, and congrats to all those clever folk that have got it together so quickly. I was on my west coast trip when all the excitement happened, and what with that, and getting a new laptop, it is onlu today i found the site, thanks to Bruce's info. Best wishe...

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