Fort Austin

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Austin moored off Greenock 6 January 2008. First time I have ever seen "battleship grey" actually reflect light, I think!


Belgian Naval Minsweeper Primula M 924 caught mid-firth from Caledonian Macbrayne's Bute 24 January 2008. She is part of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group. More information can be found here .

Mersey Mammoth

Peel Port's Mersey Mammoth, "The largest sea-going self propelled crane on the UK West Coast" passing Ardmaleish Boatyard en route to Rothsay Pier 24 January 2008. She was employed in the removal of the old side loading linkspan at Rothesay.


Warrior III and Ayton Cross (Kindeace (centre) was left behind) leave James Watt Dock, Greenock, to play catch up with Svitzer Mallaig (already running) en route to dock bulk carrier Jin He at Hunterston 22 January 2008.

Coruisk, Jupiter

Caledonian Macbrayne's Jupiter passes Coruisk off Gourock 24 February 2008. Coruisk was on the Gourock - Rothesay run which been a new addition(due to bad weather!) to the timetable in 2008.


A tired looking Dura lies at Hunterston 5 November 2007. My first attempt at a shot from Great Cumbrae.


Regular visitor Mornes docks at Hunterson 4 March 2008. Norwegian registered Mornes frequently ships coal from Hunterston to Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland on contract. The docking manoeuvres are very impressive (mostly astern!).


Crew of Clydeport's Torch, which is used to maintain navigational aids in Clydeport's domain, work on a buoy in Ardrossan Harbour 4 March 2008. Lovely weather. It would appear that Torch is operating out of Largs Yacht Haven for the duration.


Libertas unloading at Hunterston 2 March 2008.

Loch Fyne

Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Fyne called at Largs to pick up crew cars en route back to Mull, following overhaul at Greenock 2 March 2008. Loch Shira approaches Largs slip as Loch Fyne departs.