Grace Ritchie

Ex RNLI lifeboat Grace Ritchie returns to Largs Yacht Haven on a stormy 23 February 2008.

Harvest Caroline

Ferguson Transport's Harvest Caroline leaves James Watt Dock in Greenock after overhaul 8 February 2008.


Another day of changeable weather. Caledonian Macbrayne's Bute arrives at Rothesay 24 January 2008.


Libertas, a "Panamax" bulk carrier registered in Croatia, escorted by Ayton Cross (Kindeace and Warrior III were also on station), heads for Hunterson 1 March 2008.

Cape Tavor

Cape Tavor takes bunkers from Aegean Princess while docked at Hunterston 5 January 2008.

Isle of Lewis

Caledonian Macbrayne's Isle of Lewis stands off Gourock as Jupiter passes 6 January 2008. Isle of Lewis was enroute to Garvel dry dock for annual overhaul.


Suomigracht, escorted by Svitzer Mallaig passes Greenock Esplanade en route to the Ocean Terminal 16 February 2008. Interesting deck cargo!

Black Sea

Black Sea slips past Cumbrae (and a flooded Largs seafront), heading for Sullam Voe, today.


Caledonian Macbrayne's Hebrides waiting off Gourock 24 February 2008 en route to Garvel dry dock, Greenock for annual overhaul.


Magdalene escorted by Warrior III and Svitzer Mallaig (Kindeace and Ayton Cross were there also) in the Largs Channel 23 February 2008 en route to Hunterston.

SD Tornado

SD Tornado drops personnel off at Largs en route to Kyle of Lochalsh 17 February 2008, while Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira passes by.

Ocean Crescent

Ocean Crescent escorted by tugs SD Nimble, Svitzer Mallaig and Ayton Cross (obscured) heading down the Largs Channel into Hunterston 11 February 2008 (Kindeace was also there!). Incredible weather- light pollution in February!

Loch Fyne

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Fyne arrives at Largs Pier 11 February 2008 to drop off crew cars en route to Garvel dry dock, Greenock for her annual overhaul. Another lovely winter day in 2008!

SD Nimble, SD Tornado

SD Nimble assists a defective SD Tornado from James Watt Dock, Greenock into Garvel dry dock, 22 January 2008. En route, they nearly scratched the newly painted Caledonian Mcabrayne's Isle of Lewis which was completing her overhaul in the wet.

NLB Pharos

NLB Pharos at Cutom House Quay, Greenock 8 February 2008. This year certainly has seen a mix of weather!


As a fan of WWII British films on a Sunday afternoon (when a boy!), this shot of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 (SNMCMG1) taken on 24 January 2008 felt quite evocative. Maybe the weather, the formation or just me! The ships providing the spectacle were M04 Imanta Latvia, M924 Primula Belgium, M1050 Weilheim Germany and M39 HMS Hurworth.

Isle of Mull

Caledonian Macbrayne's Isle of Mull at Ardrossan's Irish Berth while on the Ardrossan - Brodick run 18 december 2007. In the background is Caledonian Isles continuing her refit at the Arran berth (allegedly!!). Caledonian Isles took the run back later that afternoon and Isle of Mull returned to the Oban - Mull run. Unfortunately, she was so unsuccessful on the Arran run (mostly due to the appalling weather), informed opinion reckons she will not be back at Ardrossan!

Loch Alainn

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Alainn handles some rough weather on the Largs - Cumbrae run 18 January 2008. Nothing new to her though!

Loch Nevis

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Nevis in James Watt Dock, Greenock 24 October 2007 following her annual overhaul. In the background, work continues on Lord of the Isles in Garvel drydock. Another sunny day!


Caledonian Macbrayne's Saturn on the Gourock - Dunoon run 11 November 2007. She was called from lay-up at Rosneath to take over from her defective sister Jupiter. Incredible day , weather wise!

The sky is bruised.....

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira at Cumbrae slip 5 November 2007. Changeable weather!

Loch Shira

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira takes over the Largs- Cumbrae run from Loch Alainn 25 November 2007 following repairs at the Wires.

Loch Alainn

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Alainn taking over the Largs - Cumbrae Service on 18 November 2007. Loch Shira headed to the Wires to get some remedial work done.

Two Lochs and an Island

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira, Loch Linnhe and Isle of Cumbrae caught at Largs Pier on 3 November 2007. All three ferries are on, or have seen service on, the Largs - Cumbrae run through the years. Rare, I think to see them all together!