Monday, 17 December 2012

Ferry launch at Port Glasgow

Once a common occurence on the River Clyde, this was the first launch in 5 years from Ferguson's, the last remaining shipyard on the lower Clyde.

As was fitting for such a rare occassion, the launch was performed by Scotland's deputy first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

MV Hallaig is the first of two hybrid dual fual ferries ordered by Caledonian MacBrayne.

Workers prepare for the ceremony
People starting to come in to witness the launch
Workmen removing the supports to allow the ship to slide into the water, well most of them are busy
Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon performs the launch ceremony....
....while local schoolchildren and the public listen intently
There she goes!!! Hallaig slips smoothly into the water
Nicola Sturgeon posing for photos with the shipyard's first female apprentice

Friday, 7 December 2012


With a forecast of a sunny afternoon, we took a pleasant trip up the A82 to Glencoe looking for some snowscapes.

Although the expected weather did not come, instead giving us clouds and winds with frequent rain showers, it was a very enjoyable day.

Loch Achtriochtan
Loch Leven and Glencoe village
Sunset over Loch Linnhe

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Vos Inspirer

Rescue vessel Vos Inspirer spent a few days in Garvel drydock.

I have to say that she looks so much better than she did when she went in a couple of weeks ago.

After coming out of the drydock she went into James Watt Dock to get her work boats put back in place.