Wednesday, 2 June 2010


Seen heading down the Firth after another visit to Glasgow for stores, the National Environemtal Research Council's DISCOVERY was on her way to Avonmouth on the Bristol Channel. Approaching fifty years old, she belies her age as she was given a major refit twenty years ago which transformed her appearance completely. Built as Aberdeen by the Hall Russell yard, she was a forerunner of the Royal Navy's 'H' class survey ships (now withdrawn) which were developed from her design. DISCOVERY is due for replacement in the next couple of years - a new vessel, which will carry the same name, is to be built in Spain.