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by davidwat
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: VIRGILIA
Replies: 1
Views: 126

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: 506

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: 509

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: 491

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: 481

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

Gnu?
by davidwat
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Memorial for Angus & Frances
Replies: 8
Views: 1568

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: 304

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: 915

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: 797

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: 915

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: 915

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: 1949

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: 1949

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: 1949

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: 234

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: 500

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: 431

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: 657

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: 1568

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: 1568

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: 1246

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: 1246

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: 637

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: 637

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: 637

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: 6162

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: 824

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: 786

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: 453

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: 372

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: 501

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: 751

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: 285

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: 2330

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: 12710

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.
by davidwat
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:20 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: ANGUS.
Replies: 15
Views: 3563

Re: ANGUS.

Thanks for doing that, Brian, it was very good of you. Please pass on my regards when you next visit and tell himl he is very much missed.
by davidwat
Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: Arran Rose, Troon
Replies: 6
Views: 1423

Re: Arran Rose, Troon

Aye, a nice wee boat, Angus. But would need a good Chief to run her, what with multiple screws and all.
by davidwat
Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?
Replies: 5
Views: 1194

Re: POSSIBLE CHANGES AT THE TROON PORT ?

Apparently the good people of Arran were asked what they preferred at the time, and they voted for the Ardrossan pier to take advantage of the slightly shorter crossing. The last people Calmac would have asked would have been the Masters, who would have told them it was a dreadful idea. This has bee...
by davidwat
Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: Arrived Troon 0847 hrs : M.V. GRIPFISK
Replies: 3
Views: 749

Re: Arrived Troon 0847 hrs : M.V. GRIPFISK

I'll second that, Donald. Ye cannae keep a good man down. He must have got his telescope set up just right by the surgeon.
Good to see you back on line Angus. Best wishes to Frances and yourself.
by davidwat
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Churchill's Funeral
Replies: 8
Views: 935

Re: Churchill's Funeral

Was in the Pacific on Scottish Monarch, but we managed to get it on the wireless courtesy of the BBC World Service.
by davidwat
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: GENEALOGY / RESEARCH
Topic: Crew List, Maud S, 1966
Replies: 2
Views: 1324

Re: Crew List, Maud S, 1966

The Port Authorities at Troon should be able to assist with this, Stuart. She would certainly have to register at a first port of entry; where would the nearest one be, Rothesay?
by davidwat
Sun Jan 11, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hebrides
Replies: 1
Views: 604

Re: Hebrides

Each overhaul usually last at least 2 weeks, Chris, unless there is something special being done.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 31, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: New tug for the Clyde
Replies: 15
Views: 1884

Re: New tug for the Clyde

I rather thought that's what would happen, Bill. But just think how many wee ports you would have to visit if you were sailing her home!
by davidwat
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:21 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: HAPPY NEW YEAR
Replies: 5
Views: 704

Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR

A happy New Year to one and all.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: New tug for the Clyde
Replies: 15
Views: 1884

Re: New tug for the Clyde

That'll be some delivery voyage!
by davidwat
Tue Dec 30, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV DORADODIEP SAILING IN AYR YESTERDAY.
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Re: MV DORADODIEP SAILING IN AYR YESTERDAY.

Hi Angus, Yes, I'm old enough to remember the Lignum Vitae stern-tube bearings! I also agree with the use of Greenheart for pier construction, as when, around 1954, the CLT was upgrading the pier at Cumbrae Lighthouse they were able to source Greenheart for the new pilings. The Torch took down all t...
by davidwat
Mon Dec 29, 2014 9:31 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV DORADODIEP SAILING IN AYR YESTERDAY.
Replies: 3
Views: 1051

Re: MV DORADODIEP SAILING IN AYR YESTERDAY.

That's interesting, Brian. I was under the impression that Greenheart was a protected timber, and the main source of supply used to be someplace in Africa. I recall many years ago Ian Burrows, who was our Technical Director with Harrisons(Clyde) Ltd, telling me that they were having great difficulty...
by davidwat
Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Happy Xmas.
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Happy Xmas.

Wishing all Clydemaritimers a very Happy Xmas from sunny (well almost) Greenock.
by davidwat
Sat Dec 13, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: Troon and Ayr - ships arrivals record
Replies: 7
Views: 1989

Re: Troon and Ayr - ships arrivals record

Good to know you're feeling better, Angus, but it must still be a worry for Frances and your other family members. Best wishes to you all for Xmas and the New Tear.
by davidwat
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Shipping at Ayr and Troon
Topic: 07-12-2014 : Arriving Ayr : M.V. BALTIC MERCHANT
Replies: 4
Views: 820

Re: 07-12-2014 : Arriving Ayr : M.V. BALTIC MERCHANT

Angus, sorry to hear you have been poorly, and hope you get stabilised quickly. Best wishes for Xmas and New Year to Frances and yourself.

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