CalMac's Rothesay ferry BUTE is no stranger to Gourock Pier, as she has been regularly berthing there overnight while reconstruction work continues at Rothesay . However it was for another reason that she was at Gourock today - a combination of a high tide and the weather. The small vessel in the foreground is Clyde Marine Service's SEABUS, used to provide a link between the railhead at Gourock, the village of Kilcreggan on the Rosneath peninsula, and Helensburgh. She too was affected this afternoon by the fierce westerly wind, and was securely moored at her berth awaiting an improvement before she could continue her service.
As can be seen in this view, the sun did come out between the heavy showers, although the white horses visible behind BUTE show that the wind continued to blow hard.
BUTE is seen in this last view as she sets out from Gourock and heads down the Firth from to Rothesay. Click here to see a short video clip of BUTE sailing past Ashton on her way down the Firth.