Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira leaves Cumbrae slip with Grace Ritchie and Unknown (still!) crossing in front 12 April 2008.
Container ship Encounter heads up river, from Liverpool, heading for Greenock Ocean Terminal 12 April 2008.
Bulk carrier Luise Oldendorff leaves Hunterston, ably assisted byKindeace and Warrior III, 12 April 2008.
A mere 24 hours after arriving, Nancy Knutsen outbound for an undisclosed location approaching Tomont End 11 April 2008.
Luise Oldendorff was all fast at 15:50 and unloading was well underway by 16:45 10 April 2008. Fishing boat for company!
Tanker Nancy Knutsen heads up river bound for Finnart with pilot cutter Mount Stuart in the foreground 10 April 2008.
Clydeport's pilot cutter Mount Stuart passes inside Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira 10 April 2008. Mount Stuart had a busy afternoon as inter alia, Matilde and Aasheim left the Clyde and Luise Oldendorff and Nancy Knutsen arrived.
Coaster Aasheim lies inside whilst Luise Oldendorff berths at Hunterston 10 April 2008. Aasheim was loading coal bound for Manisty and left for her destination at 15:50.
Bulk Carrier Luise Oldendorff heads for Hunterston chaperoned by the ever faithful Svitzer Mallaig 10 April 2008.
Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Riddon, Loch Portain and Loch Shira together at Largs Pier 08 April 2008.
Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira arrives at Largs slip with Loch Portain in the background 08 April 2008. Loch Portain was at Largs to pick up crew cars before heading North to resume her summer schedule, however unexpected repairs were required at Largs.
Caledonian Macbrayne's Caledonian Isles leaves Ardrossan Harbour while Type 45 Destroyer HMS Daring lies off in the background 08 April 2008. Shortly after this picture was taken, Daring was "assaulted" by helicopters and fighter bombers before heading off at 20+ knots! Second stage sea trials are definitely rigorous!
Anti-aircraft specialist Type 45 destroyer HMS Daring passes Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira whilst on second stage sea trials 07 April 2008. A super shot provided by ClydeNavalGazing correspondent Neil Robertson.
Bulk carrier Matilde unloads at Hunterston 07 April 2008. Large as she is, she is still dwarfed by the scale of those cranes!
Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Riddon taking the 19:15 Largs - Cumbrae crossing 07 April 2008. Loch Shira lies at the pier undergoing minor repairs after damage caused by the recent storms.
SD Oronsay en route to Lamlash 07 April 2008. An HMS minesweeper (as yet unknown) was in the background but conditions precluded a clear picture (Warship 18?- comments welcome!).
Clydenes passes SD Salmoor en route to Hunterston 07 April 2008. Salmoor was moving to Lamlash from Fairlie.
Liberian registered bulk carrier Matilde heading for Hunterston 06 April 2008. She was chaperoned by tugs Ayton Cross, Svitzer Mallaig, Kindeace (which had just come up river from another job) and (surprisingly?) Munro's Bruiser (I think! maybe Battler?).
Ex RMAS SD Salmoor passes Caledonian Macbrayne's Loch Shira en route to Fairlie 06 April 2008. Salmoor could do with a coat of paint!
Clydeport's pilot cutter Mount Stuart (with Mount Stuart House in the background) heading for a rendezvous with Pantelena 05 April 2008.