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I was on board on Friday and we were 15 mins late leaving Glasgow due to a generator fault, and then another 15 minutes was lost at Kilcreggan due to another generator issue. What is going wrong with the state of this ship? How is this never ending list of failures happening?
After the slagging she got in the Herald last week over the way the earlier cancellations were handled- lack of notifications etc - this is not good news.
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PS Look like they are starting off at Largs now with a bus up from Ayr. The Auld Tub is on her way downriver now.
https://stv.tv/news/west-central/139645 ... -on-board/
This report refers to the pier, but looking at the video I reckon it’s the promenade. The ship is still at Rothesay – all weekend sailings have been cancelled.
This was her last weekend in Scotland, before embarking on her voyages to Liverpool and North Wales, then the Bristol Channel, then the South Coast, finally the Thames. Reports refer to “minor damage” – sincerely hope so, otherwise the financial implications of not fulfilling most if not all of these commitments could be very serious.
The damage was about 3 feet above the water line and bent the stem to starboard. There was no ingress of water. She will need some in dry dock to straighten her nose and hopefully get back to sailing next week.
No way suggesting this is a cause of the incident, simply making an observation, because the forward motion of the ship would probably have broken the rope anyway.
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 happened. We moved round the knuckle of the pier. I thought we were moving forward a bit faster than usual and getting a bit too close to the promenade, then we hit, what I thought was the promenade wall.
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Let’s hope it’s only these two days that are affected.
Her speed going down the Firth of Clyde yesterday of 14/15 knots reduced to around 11.5 knots by the time she passed Ailsa Craig. However, reckon she has maintained that as an average speed up to now, currently making 11 knots.
Weather-wise, yesterday evening she was experiencing 12 knot north-westerlies - current winds are westerly, 7 knots.
Since last post, she has marginally increased speed, probably averaging around 12.5 knots although currently showing at 11.3 knots.
Winds in the area have veered back to north-westerlies, 16 knots – this to continue for the next six hours or so.
Given her current speed, reckon she should “round the corner” around 2330hrs BST tonight.
Let's hope for a trouble-free and financially successful few weeks' sailings on the South Coast and on the Thames, then Haste Ye Back!
Every confidence in PS WAVERLEY, westerly winds at 23 knots no doubt helping but.... is that a technical clitch?
Destination is showing as Whitstable in Kent, ETA 1230hrs tomorrow.
Currently passing Eastbourne making a healthy 16 knots, winds in the area are north-westerly, 12-14 knots.
Currently passing the Isle of Wight, making 14 knots.
Given the current weather conditions in the area of 20-knot SW winds, increasing to 25 knots by tomorrow, seems unlikely she will depart Weymouth any time soon.
Winds today forecasted up to 24 knots, south-westerly. Tomorrow they become westerly, dropping to 15 knots, so would like to think she could possibly start the homeward leg in the early hours of Thursday.
Problem is if she is to fulfil her schedule for the final week-end of her year, and given that her outward journey from CHQ to Weymouth took around 43 hours, she really does need to set off as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.
Currently about 25 miles out of Weymouth and making 9.5 knots heading almost due west, she is facing 18 knot headwinds, although they are forecast to ease to around 13/14 knots by dawn tomorrow.
Further updates in the morning, meanwhile wishing her a safe journey home.
And, as a wee bonus for us intending passengers - the weather forecast for this weekend is showing a slight improvement so here's hoping.......
PS Just checked again on AIS (she is off Porthcurno making 12.5 knots and just about to turn the corner) and noticed that she is giving her eta in Glasgow as 19:00 on Saturday 14th, not Friday 13th as expected. Mistake, or are they planning for a lay-over somewhere en route to ride out the forecast gales?
Current position is about 18 miles due west of St Ives, heading 358 degrees and making 12.5 knots. Wind is 14-knot south-westerly.
Regarding ETA Glasgow, their website is still inviting bookings for Saturday sailings – mind you, that could change anytime…..
Update at 17:05 ; maybe not as there's been some "left hand down a bit" to 008º and looking like she'll pass close abeam St David's.
Winds are currently 24 knots south-westerly – the fact that these are tail-winds probably helps rather than hinders her progress; however the sea-state could be a factor to be considered.
Overnight, winds are forecasted to increase to 28 knots by dawn in the main channel – 23/24 knots if they choose to hug the Cardigan Bay coastline. Her movement in the next half-hour may indicate the choice.
However, can advise that the Waverley website is now advising that Saturday’s cruise will not operate “as the ship has not been able to reposition in time due to weather conditions”.
Needless to say, WEL website advises tomorrow’s sailings are cancelled.
Hopefully the weather window will remain open long enough for her to complete the (approx.) 110 nautical miles back to the Science Centre - at 12 knots would take around 9 hours.
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