M.V. Saturn on launch day

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M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by Angus Mac Kinnon » Sun Mar 27, 2011 6:55 pm

The baptism of M.V. Saturn, on 30th June 1977, from the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company, Troon - Yard Number 552.

Can't imagine the general public, let alone young children being allowed access nowadays, as was the case in these days.

Across at the West of Scotland Shipbreaking Company's berth, the 4,894 tons cargo ship AMENITY can be seen (ex-Turnbull Scott Shipping Company's FLOWERGATE), built in 1952 by the Burntisland Shipbuilding Company, which arrived at Troon for breaking on 09-05-1977.
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Launching of the M.V. SATURN
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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by riverman » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:11 pm

And the SATURN taken today still going strong on the Gourock/Dunoon run. A credit to Ailsa.
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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by Deepol » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:21 pm

At Rothesay just after entering service.
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Post by SCameron » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:10 pm

Some more views from Saturn's launch day - initially I was on the large fitting out quay with the late Jim Aikman Smith.
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Emerging from the building hall - a facility that set Ailsa apart from the other smaller shipbuilders on the Clyde
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Entering the water - bow of the sewage sludge carrier Northumbrian Water on the left, fitting out
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Almost fully afloat

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Post by SCameron » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:16 pm

Just after launch - one of the features that differentiated her from Jupiter / Juno was the arrangement of the bridge and wheelhouse - the original on Jupiter was found to be too for good view when going astern - a second bridge was added to Juno by Lamont's during her construction and a similar one was retrfitted to Jupiter during her first annual overhaul. Ailsa adopted a different solution for Saturn, which afforded passengers a forward view. The 'flying bridge' reminded me of those fitted on the paddle steamers Mercury (built by Fairfield) and Caledonia (Denny) in 1934. They were the only two Clyde paddler that offered a forward view from the upper deck.
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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by SCameron » Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:39 pm

Its fair to say that Saturn experienced more than her fair share of teething troubles - she had to return to her builders on several occasions - this is one such occasion when she was undergoing repairs at a berth on the outer breakwater at Troon.

This photo also shows the two crane bases recently discussed elsewhere in this forum - see
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Saturn under repair

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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:40 pm

Saturn outfitting at Troon on 24 December 1977.
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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by Dennis Maccoy » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:48 pm

Saturn at Wemyss Bay on 23 December 1979.
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Re: M.V. Saturn on launch day

Post by Dennis Maccoy » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:37 pm

In Rothesay Bay on 29 July 1981.
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