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by alasdairmac
Sun Oct 04, 2015 10:11 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Waverley appears to be having a much more successful season on the Thames than she had on the South Coast. From what I can see she has completed 100% of her scheduled sailings, many of which have been fully booked in advance. Now for everyone up here to start praying to their favourite rain gods to ...
by alasdairmac
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

One can only hope so Allan. Going straight for the more sheltered waters of the Thames was a thought that I had but that of course entails a no-revenue positioning voyage all the way there and back, and if I remember rightly the cost quoted a couple of years ago for the round trip to the Queen's Jub...
by alasdairmac
Wed Sep 16, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Today's sailing is cancelled due to high winds. That's two days in a row and the latest of several on this Bristol Channel/English Channel season so far. One has to ask the question: is the Channel Coast simply too exposed for the old girl, particularly at this time of year, and are WEL right to ris...
by alasdairmac
Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:01 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Hi Gav, I see that today's sailings have been cancelled due to high winds; she's still tucked up alongside at the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton. I've not counted, but that must be quite a high cancellation percentage on this foray south so far. As you say, not good for the books. And like you I ...
by alasdairmac
Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Hope she's not having technical problems - her boiler was apparently giving her some trouble before she left for the south. However, she looks to be cruising to schedule this morning
by alasdairmac
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Looks like she's on her way back to Weymouth now. Possibly weather conditions making an entrance to her berth at Weymouth difficult? They certainly wouldn't have burned that much extra fuel just for a wee jaunt along the coast! At least she should be there in plenty of time for this evening's cruise...
by alasdairmac
Sat Sep 05, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

The old girl is tucked up in Avonmouth docks today with her sailings cancelled due to "operational reasons". Weather doesn't look too bad so guess it must be a technical fault. Not good for her piggy bank to lose one of only three days on the Bristol Channel, added to what I think was some bad publi...
by alasdairmac
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:10 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: Presentation
Replies: 1
Views: 934

Re: Presentation

Wonderful stuff

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by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:45 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MAID TO SAIL
Replies: 4
Views: 2317

Re: MAID TO SAIL

Fantastic news. Does anyone know if they plan to return her to her original colours - white hull and upper works, and yellow funnel?
by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:40 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Let's hope she has a better start to her voyages down south than she did last year. Weather for her passage down to The Mersey overnight tonight looks not too bad - she's got a tight schedule to keep, departing Liverpool for her first cruise at 09:00 tomorrow morning.
by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 31, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Fergies to get CalMac contract for 2 new ferries
Replies: 1
Views: 1470

Fergies to get CalMac contract for 2 new ferries

The on-line edition of the Herald is carrying the breaking story that Fergies have been announced as the preferred bidder for two new major units for the CalMac fleet. Great news and a just reward for Jim McColl's faith in the yard and the Clyde. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13636355.Ferguson_...
by alasdairmac
Fri Aug 21, 2015 8:28 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ANGUS.
Replies: 15
Views: 7462

Re: ANGUS.

What a great photo that is of him as a wee boy - wearing his dad's cap on his dad's ship perhaps? When I saw it this morning the first thing that struck me was how recognisable he was then, with that great big mischievous smile, as the Angus that we knew so much later in his life. Sent from my iPad ...
by alasdairmac
Fri Aug 21, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ANGUS.
Replies: 15
Views: 7462

Re: ANGUS.

Didn't spot you Stuart and I had to rush off to get back east so didn't make it to the hotel. It was a lovely service and such well earned tributes were paid to one of life's true gentlemen. Sorry Brian, I wouldn't have recognised you but it would have been nice to meet up. Sent from my iPad using T...
by alasdairmac
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Sad sad news.
Replies: 17
Views: 8660

Re: Sad sad news.

The cover of the Order of Service for Angus' Requiem Mass this morning at his Parish Church in Troon. His coffin will be laid to rest on his beloved Isle of Eriskay on Monday. Rest in Peace my friend.
by alasdairmac
Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:32 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2015
Replies: 120
Views: 38719

Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Boarded her at Largs and was told it had been some sort of boiler problem - a big puff of white smoke (or steam?) from her lum and she came to a dead stop. There was a suggestion that she might have to return to Greenock and abandon the cruise. However, they clearly did a quick and good job of fixin...
by alasdairmac
Sat Aug 15, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Sad sad news.
Replies: 17
Views: 8660

Re: Sad sad news.

What terrible news Ronnie. We knew it was coming but when it does happen the shock is no easier to take. Apart from simply being one of the most genuine and welcoming men I've ever had the privilege to know, Angus was a real expert on everything to do with his beloved ships and the Clyde; he will be...
by alasdairmac
Fri Aug 14, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: HMS GLEANOR-Rhu Narrows
Replies: 1
Views: 1282

Re: HMS GLEANOR-Rhu Narrows

Defence cut-backs must be worse that i thought if they can't afford new glass for that window and have to board it up instead [WINKING FACE]


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by alasdairmac
Sun Aug 09, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: AIRCRAFT
Topic: DORNIER 228 (PH-CGN)
Replies: 3
Views: 3178

Re: PH-CGN

Hi Henk. It's a Dornier 228


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by alasdairmac
Fri Jul 24, 2015 3:54 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?
Replies: 7
Views: 4761

Re: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?

Thanks David. I think from what I've heard so far that McColl would take a cautious approach to this and so would probably initially only need section fabrication halls prior to ship assembly in the (covered?) dry dock. If they eventually went in for vessels like cruise liners, then I suspect they'd...
by alasdairmac
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: GENEALOGY / RESEARCH
Topic: Sealight of Glenlight Shipping Ltd
Replies: 11
Views: 12906

Re: Sealight of Glenlight Shipping Ltd

I've got a little on her on my Puffers & Vics website but not much I'm afraid. She hasn't been well documented anywhere that I can find. http://www.themackenzies.pwp.blueyonder ... light3.htm


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by alasdairmac
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?
Replies: 7
Views: 4761

Re: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?

Very interesting and great if it comes off. I've not been down that way for a while and so my question for someone who knows the area is that with the large housing development that was/is taking place immediately to the east, is there now room for the fabrication sheds and other infrastructure that...
by alasdairmac
Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:15 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NLV Pharos Damaged
Replies: 1
Views: 1495

NLV Pharos Damaged

The Irish lighthouse tender Granuaile is at the lighthouse pier at Oban today and appears to be loading buoys. Wonder if the NLB have chartered her in to take over from PharosImage


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by alasdairmac
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:41 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Britannia at Greenock
Replies: 8
Views: 3800

Re: Britannia at Greenock

Could not agree more with you George.


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by alasdairmac
Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: S.V. FALLS OF CLYDE
Replies: 0
Views: 1338

S.V. FALLS OF CLYDE

Looks like the Falls of Clyde, Glenlee's sister, is in serious danger of having to be scuttled in the Pacific unless funds can be raised to restore her to a safe condition. With so much of our money needed for the preservation of our own local maritime heritage, can the small community of enthusiast...
by alasdairmac
Sat May 09, 2015 1:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: PARA HANDY
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

Re: PARA HANDY

She was the backdrop for an outside broadcast news item the BBC did from the walkway at Pacific Quay last evening
by alasdairmac
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: BRITANNIA
Replies: 14
Views: 2728

Re: BRITANNIA

Hi Norman. Hope your nephew is skilled with Photoshop and can make her look like a proper ship in his photos!
;)
by alasdairmac
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:36 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: ORIANA
Replies: 19
Views: 4636

Re: ORIANA

Not nearly as attractive as the traditional yellow. What's happening at P&O?
by alasdairmac
Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:59 am
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: BRITANNIA
Replies: 14
Views: 2728

Re: BRITANNIA

What an ugly looking beast. Definitely a retrograde step in ship aesthetics.
by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: Proposed Exhibition
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Proposed Exhibition

Thanks Jim. Wester Ross is a favourite area of mine but May is out I'm afraid. If the exhibition lasts further into the summer there is a good chance I'll make it.
:beer: to its success !
by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2633

Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Sounds like a good solution Angus. Possibly about 20 minutes extra sailing time each way but compared to Gourock it's minimal. Possible conflict with the P&O Irish service for the berth? Downside is that Troon railway station is quite bit away. I'd heard that Fairlie was being looked at as a possibl...
by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:21 am
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: Proposed Exhibition
Replies: 3
Views: 812

Re: Proposed Exhibition

Hi Jim, can you please post the dates and venues when you have them arranged. Thanks
Alasdair
by alasdairmac
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:25 am
Forum: MAYDAY
Topic: Lysblink Seaways aground on Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Replies: 2
Views: 5633

Re: Lysblink Seaways aground on Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Herakles has returned to Kirkwall, presumably not needed now that the Kingdom of Fife and Forth Jouster are on scene.
by alasdairmac
Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:33 pm
Forum: MAYDAY
Topic: Lysblink Seaways aground on Ardnamurchan Peninsula
Replies: 2
Views: 5633

Lysblink Seaways aground on Ardnamurchan Peninsula

BBC news reporting that the UK flagged 7409 grt, 129m cargo vessel "Lysblink Seaways" is aground near Kilchoan. Coastguard tug Herakles is on its way to assist but looking at her present position in the Pentland Firth, it's likely to be the early hours of tomorrow before she's on-scene. All on board...
by alasdairmac
Tue Feb 17, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: RN Hunter
Replies: 2
Views: 744

Re: RN Hunter

Surely one if the most beautiful aircraft ever designed and proof of the old adage that if it looks right it will be right.
by alasdairmac
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:20 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Green Goddesses Go East
Replies: 7
Views: 2289

Re: Green Goddesses Go East

Aye Iain, many fond memories of the front vestibule above the driver. Always fun to open the window and change the destination board and see how long it took for some irate wee wife to give the driver an earful for going to the wrong place! Always ended with a stern "git aff" and us walking the rest...
by alasdairmac
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:06 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV HEBRIDES, AT ARDROSSAN HARBOUR TODAY.
Replies: 6
Views: 3720

Re: MV HEBRIDES, AT ARDROSSAN HARBOUR TODAY.

Looks like Finlagan has taken up the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy route so Harris and the Uists are being well served while Islay is left with Isle of Arran
by alasdairmac
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: RFA WAVE KNIGHT
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: RFA WAVE KNIGHT

She wasnt looking for another Russian sub was she? :mrgreen:
by alasdairmac
Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: RFA WAVE KNIGHT
Replies: 6
Views: 2242

Re: RFA WAVE KNIGHT

She wasnt looking for another Russian sub was she? :mrgreen:
by alasdairmac
Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: Troon and Ayr - ships arrivals record
Replies: 7
Views: 4659

Re: Troon and Ayr - ships arrivals record

Angus, I'm sure that everyone of us on ClydeMaritime wishes you a full and speedy recovery. Take care.
by alasdairmac
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clyde 1974
Replies: 13
Views: 6605

Re: Clyde 1974

Many thanks Tom. I just love a good bit of nostalgia and you've served it up in bucket loads !
:beer:
by alasdairmac
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:37 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

You are absolutely correct Mr Millfield. I took NW from a post on this topic earlier today at face value.
by alasdairmac
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Now sitting it out at anchor in Woolacombe Bay. Still a bit exposed though - thought she might have gone for a lea shore on the North side of the estuary if the wind is to continue from the NW.
by alasdairmac
Fri Nov 21, 2014 5:10 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipowners
Topic: puffer RHODA?
Replies: 4
Views: 4405

Re: puffer RHODA?

In fairness Bruce, our esteemed Hydrographic Office quote HMS Hecla's survey report of 65 metres. Wrong wreck methinks.
by alasdairmac
Fri Nov 21, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipowners
Topic: puffer RHODA?
Replies: 4
Views: 4405

Re: puffer RHODA?

Hi David - yes, she certainly appears to fit the bill as a "puffer" and I will open a new page for her. I'll also take some time to try and find out more about her although I have to say that I can't have come across her in any of my earlier research - doesn't mean she's not hiding there somewhere t...
by alasdairmac
Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:12 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Looks like she's seeking shelter just off the North Cornwall coast right now - just SW of Bude. The weather really hasn't been kind to her over the last couple of months.
by alasdairmac
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Looks like the grand old lady is on her way home at last. Making 16kts down the West Solent as I type this. Wishing her a safe passage.
by alasdairmac
Thu Nov 20, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipowners
Topic: puffer RHODA?
Replies: 4
Views: 4405

Re: puffer RHODA?

Thanks David. Looks interesting.
Unfortunately I'm in hospital right now but I'll check that out when I get home.
All the best
by alasdairmac
Sun Nov 09, 2014 11:06 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

She's moved berths in the last 48 hours and is now alongside at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal.
by alasdairmac
Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: LOCH SEAFORTH
Replies: 24
Views: 10980

Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

Now abeam Egg and making 18.3 knots
by alasdairmac
Tue Oct 28, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34525

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Thanks Stuart. Long bus runs every weekend for the work parties if they dont get her back up!

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