Friday, 23 September 2016

MV Balmoral

Built in 1949, MV Balmoral is now a heritage pleasure steamer but was originally used as a car ferry operating between Southampton and the Isle of Wight.

Once owned by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, who also own the paddle steamer Waverley, Balmoral is now operated by White Funnel Ltd, mostley around the coast of Wales and the south of England.

Having come up to the Clyde for September Weekend and Millport Illuminations, I managed to get some  pictures as she dropped off some of her passengers before returning to Glasgow overnight.

The latest reports are that Saturday and Sunday's sailings have been cancelled due to high winds forecast.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Avro Lancaster flying over Largs

The sound of four Rolls Royce Merlin engines is not often heard over Scotland nowadays, but one of two remaining airworthy Lancasters flew over the seaside town of Largs as part of their annual Viking Festival.

The aircraft had been due to take part in other events over the weekend but technical issues and bad weather had delayed her departure from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

The WW2 bomber gave a special salute to local resident Duncan Currie who had been a navigator in the heavy bomber during the war. The promenade was crowded as locals and visitors watched the iconic aircraft provide a wonderful display.