Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Greenock Sugar Sheds

Built in the 1880's but lying mostly empty for the past 20, the Sugar Sheds were for a long time the hub of the sugar industry in Greenock.

After Tate & Lyle moved out of Greenock this wonderful Grade A listed building fell into neglect and was almost lost when it went on fire in 2006.

The sugar sheds, one of the finest examples of a red brick and cast iron building in the country, caught the public's eye when it was used as a venue for the 2011 Tall Ships Race when it came to Greenock.

Part of the Sugar Sheds  has been opened up for access by Absent Voices, a local art project which tells the story of Greenock's sugar industry. I went along to one of their events to photograph this beautiful building and it's surroundings.

Greenock's Sugar Sheds
Combined images
This was once a busy workplace
Old hinge, new string
Titan crane which would have been used to unload and load visiting ships

Sunday, 21 September 2014


This year's cruise programme is drawing to an end with only a few visits remaining.

Hapag Lloyd expedition ship Hanseatic is one of our smallest visitors this year but her lines have a beauty that is missing from some of the larger ships.

She sailed out as the sun set on a beautiful autumn day, her next destination Staffa.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Royal Princess

Big isn't always beautiful, and I wouldn't call Royal Princess a good looking cruise ship.

She is the biggest liner to call at Greenock this year and the second largest of all time, only beaten by Queen Mary 2 which is a much nicer ship.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Day Out With Thomas

Last week I spent a day out with my friend Thomas at The Scottish Airshow at Ayr.

Today I met another Thomas - Thomas the Tank Engine.

Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway held one of their theme days where Thomas and his friends brought much excitement to hundreds of kids and their parents.

Duchess of Sutherland

For the second time this year I have followed a steam train around "The Forth Circle".

46233 The Duchess of Sutherland started her tour at Linlithgow station, making her way across the iconic Forth Bridge into Fife before heading for Stirling and back to Linlithgow on the south side of the Forth.

I selected a few locations near the beginning of her journey crossing the river at the Kincardine Bridge to keep our trip shorter.

The Duchess did two laps of the circle which allowed us a second bite at the steam powered cherry.

46233 Duchess of Sutherland arriving at Linlithgow Station

Ready to set off round the Forth Circle
Coastal path at Culross
46233 Stopped to take on water 
Crossing the Forth Bridge
Duchess of Sutherland at Culross
46233 Duchess of Sutherland on the coastal line through Culross

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Greenock Tobacco Warehouse

Greenock has many wonderful historic buildings, many of which are well documented, but this little gem has avoided my attention until this year's "Doors Open Day".

The late Victorian listed building is on Clarence Street beside what was once the Albert Harbour.

Many thanks to local architect Dominic Quigley and Absent Voices art project for preparing this building for public exhibition.

Decades of discolouration add texture to the stairwell
I don't think the chair is part of the building but I like the highlights on it
The light coming through the upper windows fall on the feet of the iron pillars
A frame within a frame

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Scottish Airshow

With the demise of RAF Leuchars, Scotland lost one of its few airshows.

The hole was filled this year with the revival of the Prestwick Airshow after an absence of 22 years.

The airshow was held over 2 days but I only managed to the free flying display on the Saturday which was held at Low Green in Ayr.

Below are some of the acts who performed at Ayr. More pictures can be viewed in my gallery.

RV8tors display team
Pitts Special S-1S performing a manoeuvre
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team are all ex Red Arrows pilots
Second World War flying boat Consolidated PBY Catalina
RAF trainer aircraft Hunting Percival P.84 Jet Provost
Shorts Tucano T1 paying tribute to the fallen of past wars
Avro Vulcan bringing the show to a thunderous close