Tag Archives: Portavadie

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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Latifa, full and by

“Poor Latifa: always head to wind,” many a knowledgeable sailor thinks when paying respects to Fairlie Parish Church’s beautiful wind vane. Yesterday off Ardlamont – the south-western tip of Argyll’s Cowal Penninsula – during The Fife Regatta’s thrash from Tighnabruaich … 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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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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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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