Tag Archives: Isle of Bute

Speed, grace and beauty – The Clyde Fortnight 1923

For 13 tantalising seconds in the newly released Pathe archive newsreel above, we are treated to the full broadsides beauty of King George V’s G.L. Watson-designed cutter, Britannia: the special one; probably the most famous racing yacht there will ever be; … Continue reading

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Order of the Thistle

It continues to be the America’s Cup silly season: the void between the last, enthralling episode, and the next; wherever it may be; in whatever boats… And crew nationality has raised its head. Last year’s ‘American’ defender, Oracle Team USA, … Continue reading

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Summer of ’68 – The Tobermory Race

This is not a classic yacht race. In the late 1960s, the elegant, bespoke, mostly locally designed and built yachts seen in the beautifully planned, filmed and paced documentary below were the norm on the Firth of Clyde and West … Continue reading

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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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The Weekend Watson – S.S. Hebrides

The world’s first hybrid roll-on-roll-off ferry, Hallaig, built by Ferguson Shipbuilders of Port Glasgow for Caledonian MacBrayne’s Sconser (Skye) / Raasay route, began trials last week on the Firth of Clyde. When launched last December, she was billed as the … Continue reading

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High wire act

This wonderful image from G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design of Shamrock II’s huge jackyard topsail being raised at Rothesay, Isle of Bute in 1901 made The Herald Scotland magazine’s Saturday Portfolio spot last weekend. Try … Continue reading

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Scottish literature class

When Tarbert Loch Fyne poet George Campbell Hay (1915-1984) worked 1930s summers aboard the herring skiff Liberator, the local fishing fleet would have been universally motorised, either by conversion or by design. Perhaps reflecting this transition, in his maritime work … Continue reading

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A wee adventure

The Fifes are not the only beautiful wooden yachts paying a special visit to the Firth of Clyde in the summer of 2013. The old and not so old ladies (shh, some of them might even be plastic and sport … Continue reading

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Return of the Dragon

The beautiful Fife yachts return to the Firth of Clyde this year to pay homage to the waters of their birth from 28 June to 5 July. After an initial rendezvous on ‘Fairlie Roads’, moored at and anchored off Largs … 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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