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The weekend… pad

Not a Watson in sight here. But the story of G.L. Watson’s rise to fame as a designer of superb yachts of all types is very much part of the 19th Century development of the Firth of Clyde as a … Continue reading

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Green Launch 3

After a public vote, the world’s second hybrid ferry – to be launched in May at Ferguson Shipbuilders, Port Glasgow – will be called Lochinvar, from Walter Scott’s 1808 poem Marmion, and following the “Scottish Literature Class” theme of her … Continue reading

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Green Launch 2

There have been some fun contributions to the ForArgyll west coast of Scotland news blog’s invitation to come up with a more appropriate name than officialdom’s short leet for the hybrid ferry sistership to Hallaig, presently in build at Ferguson … Continue reading

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The Weekend Watson – Lufra

For those suffering the worst of winter right now, here’s a bright sunny image – even in monochrome – from the mid-1890s. The gaff-rigged cutter Lufra eats up the Clyde off Dunoon in a stiff nor’westerly, her cotton sails by … Continue reading

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Green Launch

In the first chapter of G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design – according to Tom Cunliffe in his recent Yachting World review, “a ‘scene setter’ describing the launch of Sir Thomas Lipton’s Shamrock II, with nobility, … Continue reading

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The “Big Class” on Film, 1899

As part of the research for G L Watson – the Art and Science of Yacht Design, we discovered in the Irish Film Institute’s Irish Film Archive an amazing film clip from the Golden Age of Yachting. The year is … Continue reading

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