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by davidwat
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: Wooden Fronts to Ships' Bridges
Replies: 1
Views: 309

Re: Wooden Fronts to Ships' Bridges

The only reason I ever heard was that it was a somewhat misguided effort to minimize the input of errors in the magnetic compass, particularly in the days before the Gyro compass, when it was situated in the wheelhouse and was used by the helmsman to steer by. Eventually, after the fitting of Gyro c...
by davidwat
Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Ships and Shipowners
Topic: Gulf Stream - Iron barque
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Gulf Stream - Iron barque

I guess the lack of interest is a sign of the times, Bob. When I went to sea in 1957 every kid knew all about ships. Somebody in their family either built them or sailed in them or managed them, and with the many shipyards just outside the windows showing the daily growth of the newbuildings you cou...
by davidwat
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Ships and Shipowners
Topic: Gulf Stream - Iron barque
Replies: 12
Views: 1402

Re: Gulf Stream - Iron barque

I would have thought that non-accompanied transport of a delicate piece such as this would have been pretty risky at the best of times?
by davidwat
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock
Replies: 137
Views: 16383

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Went to Tesco in Greenock this morning, and could see that Nautica was alongside at GOT, and could see some of her drookit passengers wending their way along the pavement. About 30 mins later I drove down to the Esplanade and could see that Nautica was almost at right angles to the pier, with all st...
by davidwat
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock
Replies: 137
Views: 16383

Re: Cruise Ships Passing through Greenock

Have heard them talking about late passengers before on my radio scanner, Arthur. The pilot asked Estuary Control if it was possible for the passengers to be put onboard via the pilot boat, and the answer was a straightforward "NO". 'Ealf an safety, mate! Many years ago, 1975 to be precise, a stowaw...
by davidwat
Fri Jun 29, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: WARSHIPS / WARTIME
Topic: TYPE 26.
Replies: 6
Views: 2241

Re: TYPE 26.

The main thing is that the in house naval planners and designers don't make the same monumental cock-ups that they made with the type 45's, to the extent that they are now almost unusable, and unused, until they are re-engined. For the new Defence Minister to come out and publicly demand another £20...
by davidwat
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: PS WAVERLEY 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 13708

Re: PS WAVERLEY 2018

Thanks Paul,
My only other thought was possibly a medevac, but in that case why not Gourock? There is probably a quicker response time for that at Gourock than at Kilcreggan I would have thought.
by davidwat
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: PS WAVERLEY 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 13708

Re: PS WAVERLEY 2018

HI Paul, Was on "The Splash" yesterday when Waverley passed on her way downriver. When she got approximately abeam of Gourock Pier she turned hard to starboard and headed back across to Kilcreggan, where she berthed. For all the world it looked as though "somebody" had forgotten she was supposed to ...
by davidwat
Fri May 25, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: Bumps and projections
Replies: 4
Views: 1896

Re: Bumps and projections

In the late 90's Claymore acted as tender to one of the Nimitz class of aircraft carriers in Ireland. These "bumps and projections" were the constant worry for the Master as he told me afterwards.
by davidwat
Fri May 04, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: GENEALOGY / RESEARCH
Topic: Boats on the Clyde in the '60s
Replies: 5
Views: 2149

Re: Boats on the Clyde in the '60s

Not the Queen Mary, she was a steam turbine, and is now back in Glasgow being renovated. The other paddler may well have been the Jeanie Deans. Other paddlers from that era were Talisman, Marchioness of Lorne, Duchess of Fife, but they all disappeared pretty quickly one by one.
by davidwat
Thu May 03, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: GENEALOGY / RESEARCH
Topic: Boats on the Clyde in the '60s
Replies: 5
Views: 2149

Re: Boats on the Clyde in the '60s

Not the Duchess , but Countess of Breadalbane is the one you are thinking of, I guess. And Bute was not a paddler; She was one of the first custom built car carriers on the clyde, one of three sisters that ran mainly from Gourock/Dunoon.
by davidwat
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: Captain's Paradise
Replies: 1
Views: 518

Re: Captain's Paradise

One of the classic movies, Paul.
by davidwat
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: SIZE OF VESSELS MOVING ON THE CLYDE?
Replies: 260
Views: 49588

Re: SIZE OF VESSELS MOVING ON THE CLYDE?

Probably stopped at Gib for cheap bunkers.
by davidwat
Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: The Year that's (almost) Awa'
Replies: 2
Views: 1244

Re: The Year that's (almost) Awa'

I'll second that, Paul.
A very Happy New Year to everyone.

David.
by davidwat
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Sad News
Replies: 3
Views: 1285

Re: Sad News

Very sad news indeed; one of life's indomitable elderly ladies. Gone to meet her Tugman in that great peaceful ocean above. RIP Ruth.
by davidwat
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: VIRGILIA
Replies: 2
Views: 1532

Re: VIRGILIA

Extract from Iain Harrisons "A Curious Venture", a history of Harrisons(Clyde) Ltd; Stirling Shipping was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of HCL in 1965 to hold several of our shipowning interests separate from the management company. In the early years it owned a couple of coastal vessels...
by davidwat
Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:15 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: 2017 FASTNET RACE
Replies: 10
Views: 2454

Re: 2017 FASTNET RACE

Hi Paul, Nice sailing for the inshore section of the race.
by davidwat
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: CAP SAN DIEGO
Replies: 8
Views: 2314

Re: CAP SAN DIEGO

She's very well maintained, Paul. They were a lovely class of ship.
by davidwat
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Inchgreen Cranes
Replies: 3
Views: 1497

Re: Inchgreen Cranes

The last time any of them came down was during the great storm of Jan 1969. I was home on leave and on the morning following the storm I had to go to the dentist in PG by bus. One of the cranes on the Great Harbour fitting out berth had blown down across an RFA supply boat moored alongside. Fortunat...
by davidwat
Wed May 03, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: I'm a......
Replies: 2
Views: 1170

Re: I'm a......

Gnu?
by davidwat
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Memorial for Angus & Frances
Replies: 8
Views: 3861

Re: Memorial for Angus & Frances

Hi Tom, Very good to hear from you, with all the up to date news from Eriskay. Once again, thanks so much for going to all the trouble of organising our memorial to Angus and Frances. It brings back many memories. A few years before they passed away I had the pleasure of meeting them on Eriskay. The...
by davidwat
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Rest of Europe
Topic: Zeebrugge tragedy
Replies: 1
Views: 594

Re: Zeebrugge tragedy

Another of the tragedies of the whole sad episode was that English Law, at that time, was not sufficient to cover corporate responsibility, and the case was thrown out by the Judge. The Law has since been changed so that those properly charged with such corporate negligence can be persued through th...
by davidwat
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:05 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Parklea Measured Mile
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Parklea Measured Mile

This is all very interesting, and, having now looked up my Discharge Books, I know why I hadn't heard anything about it. I had just joined Harrisons(Clyde) Ltd, and was engaged on my first voyage with them on British Monarch, which lasted from May 1961 until January 1962, and included my first compl...
by davidwat
Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: John/ Iain Forsyth
Replies: 2
Views: 2128

Re: John/ Iain Forsyth

Very sorry to hear that, Paul. As you say , he was very supportive of the sites and was a doughty proponent of things he felt were important.
by davidwat
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Parklea Measured Mile
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Parklea Measured Mile

Well, there you are. You learn something new every day, thank goodness.
by davidwat
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Parklea Measured Mile
Replies: 7
Views: 1728

Re: Parklea Measured Mile

Have never heard of this before, and I believe there are several reasons why the story is incorrect. My Father was Master of Works for the Clyde Lighthouses Trust around that time (retired in 1963) and I do not recall him ever mentioning this. Why would Denny's go to the expense of setting up their ...
by davidwat
Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Theme update problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4704

Re: Theme update problems

Thanks for that, Arthur, seems to have solved the problems for the moment.
by davidwat
Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Theme update problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4704

Re: Theme update problems

Stuart, I am a simpleton regarding computors----------how do you empty your browser cache????
by davidwat
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Theme update problems
Replies: 8
Views: 4704

Re: Theme update problems

At my end the various topic selection pages are now covered with a heavy pattern which makes identifying the topic you want almost impossible. Not good

There also seems to be a lot of irrelevant info/adverts on page which cover sections of the page. Surely these should be separate?
by davidwat
Thu Dec 22, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Gibraltar
Topic: STENA PERROS
Replies: 1
Views: 616

Re: STENA PERROS

Good to see you posting again, Daniel. Merry xmas to you and yours.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:51 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MONAS ISLE
Replies: 2
Views: 939

Re: MONAS ISLE

Glad some parts of the site seem to be working. Doesn't seem to be the normal access at the moment.
by davidwat
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:46 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Tugs and Work Boats video
Replies: 1
Views: 932

Re: Tugs and Work Boats video

Excellent, Gerry! It almost makes the river seem busy again.
by davidwat
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: Self
Replies: 3
Views: 1826

Re: Self

Yes, very good indeed. I guess when you are doing a "selfie" such as this there must always be the temptation to "improve" the original, rather that the "warts and all" approach?
by davidwat
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Memorial for Angus & Frances
Replies: 8
Views: 3861

Re: Memorial for Angus & Frances

PS Mr Moderator, I see the clocks havn't gone back yet!!!
by davidwat
Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:09 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Memorial for Angus & Frances
Replies: 8
Views: 3861

Re: Memorial for Angus & Frances

Hi Tom,

Thanks very much for arranging that on our behalf, it looks just fine. The only regret is that our friends Angus and Frances won't ever get to sit on it in the sun.
by davidwat
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Clydesite
Replies: 4
Views: 3011

Re: Clydesite

The fact that the site has been down now for 1 week, with no information, certainly indicates to me a lack of interest in the well being of the site, and it's members. But perhaps I'm just old fashioned.
by davidwat
Thu Sep 22, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Clydesite
Replies: 4
Views: 3011

Re: Clydesite

Since the weekend on this occasion, Brian. Seems to be little, or no owner interest nowadays. Pity.
by davidwat
Mon Jun 27, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: The Send of the Sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: The Send of the Sea

Yes, Jim, that's the one, and was a very good read. Remember the other titles as well.
by davidwat
Sun Jun 26, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: The Send of the Sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: The Send of the Sea

Thanks for that, Jim. What brought it to mind was that I read a book some 40 years ago called "The Scend of the Sea", and, of course, I've forgotten the author's name!
by davidwat
Sun Jun 26, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: MARITIME ART
Topic: The Send of the Sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1080

Re: The Send of the Sea

I always get great pleasure from your paintings, they express the movement of the sea and vessels so well. Now I have no wish to be pedantic, or to cause offence, but would I be correct in saying that "send" in ths usage is most often spelt "scend"?
by davidwat
Wed May 11, 2016 9:30 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TS Queen Mary to return to the Clyde
Replies: 44
Views: 10053

Re: TS Queen Mary to return to the Clyde

I last saw her lying very forlornly in Tilbury 30 years ago when I took an Iranian ship in there. Her funnel, she only had one in those days was lying on the dockside. Congratulations to all concerned for their hard work and sheer "cussedness" which has resulted in her finally returning to her "ain ...
by davidwat
Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipowners
Topic: ISLE OF LEWIS in James Watt Dock, Greenock.
Replies: 2
Views: 2246

Re: ISLE OF LEWIS in James Watt Dock, Greenock.

Sailed on her as C/O for 2 years up until 1999. In my opinion she had the best car deck layout of any vessel in the fleet. (Haven't been on Loch Seaforth as yet). Whether a full load of artics or a full load of cars, including the mezz decks, you could load/unload quickly and safely well within the ...
by davidwat
Thu Dec 24, 2015 2:08 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 1710

Re: Merry Christmas

A very Merry Xmas to everyone, and best wishes for the New Year.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 23, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: YACHTING
Topic: GLOBAL
Replies: 2
Views: 896

Re: GLOBAL

Alisdair,

The only difference I see is big, bigger, and biggest! However, I wouldn't half mind one!
by davidwat
Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: JR MORE 1961: Ferguson, Port Glasgow
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: JR MORE 1961: Ferguson, Port Glasgow

Hi Paul,
She was still in Durban when I visited there last month. Alongside her, sat on the pier, is the last of the old pilot boats that used to work out of Durban. Sorry to say, I didn't get a photo of them, usually because I was passing in a taxi.
by davidwat
Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: LANARKSHIRE 1940 - Greenock
Replies: 4
Views: 961

Re: LANARKSHIRE 1940 - Greenock

I was Cadet on her when she changed from Umgazi to Grysbok in Cape Town on 17/5/1960. Roy Harber was the Master.
by davidwat
Tue Sep 29, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: To End All Wars
Replies: 1
Views: 1226

Re: To End All Wars

My elder sister worked for Ernest Gordon while he was Dean at Princeton Uni in 1959. He was the son of the Principal Lighthouse Keeper at Cloch, Cumbrae and Toward lighthouses during the time my father was Master of Works at the Clyde Lighthouses Trust. It was through this connection that my sister ...
by davidwat
Tue Sep 22, 2015 2:03 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: BRITISH MONARCH 1965: Scotts' Greenock
Replies: 1
Views: 653

Re: BRITISH MONARCH 1965: Scotts' Greenock

Vennachar had a blue hull, Paul. British Monarch was launched with a red hull later changed to blue.
by davidwat
Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?
Replies: 7
Views: 3680

Re: NEW SHIPYARD FOR THE CLYDE?

There would be ample area in the immediate vicinity for the various building requirements for a shipbuilding yard, but only a shipbuilding yard. The modern yards in the far east now contain engine building industries, smelting works, steel manufacturing works, interior outfitting works, shipbuilding...
by davidwat
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Barge for BAE Inbound Today
Replies: 52
Views: 16945

Re: Barge for BAE Inbound Today

A Flotilla of tugs, Allan.

Saw them arriving at the Tail of the Bank, and assumed it must be for BAE.

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