WAVERLEY 2015

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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:44 pm

Thanks for that Stuart. Can't believe it's ten years since he took the helm, feels like it was only a couple of years back. Tempus fugit. We'll no doubt see him back doing the odd relief duty but for now just need to watch this space to find out who her new senior master will be. I wonder if David Howie could be tempted back with a fourth stripe?

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Post by Allan » Wed Oct 14, 2015 5:12 pm

Currently passing west of the Isle of Man, making 15 knots – keep that up, could be at the Tail o’ the Bank by midnight tonight.
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Post by Allan » Wed Oct 14, 2015 8:37 pm

2030hrs BST – currently due west of Ballantrae – ETA Tail o’ the Bank 0030hrs Thursday?
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Post by Allan » Wed Oct 14, 2015 10:27 pm

2230hrs BST – currently 4 miles east of Brodick – still looking at 0030hrs ToB
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Post by Allan » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:21 pm

2315hrs – WAVERLEY now passing Great Cumbrae, still optimistic about 0030hrs ToB.

Around that time, you can see her passing through on her way upriver on the Greenock webcam at http://saitek1.camstreams.com/
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Post by Allan » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:11 am

0015hrs Thursday – passing Gourock – nearly home……
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Post by Allan » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:18 am

Okay – 0020hrs Thursday - PS WAVERLEY now showing on the Greenock Webcam (at 14 knots, won’t be there for long!), having left the Thames estuary at mid-day on Monday, now on the last leg of her journey home – not bad for a sixty-nine year old…

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Post by riverman » Thu Oct 15, 2015 9:26 am

I think you would make a fine navigator at sea Allan :D I saw her lights passing Gourock and the container terminal, a good run indeed for an old girl. :clap:
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Post by alasdairmac » Thu Oct 15, 2015 10:11 am

Tied up at Pacific Quay at 00:45 UTC this morning. It must be the lure of the lochs and hills, and fresh sea breezes of home which pulls her north like that !

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Post by Number6 » Fri Oct 16, 2015 12:11 am

What a crying shame that the only suitable candidate to have occupied the Waverley's bridge in recent years is no longer fit enough to return.

A few weeks of his sociable, competent, expansive, and cheerful management would go a long way to recover the situation that has been allowed to hold sway these last few years. Shame he isn't taking the award winning waste of oxygen with him!

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Post by Allan » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:40 pm

Obviously enjoying a couple of days’ rest – gearing up for her final fling this year, and the weather looks set to fair - GO WAVERLEY!
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Post by riverman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:40 pm

Unfortunately a couple of hours late at Helensburgh today due to fog in the river. :D
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Post by riverman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:44 pm

At Helensburgh today for a sail up Loch Long.
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Post by riverman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:48 pm

At Helensburgh today into the sun.
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Post by riverman » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:53 pm

Waverley returns to Helensburgh 17.20hrs. this evening her last call for this year. ;) :wave:
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Post by Allan » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:53 pm

Seem to remember PS Waverley had an evening cruise scheduled tonight – if so, it didn’t happen.
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WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:16 pm

I'm just back home from today's cruise. You couldn't see the north bank at 10am let alone see downriver. Even after it cleared upriver we still ran through some fairly thick patches on the way down with some slow going at times.

The Loch Long cruise was cut to an hour and We were about 25 minutes late back at Pacific Quay where there were 2 or 3 hundred waiting to board for the showboat cruise. No indications of any problems so I was surprised to see her on AIS apparently still at Pacific Quay at 8:45. Then I noticed that the last received position was some 1hr 15mins previously so it maybe that her AIS transmitter has gone u/s, or the local receiver feeding it into Marine Traffic is off-line. Hope there's nothing wrong with her as we're due back on tomorrow.

edit: added photograph taken from Waverley's foredeck after she canted shortly after 10am, ready for the off whenever the fog cleared. The north bank and heliport are on the right of picture.

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Post by Allan » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:28 pm

Not often you’re wrong, Alasdair, but you’re right again – Marine Traffic indicates she didn’t leave the Science Centre tonight, BUT Ship AIS, as at 2124hrs, has her reversing course out at ToB, having passed GOT, now on her homeward journey.

Looks like Marine Traffic not functioning properly…..
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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by alasdairmac » Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:17 am

What a great end to Waverley's Clyde season yesterday. I joined at Largs where the queue stretched back the full length of the pier and along the promenade, and the old girl was packed to the rafters when she left. It was an absolutely glorious autumn day. Gone was the fog and the chill of Saturday, replaced with warm sunshine under blue skies and the East Kyle and Tighnabruich at their stunning best. Oh were it like that on all sailing days during the summer ! Until next year...........

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Re: WAVERLEY 2015

Post by Russardo » Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:18 pm

Good to hear she had good loadings over the weekend. I took some photos of her after her last cruise of 2015, looking good all light up: https://flic.kr/p/zEFTEd

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Post by alasdairmac » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:24 am

Forgotten I'd taken this photo of her destination board on Waverley's last sail of the season. Looks like someone on the crew wanted to follow the sun south but thanks goodness Capt. O'Brian had different ideas and we did end up back in Glasgow.
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