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by alasdairmac
Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

I see that she has steamed back round from Weymouth to Southampton. Must be costing WEL a fortune keeping the crew on well beyond the budgeted date.
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: CILICIA- Fairfield 1938
Replies: 2
Views: 539

Re: CILICIA- Fairfield 1938

Memories of seeing her in Yorkhill Basin in the early/mid 60s
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: AIRCRAFT
Topic: Airbus A380 - British Airways
Replies: 5
Views: 3735

Re: Airbus A380 - British Airways

I'd like to see it too Keith but I'm not sure if they float very well!
by alasdairmac
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: AIRCRAFT
Topic: Airbus A380 - British Airways
Replies: 5
Views: 3735

Re: Airbus A380 - British Airways

Sorry Keith but that's an Airbus A320. About one quarter the size of its big A380 cousin
by alasdairmac
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:40 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation
Replies: 20
Views: 13724

Re: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation

You may well be right Angus, but if he does rebuild the business into one able to compete internationally in appropriate niche markets and sells it on as such then good luck to him. He'll go off with the Clyde and all of Scotland's thanks as well as a fistfull of the readies.
by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 25, 2014 4:20 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation
Replies: 20
Views: 13724

Re: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation

According to a story just breaking in the on-line Herald, Jim McColl has been named as the preferred bidder http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/ferguson-jim-mccoll-named-as-preferred-bidder-to-save-shipyard.1408975433 Great news for Fergies and the Clyde - if anyone can do it this man can. ...
by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation
Replies: 20
Views: 13724

Re: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation

Hi David, as far as I can see it's a Glasgow company called Fish and Ships (that is an S and not a C by the way) but who knows who is hiding behind it! Wouldn't surprise me if somebody like Ferguson Transport of Kishorn moved into live fish carrying as they have developed a good business in fish far...
by alasdairmac
Sun Aug 17, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation
Replies: 20
Views: 13724

Re: Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd – in Liquidation

Very sad news but linking this with Angus' post on the Norwegian built and owned well boat heading for Troon I am prompted to ask why none of the large number of such vessels operating here are either Scottish built or even owned. Surely this is the ship size and sort.of niche market that Fergies co...
by alasdairmac
Mon Aug 04, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: HMS ENTERPRISE H 88
Replies: 14
Views: 3751

Re: HMS ENTERPRISE H 88

Fresh from evactuating British citizens from Tripoli last week.
by alasdairmac
Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:57 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: HMS Prince of Wales LB03 @ BAE Govan
Replies: 32
Views: 12722

Re: HMS Prince of Wales LB03 @ BAE Govan

They're well round the corner into the North Sea now and making 8.9 knots. I notice that they delayed passage through the Pentland Firth by doubling back on themselves thus adding around 25 nm to their track - tides? At their present rate of progress they should be off Rosyth mid-morning tomorrow al...
by alasdairmac
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Calmac Ferry back to mainland from Hebrides
Replies: 2
Views: 877

Re: Calmac Ferry back to mainland from Hebrides

Good to have you back Angus, though I see that you referred to the car a just a "wee Pugeot" and not "My wee Pugeot". Have you not told her yet?
:twisted:
by alasdairmac
Sat Jul 26, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Commonwealth Games Flotilla
Replies: 31
Views: 10322

Re: Commonwealth Games Flotilla

Looks like it's CalMac's new hybrid ferry "Lochinvar" which has the honour of leading the flotilla upriver.
by alasdairmac
Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Woody
Replies: 8
Views: 2742

Re: Woody

That's why I let the wife do the gardening Woody ! Get well soon.
by alasdairmac
Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 5638

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

Hi Duncan. I only saw the advert at Dunstafnage as we drove home or else we'd have definitely taken a sail on her
by alasdairmac
Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 5638

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

Could well be Jamie, there are plenty of coach tours operating into Oban. Looks like the bus didn't turn up for that sail though - or else they are all down below for a cold beer! Thanks for the complement on the photograph - she's way over by the Lismore coast there, so taken at the limit of the 27...
by alasdairmac
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Evening in Oban bay
Replies: 0
Views: 1078

Evening in Oban bay

At a busy North Pier, the masts of the Sea Cadet Corp's brigantine "TS Royalist" tower over the Currie Brothers of Lerwick owned landing craft "Skye Crossing", which was loaded with construction equipment. Alongside her is North West Marine's "Headcorn" and on the outside an unidentified workboat. "...
by alasdairmac
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Two Ketches and a Ferry Boat
Replies: 0
Views: 1066

Two Ketches and a Ferry Boat

The top photograph shows two ketches with probably 100 years apart in their construction in Oban bay. The larger of the two is the "Bessie Ellen", the last coastal ketch sailing in UK waters, she operates holiday cruises out of her base in Falmouth and is up here for a few weeks right now. To save m...
by alasdairmac
Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 5638

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

Photograph of her in the Firth of Lorne earlier this week. As Jamie said, she is operating cruises out of Dunstafnage Marina but you've got to look closely for the signs promoting her at the marina entrance and no advertising at all in Oban.
by alasdairmac
Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 5638

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

Thanks for that.
PS I dont like the all-white either!
by alasdairmac
Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:48 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 5638

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

Have just spotted her in the Firth of Lorne. Well offshore but didnt look like there were any passengers on deck.

New owner up here perhaps?
by alasdairmac
Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: D Day + 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: D Day + 1

Jim. I've been away for a week and only now catching up. I've said it before on here but you have a wonderful talent so please continue to share it with us. All the best



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by alasdairmac
Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

WAVERLEY AT KYLE OF LOCHALSH VIDEO

Had a great couple of days sailing on Waverley from Kyle of Lochalsh. Nice to meet up with so many old friends again at the start of the new season. For posterity and for those who couldn't be there a video of these two days is on YouTube at:

http://youtu.be/WfYkPJtqmlo
by alasdairmac
Tue May 27, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Making good time on her way down the Firth and the weather looks fine for her first taste of the Atlantic this year when she rounds the Mull of Kintyre. Looking forward to seeing her at Kyle of Lochalsh tomorrow evening and to Thursday's and Friday's sails.
:clap:
by alasdairmac
Fri May 23, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

The Clyde is reverberating to the sound of paddles once again as the old girl makes her way downriver for the first time this season. Passing BAe Govan at 10:15
:beer:
by alasdairmac
Mon May 12, 2014 11:50 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

TICKETS AVAILABLE

Due to illness, my travelling companion for the Thursday 29th and Friday 30th May sailings from Kyle of Lochalsh has had to call off. His tickets for both sailings are therefore available. They are "Senior Citizen" fares: £27 for the Cruise to Loch Torridon on the 29th and £23 for the Round Raasay o...
by alasdairmac
Sat May 10, 2014 12:27 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Vessel at Fergusons
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Re: Vessel at Fergusons

I believe that a few of the redundant landing craft from the likes of Bulwark, Albion etc have been or are being converted for coastal work including carrying supplies to fish farms.
by alasdairmac
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

Re: WAVERLEY 2014

Think they're looking for someone before then George. The interviews are next month so yo u'd better get your CV polished up
8-)

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by alasdairmac
Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. Wilson Gdynia - in trouble off Barra Head
Replies: 15
Views: 3854

Re: M.V. Wilson Gdynia - in trouble off Barra Head

Heading into the North Channel at 8 kts now.


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by alasdairmac
Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Commonwealth Games Flotilla
Replies: 31
Views: 10322

Re: Commonwealth Games Flotilla

Thanks Stuart.

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by alasdairmac
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:04 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Commonwealth Games Flotilla
Replies: 31
Views: 10322

Re: Commonwealth Games Flotilla

Sounds great Stuart. Need to keep my eyes open for tickets going on sale. Do WEL any idea where she will be berthed in Glasgow during the games as I understand that the Science Centre berth will be within the BBC secure zone and therefore out if bounds for public access. Sent from my GT-I8190N using...
by alasdairmac
Fri Apr 11, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hampshire II - Superyacht
Replies: 3
Views: 1474

Re: Hampshire II - Superyacht

A real beauty. I wonder if he gets a discount on his diesel ? ;)
by alasdairmac
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 0
Views: 676

Help needed

I'm working on a film project about Applecross and would like to include a scene at Milltown referring to the MacBrayne steamer calls there. Does anyone have an old postcard or photograph which I could use to illustrate this, perhaps of the ill-fated Sheila, anchored off in the bay? Even a reasonabl...
by alasdairmac
Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:45 am
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: P&O Cruises New Livery
Replies: 3
Views: 1298

Re: P&O Cruises New Livery

P&O have been quietly abandoning their traditional quality standards for a few years now to compete in the mass market with the likes of Royal Caribbean, witness the design of their recent new ships. This new paint job is just another outward manifestation of that. Sent from my GT-I8190N using Tapat...
by alasdairmac
Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Isle of Lewis on the blink - again
Replies: 8
Views: 2009

Re: Isle of Lewis on the blink - again

Help ma boab Cap'n David, you'll have yon Eriskean injinoor goin' skelly eyed when he sees your praise of his ilk. He'll be back on the tablets again.

:beer: for the engineers on IoL
by alasdairmac
Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:09 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Isle of Lewis on the blink - again
Replies: 8
Views: 2009

Re: Isle of Lewis on the blink - again

Outbound from Stornoway at the moment (11:05) but not on course for Ullapool by the looks of it - so far at least.
by alasdairmac
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2014
Replies: 85
Views: 34531

WAVERLEY 2014

I see from WEL's Spring newsletter that Campbeltown pier is going to be closed for repairs this year and that they are going to have to rescedule, including for the WI transits to and from Oban. How much of a problem will the latter be, given that Colonsay was already a five hour steam from Campbelt...
by alasdairmac
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hunterston turbine was turning today!
Replies: 14
Views: 5070

Re: Hunterston turbine was turning today!

Kenny. You might find that even a fairly brief scan of the White Paper will answer your question - simply search on the word Coastguard and you will find many reassuring references to its continuation in an independent Scotland. This short paper by Brodies solicitors might also interest you http://w...
by alasdairmac
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clyde's Commonwealth Flotilla
Replies: 12
Views: 5979

Re: Clyde's Commonwealth Flotilla

Marco. You need to understand that in the absence of any positive argument for the continuation of the union, the naesayers have nothing to offer other than fear and personal insults, as clearly evidenced in this thread. Get used to it because as a Yes vote becomes even more likely what we're gettin...
by alasdairmac
Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hunterston turbine was turning today!
Replies: 14
Views: 5070

Re: Hunterston turbine was turning today!

What nonsense. The unionist fear factory really does know no limits. Let me remind you that it was a Tory government at Westminster that decimated the coastguard in Scotland in the face of opposition from the Scottish Government.



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by alasdairmac
Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:54 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

Hi Donald. I was a bit surprised by CalMac's claim as IoA was presumably doing the evening return sailing to Stornoway which clearly could not have operated to schedule.

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by alasdairmac
Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

She's now on the Ro-Ro berth at Stornoway with Isle of Arran on passage back to Ullapool. CalMac's website is also showing "no disruption" to the service and so presumably all is now well.
:beer:
by alasdairmac
Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2664

Re: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?

Very difficult to identify as they were modified quite frequently. Possible candidate could be the Roman - look at the two photographs of her here http://themackenzies.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/puffers/roman.htm and you'll see that the one on the left doesn't have the raised open wheelhouse of the later ...
by alasdairmac
Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2664

Re: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?

First prize shared by Doug and Andy, as the Google Street View from the Rhubodach slip confirms. Thanks guys for pointing me in the right direction - much appreciated.
by alasdairmac
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:24 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2664

Re: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?

Thanks gents. I'll see if any google earth, or street views from roads in these areas, can confirm either location



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by alasdairmac
Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:56 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?
Replies: 7
Views: 2664

WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?

Graham Lappin has kindly provided a photograph of the puffer "Salmon" for which I've created a new entry in the Puffers and Vics website: http://themackenzies.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/puffers/Salmon.htm The location has something familiar about it but I just can't place it. Do an ClydeMaritimers know wh...
by alasdairmac
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:50 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

Aye, it's jist roon the corner Donald!

IoL looks to have been stooging about (there's a good maritime term for you) in the lea of the Irish coast until it's time to head over to the Liverpool Bar for her 0700 appointment with the pilot.



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by alasdairmac
Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

She's now close to the Irish Coast only a few miles off the port of Dublin.

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by alasdairmac
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

Looks like she's still out of service in Ullapool. No sign yet of a return to the Mersey for repair.

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by alasdairmac
Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Well done, the Curlers !
Replies: 7
Views: 1833

Re: Well done, the Curlers !

Aye Brian, wha's like us? The only oil rich country in the world with proportionately the most universities in the world's top 100, and that has the same population as the world's top economic performers but that's still too wee, too poor and too stupid to make a better job of running its own affair...
by alasdairmac
Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

Out and about in Loch Broom this morning and from her track she looks to have been giving her rudders a good workout.

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