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by duncanwilson
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: PS WAVERLEY 2017
Replies: 101
Views: 8793

Re: PS WAVERLEY 2017

The Herald, this morning, reports that "Passengers were asked to disembark while an assessment of the damage was made". At no time were we actually asked to disembark. Many of us remained on board until the next ferry appeared round the bay. I was standing near the stern so I didn't see what happene...
by duncanwilson
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: UK & Ireland
Topic: Except the Kyles and Western Isles.....
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: Except the Kyles and Western Isles.....

Yes it is the Lochfyne and yes the hull was painted grey, but only for a short period after she entered service in 1931.
by duncanwilson
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: At Elliot Junction
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: At Elliot Junction

Hi Paul,

Where does the branch line go?

Cheers, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipbuilders
Topic: Naval order
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Re: Naval order

Hi Allan, I appreciate and support your sentiments about the future of shipping on the Clyde. The river can still be used as an effective means of moving commuters and tourists up and down the river, however the essential infrastructure has got to be in place before such a service can start. I'm tal...
by duncanwilson
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: QE2
Replies: 1
Views: 552

QE2

Has anyone heard anything about the QE2 finally going for scrapping? I have just been on the The QE2 Story website of which I am not a member. A notice suddenly flashed up saying that the vessel was going to be dismantled.
Dreadfully sad news if it is true.

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Leaving for Aberdeen
Replies: 2
Views: 655

Re: Leaving for Aberdeen

Forgive me for going off at tangent, but what has happened to all the old semaphore signals that have been removed from the railways over the years?
Are they in junk shops or antique shops or have they been taken as souvenirs by British Rail and Network Rail staff?
Just interested.

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Clyde Shipbuilders
Topic: The Meadowside Shipyard of D. & W. Henderson
Replies: 8
Views: 2199

Re: The Meadowside Shipyard of D. & W. Henderson

It looks as if demolition has commenced on the former offices of D & W Henderson. I was passing on the train last night and half the building has almost gone. A tractor with an extended arm was sitting adjacent to the building. I am hoping that it is work to stabilise the building, but I don't think...
by duncanwilson
Wed May 11, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Rest of Europe
Topic: Italia Line's ANDREA DORIA
Replies: 7
Views: 1057

Re: Italia Line's ANDREA DORIA

I take it she was never raised and still lies beneath the waves on the sea bed.
by duncanwilson
Thu Mar 24, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: QUEEN MARY 1936; John Brown Clydebank
Replies: 17
Views: 2470

Re: QUEEN MARY 1936; John Brown Clydebank

What an excellent sequence of photos Paul. Many thanks for showing them.
Was she actually grounded on the river bed when she swung out of control at Dalmuir?

Cheers, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:42 pm
Forum: Royal Navy Shipping
Topic: CONTENDER BEZANT to ARGUS
Replies: 2
Views: 591

Re: CONTENDER BEZANT to ARGUS

Does she not double up as a hospital ship? I think she went to Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak.

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:41 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Gray Dunn
Replies: 2
Views: 874

Re: Gray Dunn

I used to go into the Gray Dunn building about fifteen years ago, maybe more, during the course of my work at the time. The smell of chocolate filled the building. It hit you as soon as you walked in.
by duncanwilson
Thu Dec 24, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 935

Re: Merry Christmas

A very merry Christmas to everyone on ClydeMaritime. All the best for the New Year.

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Partick from above
Replies: 5
Views: 638

Re: Partick from above

Forgive me for questioning your expert knowledge, but did the railway not run along the embankment which runs parallel to South Street, part of which was taken away when that huge car showroom was built?

Curious, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Sad sad news.
Replies: 17
Views: 4174

Re: Sad sad news.

I am so dreadfully sorry to hear this sad news. I never met Angus, but he always sounded so genuine, knowledgeable an interesting. I'm sure he was a lovely guy and and a true gentleman to meet and talk to face to face. Angus will be a great loss to this and other forums. Rest in Peace. Duncan Wilson.
by duncanwilson
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:04 pm
Forum: Maritime Links
Topic: Ship Ahoy 2015
Replies: 1
Views: 2714

Re: Ship Ahoy 2015

Caledonian MacBrayne will be joining Ship Ahoy 2015 which is being held in the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, KA12 8QE on Saturday 11th April. The Museum will be open from 10am until 5pm. As previously stated Saturday 11th April will be an Open Day with free entry to the Museum. A flyer can be vi...
by duncanwilson
Tue Feb 24, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Maritime Links
Topic: Ship Ahoy 2015
Replies: 1
Views: 2714

Ship Ahoy 2015

Ship Ahoy 2015 will be held in the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, KA12 8QE on Saturday 11th April. The Museum will be open from 10am until 5pm. Normally there is an admission charge, however Saturday 11th April will be an Open Day, no charges being levied upon those who visit the Museum. Among th...
by duncanwilson
Sun Jan 11, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV HEBRIDES, AT ARDROSSAN HARBOUR TODAY.
Replies: 6
Views: 1838

Re: MV HEBRIDES, AT ARDROSSAN HARBOUR TODAY.

The CRSC are having a sail on her next Saturday including lunch at the Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot and a visit to the Arran Brewery.

Cheers, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Sat Nov 08, 2014 9:49 am
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: LOCH SEAFORTH
Replies: 24
Views: 6531

Re: LOCH SEAFORTH

I agree with the comments about the paint work. I wonder how long it is going to last.
Does she have a bow visor or clam shell doors?
by duncanwilson
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Spy down from Ardossan
Replies: 2
Views: 377

Re: Spy down from Ardossan

Maybe he was wondering what the strange chap on the quay was doing with the wee box thing he was holding up and pointing in his direction!
by duncanwilson
Thu Sep 04, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Club Syllabuses
Replies: 40
Views: 15337

Re: Club Syllabuses

Just a reminder that Ship Ahoy will be in the Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine. It is in the Syllabus, but not in your note above.
by duncanwilson
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Clyde-Built Ships: Photography
Topic: CARINTHIA 1956: John Brown & Co. Ltd. Clydebank
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: CARINTHIA 1956: John Brown & Co. Ltd. Clydebank

Is that PS Jupiter acting as tender?
by duncanwilson
Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Cowlairs signalbox
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: Cowlairs signalbox

What is meant by the Turkey Yard? Top photo second from the right.
by duncanwilson
Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: CalMac Kids Club
Replies: 0
Views: 544

CalMac Kids Club

I have received this message from Kirsteen Duggan, Campaign Manager for a new initiative called the CalMac Kids Club. It may be of interest to ClydeMaritime Members. The Kids Club is aimed at enhancing the experience of the thousands of children who sail with us every year to and from the islands. T...
by duncanwilson
Thu Jul 10, 2014 9:26 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Yet more wind farms
Replies: 1
Views: 416

Yet more wind farms

I don’t care for this at all. These things are now pointlessly littering the countryside - their accompanying wires, tracks and ironmongery add to the mess. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-28211520 http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/wind-farm-near-moor-opposed.2470262...
by duncanwilson
Sat Jul 05, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: MV THE SECOND SNARK.
Replies: 13
Views: 2865

Re: MV THE SECOND SNARK.

I often feel that their marketing leaves something to be desired. I have not seen anything in the Oban Times apart from an editorial piece and a photograph of Hamish Munro on board The Second Snark, which appeared this week. The cruises from Dunstaffnage are well covered in their website http://www....
by duncanwilson
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Club 55
Replies: 0
Views: 239

Club 55

On Saturday 21st June I travelled from Lenzie to Stranraer using a Club 55 ticket. On arrival at Lenzie Station I was told that Club 55 from Lenzie to Stranraer was not available despite the ScotRail leaflet stating that if you are over 55 “With a Club 55 ticket you can travel anywhere in Scotland f...
by duncanwilson
Sun May 25, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Friends of the West Highland Lines
Replies: 0
Views: 248

Friends of the West Highland Lines

The FWHL Website has been upgraded with loads of new photos and an expanded news page.
Please have a look through the website at:

http://www.westhighlandline.org.uk

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:33 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Tighnabruaich Pier Open Day
Replies: 0
Views: 488

Tighnabruaich Pier Open Day

Can anyone confirm the date of the Tighnabruaich Pier Open Day? This is the day on which Waverley carries out a short sail from the pier. The TPA website does not appear to be up to date, however a search on-line would suggest Saturday 5th July. The Waverley Excursions website does not give anything...
by duncanwilson
Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: Maritime Links
Topic: Ship Ahoy at the Tall Ship
Replies: 2
Views: 2764

Re: Ship Ahoy at the Tall Ship

The engine-room telegraph is ringing Full Ahead for Ship Ahoy at the Tall Ship 2014. The venue is the sailing vessel Glenlee , which is moored on the River Clyde adjacent to the Riverside Museum. The event is being held on Saturday 5th April. As the vessel is open to the public the exhibition will o...
by duncanwilson
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hunterston Backlog
Replies: 2
Views: 593

Re: Hunterston Backlog

What's causing the holdup?

D.
by duncanwilson
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Hunterston turbine was turning today!
Replies: 14
Views: 2877

Re: Hunterston turbine was turning today!

I believe that the tide of opinion is slowly but surely turning against wind turbines. I spend a lot of time walking and climbing around Scotland. There is no doubt that the proliferation of wind turbines is becoming a blot on many a landscape around the country. I stand open to correction, but ther...
by duncanwilson
Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS, ON A VISIT TO TROON.
Replies: 2
Views: 703

Re: HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS, ON A VISIT TO TROON.

The Coastal Cruising Association Scottish Branch had a presentation from Mr Bryan Kennedy on Thursday night entitled "Hebridean Princess in Pictures" during which time we saw photos of Hebridean Princess in such diverse locations ranging from the Clyde to Tobermory, St Kilda, Bergen and other ports ...
by duncanwilson
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: The Cranes – An original poem by Donny O’Rourke
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: The Cranes – An original poem by Donny O’Rourke

Sad, evocative and thought-provoking. Something to remind us of the past achievements of Govan shipbuilding.

Cheers, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Sun Mar 02, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1610

Re: WHERE IS THSI WEE PUFFER ?

To me it looks like the West Kyles heading north towards Kames or Tighnabruaich.
Bute is in the foreground with the hills above Tighnabruaich in the background. There is a house, located on its own, in this location on Bute.

Cheers,Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:43 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS
Replies: 30
Views: 5399

Re: M.V. ISLE OF LEWIS

I've noticed on numerous occasions that when the major units of the CalMac fleet are going from north to south and vice versa they inevitably sail through the Sound of Mull. Is there a reason for this? Why can't they sail up the coast to the west of Islay, Tiree and Coll instead of taking a dog-leg ...
by duncanwilson
Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Well done, the Curlers !
Replies: 7
Views: 547

Re: Well done, the Curlers !

But will Scotland beat Italy on Saturday...........?
by duncanwilson
Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Nae wunnur the fish is scarce !
Replies: 4
Views: 991

Re: Nae wunnur the fish is scarce !

It' s a wonder they are not all crashing in to each other and getting their nets tangled up!
by duncanwilson
Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 92975

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

There's a short article in the Sunday Post with the headline:"Clipper set for its final destination".
I've tried to find it on-line, but it's probably too short.
by duncanwilson
Tue Jan 07, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: The War at Sea
Topic: Convoy PQ 17 and BBC 2 tonight
Replies: 11
Views: 1117

Re: Convoy PQ 17 and BBC 2 tonight

I enjoyed the programme on Convoy PQ 17. It raised a few questions in my mind which some of you may be able to answer. Did the surviving ships in the Atlantic or Russian convoys make it back to their home ports safely, where ever that may be? Were they given an escort even though they were empty hav...
by duncanwilson
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Housekeeping
Topic: Merry Christmas
Replies: 4
Views: 2638

Re: Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone on Clyde Maritime.

Regards, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Deltic memories
Replies: 19
Views: 962

Re: Deltic memories

My earliest memory of a Deltic was during the early sixties. It was on a fine summer evening. I was in the kitchen of the family home with my mother when I heard a roaring noise coming from the railway. The house was only one hundred yards from the station. What used to be the Station Master's garde...
by duncanwilson
Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: RAIL
Topic: Queen of Scots Pullman
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Re: Queen of Scots Pullman

I have a vague memory of travelling on the Queen of Scots to Edinburgh during the late fifties/ early sixties.
We were on our way to Edinburgh Zoo, the only time I have ever been there.
by duncanwilson
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: Britain and the Sea on TV tonight
Replies: 4
Views: 1004

Re: Britain and the Sea on TV tonight

Just by chance (or so we are told) Waverley passes by as they head up the Firth.
Dimbleby describes her as "one of the last sea-going paddle steamers in the world". He either has not done his research adequately or he has been misinformed.

Cheers, Duncan.
by duncanwilson
Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:42 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: CALMAC - history
Replies: 5
Views: 1510

Re: CALMAC - history

Donald Meek is a lovely man and a true gentleman. He was Professor of Scottish and Gaelic Studies at the University of Edinburgh before taking his retirement. He has given two presentations to the West Highland Steamer Club, one of which was about McCallum, Orme & Co, a company which, I suspect, is ...
by duncanwilson
Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: WAVERLEY 2013
Replies: 225
Views: 68880

Re: WAVERLEY 2013

I got on at Greenock and was pleasantly surprised to see so many folk on board.
The weather was absolutely glorious all the way to Rothesay, but sadly it didn't last. Probably just as well we only had half an hour at Tighnabruaich.
by duncanwilson
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:14 pm
Forum: CLYDE
Topic: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.
Replies: 286
Views: 92975

Re: TUG & BARGE FOR IRVINE HARBOUR.

A short article in today's Herald has stated that "Australia has agreed to provide funding for the City of Adelaide clipper to return to her home port. Plans for the world's oldest surviving such vessel to make the journey were on hold because payment was delayed by the recent elections in Australia...
by duncanwilson
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: BOARD OF TRADE
Topic: Ship Identification Query
Replies: 7
Views: 2511

Re: Ship Identification Query

By saying "ex-Clyde" do you mean she was built on the Clyde or she saw service on the Clyde?
I can't put any name to her, but I don't recall any similar vessel sailing in service on the Clyde.
by duncanwilson
Sat Oct 05, 2013 9:39 am
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Penultimate piece of St Kilda history
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: Penultimate piece of St Kilda history

His obituary was in the Herald on Thursday. I've just read it again having read your article above.
Many thanks.
by duncanwilson
Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:20 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: You otter see this !
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: You otter see this !

I once saw an otter swimming around in Mallaig Harbour. Not the place I thought I would see an otter. The water looked dirty and oily. Then it occurred to me that he was maybe looking for discarded fish thrown from the fishing boats. He was certainly swimming most gracefully creating hardly a ripple...
by duncanwilson
Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: FOGHORN
Topic: Heading for Bishopbriggs
Replies: 7
Views: 665

Re: Heading for Bishopbriggs

That is a pub in the background if that is any help. The last word on the vertical sign is "Ales" If you look closely at the name above the pub the first three letters of the second word look like "SPR". At a wild guess, given that the tram is heading for Bishopbriggs, I would suggest that the tram ...

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