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by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

I notice that IoA is still on the route - does anyone know.what's happened to IoL since she got back?





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by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Heads Up - 12th July 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 14173

Re: Heads Up - 12th July 2015

Quite common elsewhere too. I've been on cruises where Australian immigration joined the ship in New Zealand and Hong Kong officers boarded in Borneo. US also do it if last non-US port of call is no more than a couple of days away. However, not once have I seen UKBA on board prior to arrival in the ...
by alasdairmac
Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:59 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Re: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information

Thanks for these two posts Millfield. Good starting points for more research
Cheers


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by alasdairmac
Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Re: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information

Thanks George, but that's not her. She went down off Hull in 1897 per this court of inquiry report. Looks like your proposition that she wasn't registered is correct. There's no build record for her on the Clyde either. http://www.plimsoll.org/resources/SCCLibraries/WreckReports/17104.asp PS: a bit ...
by alasdairmac
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:41 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Re: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information

Many thanks for that




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by alasdairmac
Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 2494

Lighter "Leading Star" - Request for Information

I've come across an article in the Glasgow Herald of November 4th 1897 (OK I know I'm a bit behind with my reading!) recording the sinking of the lighter "Leading Star" owned by a Mr Hardie of Greenock the previous morning. Apart from a threadbare record of her wreck in the RCAHMS Canmore database I...
by alasdairmac
Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Heads Up - 12th July 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 14173

Re: Heads Up - 12th July 2015

You mean one Merk George but dont take too long to pay as your by now unwanted pound plumets in value it'll soon set you back a tenner sterling.
:P

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by alasdairmac
Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Heads Up - 12th July 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 14173

Re: Heads Up - 12th July 2015

But George, it won't look so good when the blue is removed on March 24th 2016.:evil:

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by alasdairmac
Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: CALEDONIAN ISLES,ON THE BERTH AT TROON.
Replies: 8
Views: 2023

Re: CALEDONIAN ISLES,ON THE BERTH AT TROON.

What has her problem been?

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by alasdairmac
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:34 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Ardrossan - Costa del Gales
Replies: 1
Views: 773

Re: Ardrossan - Costa del Gales

She's no comin' back though - at least not until tomorrow. Overnighting at Brodick rather than attempt Ardrossan in these conditions. Why not divert to Gourock?


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by alasdairmac
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:14 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 121464

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Now into the Great Australian Bight and making 13 knots.

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by alasdairmac
Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:13 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: The Train of Life
Replies: 11
Views: 2229

Re: The Train of Life

Sorry to learn that you've been unwell Angus. Take it easy and get well soon.

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by alasdairmac
Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:47 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Clansman on Ardrossan - Brodick today
Replies: 3
Views: 1630

Re: Clansman on Ardrossan - Brodick today

I believe that the good folk of Arran are hoping that "Clansman" stays on the route during the present unpredictable weather as, unlike "Caledonian Isles" in recent times, she has been diverting to Gourock when the winds at Ardrossan have been adverse and thus maintaining this lifeline service. Does...
by alasdairmac
Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:12 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3673

Re: Waverley 2014

A'm telt! But thon Barra pirate must have been some man for an Eriskeam to sing his praises - or did he let you in for 10%?

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by alasdairmac
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3673

Re: Waverley 2014

Hey you...we're no that plonkers, we've no intention of going anywhere near thon pirate-infested, chilly, fog-bound islands of the Southern Utter Hebrides. I've heard the stories told by the Yorkieman and the Ardrussanite of what can happen to ordinary law-abiding folk up there.
:twisted:
by alasdairmac
Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3673

Re: Waverley 2014

Ah, the thought of a lazy day in the blazing sun, cold beer in hand, as we steam up past Loch Torridon ! Look forward to meeting up with Sheels and yourself if we can all make it.

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by alasdairmac
Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:29 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 1640

Re: Merry Christmas

All the best to you both Stuart. And knowing how much he enjoys it, I will not be surprised if I come across a certain elderly gentleman in his usual seat on the auld tub again next year.

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by alasdairmac
Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:33 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Suggestions Needed!
Replies: 4
Views: 1817

Re: Suggestions Needed!

Something like Smugmug?

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by alasdairmac
Sun Dec 08, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: The CMRT website
Topic: New CMRT website and database
Replies: 8
Views: 24123

Re: New CMRT website and database

Well done all concerned.

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by alasdairmac
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Waverley 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3673

Re: Waverley 2014

That sure is one heck of a price hike! I probably saved a wee bit with my £150 pensioner's FoW but £450 for the Clyde alone next year certainly means I'm not a friend any more ! :cry: On the plus side, the Western Isles programme looks a wee bit better than last year - getting up to Kyle, Raasay and...
by alasdairmac
Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Britain and the Sea on TV tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 2061

Britain and the Sea on TV tonight

Excellent episode of this BBC1 series with David Dimbleby sailing from Craob Haven to Glasgow. If you missed it, well worth catching up on via BBC iPlayer.

Some blood-curdling pronounciations right enough but only to be expected


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by alasdairmac
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:02 pm
Forum: CRUISING
Topic: AURORA
Replies: 7
Views: 3017

Re: AURORA

Very definately my favourite of the present P&O fleet. Big, but not so big as to be impersonal.

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by alasdairmac
Sun Nov 24, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Very interesting Jim. Need to keep ears to the ground.

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by alasdairmac
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Flying Phantom trial
Replies: 0
Views: 865

Flying Phantom trial

Switzer have been fined £1.7m. BBC news item here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-g ... t-24925260
by alasdairmac
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:36 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NEW CALMAC FERRY - Loch Seaforth
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

Re: NEW CALMAC FERRY - Loch Seaforth

Much the reply I expected JIm. Many thanks. I've been trying without success so far to find out what the max length that Fergies could handle as, if I remember correctly, IoL was at their limit and the new build is 10 metres longer.
by alasdairmac
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NEW CALMAC FERRY - Loch Seaforth
Replies: 2
Views: 1643

NEW CALMAC FERRY - Loch Seaforth

Does anyone know which yards, if any, in Scotland tendered for this vessel?
by alasdairmac
Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Shipyard rationalisation
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Re: Shipyard rationalisation

Allan. The UK ceases to exist when we become independent (remember that the Kingdom in the UK is that formed by the union of 1707, which will be annulled). England can make and pay for whatever defence policy it wishes - Scotland will do its own thing and we can be fairly sure that that will not inc...
by alasdairmac
Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Shipyard rationalisation
Replies: 6
Views: 3045

Re: Shipyard rationalisation

The present lack of surface warships in home waters is an absolute disgrace - more often than not the only law-enforcement vessels around the Scottish coast are our own FPVs. Hopefully the RN will see fit to base them here to protect our maritime assets but I wont hold my breath. Sent from my GT-I81...
by alasdairmac
Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:22 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

I would certainly commend the idea of keeping Waverley in Scottish waters to further investigation by WEL, if they haven't already done so. Oban for example is busy with tourists from Easter through the holiday weekends at the beginning and end of May, and on to the holiday weekend at the end of Sep...
by alasdairmac
Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

There are certainly some changes still needing made but as far as Balmoral is concerned she was just too much of an expensive.luxury that was unsustainable. And in my opinion quite unnecessary.


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by alasdairmac
Mon Nov 04, 2013 4:54 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Gav, Clyde sailings revenue in July was reportedly 40% plus above budget with something like 37,000 passenger journeys over the month. She didn't lose too many south coast and Thames trips to weather either and so fingers crossed..... I have been one of WEL's vociferous critics but the new top manag...
by alasdairmac
Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH
Replies: 21
Views: 5612

Re: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH

Mine (Sony Alpha 55) goes up to 25600 although I've never been there! Need to experiment sometime. The one thing about modern digital SLRs is the low level of noise in shots at high ISO compared to film and so you really can bring ISO in to work effectively as an option to shutter and aperture witho...
by alasdairmac
Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:38 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH
Replies: 21
Views: 5612

Re: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH

Hi Dennis. the lens is a fixed f8 and so f16 with the teleconverter. There was a brisk breeze and the camera was shaking like mad on the tripod so, even with the bright sunshine yesterday, I wound the ISO up to 3200 and that gave me a shutter speed of 1/4000 which was more than enough.
by alasdairmac
Sat Nov 02, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH
Replies: 21
Views: 5612

Re: HMS (to be) QUEEN ELIZABETH

Taking shape in the build dock at Rosyth. Both of the islands look to be in place but it's not clear if all of the hull sections are fully lined up yet - from what I can see, I don't think so. As I said in an earlier post, it's not an easy location to get pictures of and this one was taken from the ...
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Fairly normal George. The auld tub brings in a lot of revenue to the towns around the estuary. Just as an example, every Saturday she probably delivers three or four hundred revellers including hen and stag parties to Rothesay where they'll deposit several thousand pounds into the coffers of the tow...
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:25 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: MED SURVEYOR
Replies: 1
Views: 440

Re: MED SURVEYOR

What a rust bucket! If she's not in for conversion to razor blades, she ought to be !
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Queen Mary II
Replies: 23
Views: 9216

Re: Queen Mary II

Hi Alan. During her winter refit 1956/57 she was converted from coal to oil burning and her two funnels were replaced by one.
by alasdairmac
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.
Replies: 5
Views: 1654

Re: ASTUTE CLASS SUB.

No no - he'd have mistaken it for a ladder and fallen off before that


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by alasdairmac
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Well, that's another season over and by all accounts a reasonably good one financially for the old girl. I made it for the Largs / Tighnabruich / Largs legs of yesterday's final sailing and considering the appalling weather there was a good crowd on board, albeit with not one hardy soul out on deck ...
by alasdairmac
Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Notice that she's been hugging the west coast of the Isle of Man, no doubt getting what shelter she can from the SE Gales. Hopefully it won't be too bad when she clears the lee of the island. Still, she's making good progress to be back in Glasgow by dinner time this evening.
by alasdairmac
Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:50 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Bob, tracking her progress is easy using one of several links to AIS which are available. I use this one:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais
by alasdairmac
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

The old girl must be homesick - she's fleein' along off the north Kent coast heading for the English Channel at 16.5 knots. Fingers crossed for some decent paddling weather this weekend.
:beer:
by alasdairmac
Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Not a good week: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday lost due to weather and now today to "technical reasons". The old girl is at present making her way east along the coast from Weymouth, hopefully back in full health and on passage to Portsmouth to pick up tomorrow's scheduled sailing from there - fingers ...
by alasdairmac
Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Storm-bound in Southampton for a second day by the looks of it.

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by alasdairmac
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 121464

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

Frances has just told me that whilst I was prancing around like the original Kodak Brownie Kid she was shooting a movie of the whole event on 'her' I-Pad - which In reality is MY I-Pad, a Retirement Pressie from the children. I live in hope that one day I too might get a shot of it ..... grrrrrrrr ...
by alasdairmac
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: NS Arctic
Replies: 3
Views: 4795

Re: NS Arctic

I'd guess at a faulty GPS decoder. She's now not showing so they've switched it off or are out of coverage

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by alasdairmac
Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:57 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: NS Arctic
Replies: 3
Views: 4795

Re: NS Arctic

And in the grounds of somebody's stately pile by the looks of it ! It 's also showing her position as static while she is maintaining a speed of 27 knots.

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by alasdairmac
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Looks like they're up at the satellite antenna. First time these techies will have seen a steam-powered one !!! :beer:


edit:been making good overnight progress and now abeam Fishguard, South Wales
by alasdairmac
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

That's a pity. Would probably have been a nice wee earner to help offset the positioning fuel costs.

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by alasdairmac
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 94209

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

Whatever the reason for her brief stop at Scotstoun, she is now abeam Ballantrae and well on her way to Llandudno to play her part in the grand opening of the pier there on Wednesday

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