Thursday, 29 August 2013

Osprey Fighter

Some pictures of tug boat Osprey Fighter, heading up the River Clyde towing an empty barge.

Word is that they are going up to collect some parts from Babcox in Renfrew.

All good signs that business is good at the manufacturing plant.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Saga Sapphire

An early morning rise once again, this time to see Saga Sapphire.

She arrived in Greenock just before 7:30am with Svitzer tug Anglegarth waiting to assist her.

In the hope of catching her in a more favourable light, I stopped of at the Esplanade as she departed for Isle of Man this evening.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

MS Rotterdam

After a late night waiting for Caribbean Princess's 2am departure, I missed the arrival of Rotterdam next morning.

This was her first visit to Grenock, although other ships of the Holland America Line have been in before.

I did however go down to see her leaving shortly after 7pm this evening.

Caribbean Princess

We have had several visits this year from Caribbean Princess, yesterday being her final visit.

She had a late departure with many of her passengers being at Edinburgh Military Tattoo in the evening.

The mist threatened to to obscure her 2am departure, but lifted enough to make her visible.

I took a trip to Customhouse Quay first as Waverley was berthed overnight.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

MSC Magnifica

The second of two ships to visit Greenock today, MSC Magnifica arrived a little before eight o'clock this morning.

While Aida Cara was tying up at the ocean terminal canted and slowly backed in at the west side of the terminal.

Clydeport's workboat Torch was on hand to assist with the ropes as Magnifica pulled alongside the dock.

Aida Cara

German cruise liner Aida Cara made an early morning arrival on the Clyde today.

The sun tried several times to break through the clouds.

As always, she looked happy to be here.

Aida Cara passing Gourock
Aida Cara at the Esplanade
Aida Cara being assisted by Svitzer Milford
Aida Cara canting at number 1 buoy
Aida Cara's aft decks

Tuesday, 13 August 2013


While on our way to Roseneath towait for the departure of the US sub, we happened to notice a ship beached at Garelochhead. 

Having a prior engagement, we decided to wait till we were heading back home to stop for a closer look.

By this time the tide was on its way in and covered the entire bottom of the boat.

Aberdovey started out as a MOD fleet tender and is now aparently up for sale.

US Sub outbound

As the saying goes, what goes up must come down.

On Thursday a US Nave sub sailed in to Faslane. Today it headed back to sea.

Several of the crew lined up on the fore and aft decks as she was escorted down the Gareloch by tugs and MOD police launches.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Vision of the Seas

An early rise for Vsin of the Seas coming in this morning.

Her scheduled arrival time was 7am, but as is usual, she was early.

She is scheduled to depart at 7 o'clock this evening.