Sunday, 20 July 2008

Glasgow River Festival - 2

Lying at Stobcross Quay, now the highest navigable point on the Clyde for any but the smallest vessels, the minehunters QUORN (inb oard) and MIDDLETON were representing the Royal Navy, with the Northern Lighthouse Board's POLE STAR also open to the public.

To get to their berths below the Finnieston crane, the ships had to pass through the Millennium Bridge and Bell's Bridge. POLE STAR sailed late on Sunday evening, heading back to her Oban base. MIDDLETON was one of the two 'Hunt' class ships built on the Clyde by Yarrow Shipbuilders, more recently known as BAE Systems Scotstoun. QUORN, like the rest, was built by Vosper Thorneycroft at Woolton. Both builders have now formed a merged company, known as BVT Surface Fleet, to build the Navy's two new aircraft carriers.

Offering short cruises down the Clyde past Govan were Clyde Marine's KENILWORTH and THE SECOND SNARK. The latter is seen here departing from Plantation Quay and about to pass Glasgow's own 'Tall Ship', GLENLEE. THE SECOND SNARK celebrated the 70th anniversary of her launch a few weeks ago, having been built by Denny at Dumbarton for their own use as a tug and to tender to new ships running their trials on the Clyde. She spent some years on the Firth of Forth, having used the Caledonian Canal to travel east, and again to return to the Clyde when she was purchased by Munro's in 1969.

One of the smaller vessels on display was not far from her original home. The preserved passenger ferry No. 8 (she has no other official name) was built at Renfrew in 1951, and after a spell at Govan was employed on the Kelvinhaugh ferry across the Clyde just a few yards downstream. She was withdrawn in 1980 and sold to the Forth and Clyde Canal Society, for whom she sailed from Kirkintilloch for a number of years. More recently, she returned to the Clyde, having been taken over by the Clyde Maritime Trust, owners of the GLENLEE. No. 8 now spends most of her time berthed alongside GLENLEE, but does make the occasional special sailing.


Anonymous said...

Very nice sets !!

Gerard Ward said...

lovely record shot,would liked to have seen her on the go myself.