Saturday, 27 October 2012

Double header steam tour - The West Highlander

With the end of the Jacobite season now over ont the Fort William to Mallaig line, two of the engines returned to their base in Lancashire.

Once again the weather has not been with us as there have been several heavy showers this afternoon.

However there have been enough dry spells to allow some photos.

44871 approaching Crianlarich station
45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier'
44871 flying a pair of saltires
Double header taking on water at Crianlarich station
The 'West Highlander' approaching Arrochar station
45407 sitting at Arrochar

Argyll & Rannoch Moor

Took a trip up north and ended up on the A82 in Rannoch Moor.

Winter is just around the corner with the streams and bogs begining to ice up.

Snow hasn't started lying yet, but I'm sure it won't be long till the landscape is transformed into a white wilderness.

Panoramic view over Loch Tulloch
A small stream runs through the moorland
Lochan na h-Achlaise
Loch Ba
Loch Ba

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Waverley's final sail of the season

PS Waverley came back to the Clyde this weekend. She was due to cruise on Saturday and Sunday but, due to bad weather, she didn't make it back in time for the Saturday sailing.

Today's passengers had the best weather all week for their trip.

Taken from Port Glasgow with Cardross in the background
Berthed at Customhouse Quay
Waverley departing Customhouse Quay on the season's final cruise
Next stop Helensburgh
Return to Greenock as dusk descends
The remaining passengers waiting to head for Glasgow

Yasa Unsal Sunar

Bulk carrier Yasa Unsal Sunar came down from Glasgow after unloading her cargo of animal feed.

Svitzer tug Anglegarth assisted at the stern.

Bulk carrier Yasa Unsal Sunar
Bulk carrier Yasa Unsal Sunar
Bulk carrier Yasa Unsal Sunar

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Photo marathon

Today was a little different and made me think of photography from different directions.

I was entered into a photo marathon organised by East Renfrewshire Council.

All I was told was that I would receive 6 text messages an hour apart with the topic for a photograph.

Well, not sure how I got on, but here are my entries.

1 - A picture using my competition registration number

2 - Energy

3 - Reflect

4 - Joy

5 - Words

6 - Life

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Clyde tugs

Most of the local tugs were in action today.

All three Svitzers and two Clyde Marine tugs passed by within about an hour.

Svitzer Milford

Svitzer Milford


Anglegarth's bridge

Ayton Cross following Levana upriver to Rothesay Dock

Ayton Cross

Battler & Biter returning to harbour after escorting Belgian support ship Godetia

Clyde Marine tug Battler

Second Clyde Marine tug Biter heading for Victoria Harbour


Shortly after the minehunters sailed out, Gibraltar registered tanker Levana passed on her way to Rothesay Dock.

Joint Warrior departures

With this year's exercises over, the final ships left Glasgow to return to their regular duties.

Belgian minehunter M923 Narcis leads the covoy

M923 Narcis

M923 Narcis

German minehunter M1058 Fulda passing Greenock

Officer on duty on M1058 Fulda

M1058 Fulda

M314 Sakala closely followed by M864 Willemstad

M314 Sakala started out as HMS Inverness before being sold to Estonia

Sandown class minehunter M314 Sakala

Tripartite class Netherlands minehunter M864 Willemstad

M864 Willemstad at the rear of the convoy

A960 Godetia being assisted by tugs Battler and Biter

A960 BNS Godetia is a command and logistical support ship
A single flypast as A960 Godetia departs the Clyde