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The River Clyde with its world wide reputation for designing and building some the greatest ships, liners and steamers ever led the world in ship design and ship building. The term Clyde built is still used today as a reference to quality and workmanship. From the Cutty Sark to the Queen Elizabeth these historic ships all share the proud lineage of being built on the Clyde. Researched, written and produced by Colin M. Liddell using rare archive footage these unique titles capture and unfold the history of Clyde Ships, Shipbuilding, Clyde Paddle and Turbine Steamers, Puffers, Ferries, Tugs and many other vessels that plied the Clyde, our lochs and waters around the West Coast of Scotland during the previous century. 
Henry Bell and his famous ship the Comet the first ship to successfully harness steam power for navigation ushered in the age of steam navigation not only to the River Clyde but across the world. However nowhere was the pace of change and so fast as along the banks of the River Clyde. The Clyde steamer fleet combined with steam railway connections brought remote islands, lochs and hamlets around the River Clyde within reach of the tourists and became a vital lifeline for local people. 

Clyde Steamer Memories Collection 1872 - 1989 A Three Disk Special Edition SAVE £12.00
Once a familiar sight on Clyde waters the numerous iconic Clyde Steamers provided not only a vital transport and freight link to the many towns and islands of the Clyde but from Edwardian beginnings the steamers precipitated the successful development of Clyde “resorts” and a the now infamous trips “Doon the Watter”. In this truly intriguing and compelling account using rare archives we trace the amazing growth, lifetime of service and ultimate sad demise of the Clyde Steamer fleet between 1872 and 1989. We are treated to unrivalled scenes of these graceful iconic Clyde “ladies” in full sail each vessel with dramatic names including “Jupiter”, “Marmion”, “Duchess of Montrose” and “Jeanie Deans” to name but a few. Disk 1 “Clyde Steamer Memories Part 1 1872 - 1948” Includes fabulous rare scenes of Helensburgh from the pier in 1877 PS Hero and Windsor Castle. 1878 and Glasgow Fair Holidays with rare scenes of Ben More, Carrick Castle and Marquis of Lorne, 1885 Campbell’s Ben More, Eagle and Iona. By 1910 major resorts had been established, including Dunoon, Rothesay on beautiful Island of Bute and Millport on the Island of Cumbrae. Wonderful footage of Glasgow and South Western’s Paddle Steamer Juno tied up along the pier at Rothesay with holiday crowds thronging the pier and prom. All aboard in 1925 for a sail doon the watter from Bridge Wharf Glasgow. A proud King Edward fully loaded glides down river complete with a band on board, witness the sleek Queen Empress, Glen Sannox and Kylemore built in 1897. Nostalgic scenes of the Duchess of Argyll arriving in Rothesay Bay amidst the holiday crowds. The T.S. Glen Sannox and P.S. Juno. As the P.S. Caledonia leaves Dunoon we view Burns Highland Mary on Castle Hill. Mercury sister ship to the Caledonia, The Duchess of Fife being berthed in Rothesay Bay and the Duchess of Hamilton arriving at Rothesay and departing for Dunoon 1936. The Queen Empress and unique shots of the P.S. Iona. Helensburgh 1936 with unique scenes of the Lucy Ashton departing for Gourock and the P.S. Waverley in new colours.and many more nostalgic scenes. Disk 2 “Clyde Steamer Memories Part 2 1949 - 1989” This final era for many of these great ladies of the Clyde Steamers marked a turning point where travel needs now included the car and other vehicles and not only passengers. Relive and recall the glorious days of Clyde cruising aboard these unique and in many cases pioneering great Clyde steamers and ships. For example we climb aboard for a cruise to Rothesay, Millport, Dunoon or down The Kyles of Bute aboard one of the many beautiful paddle or turbine steamers including the PS Duchess of Fife, TS Duchess of Montrose, TS Duchess of Hamilton, TS Queen Mary II, PS Caledonia, PS Jupiter, PS Talisman, TS St Columba, MV Lochfyne, MV Glen Sannox and the graceful favourite PS Jeanie Deans or perhaps one of the four “Maids” (Skelmorlie, Argyll, Ashton, Cumbrae) to name but a few great Clyde icons.Recall nostalgic scenes of the 1950s as we join the TS Duchess of Hamilton at Wemyss Bay for a sail to Rothesay Isle of Bute. Disk 3 “Clyde Steamer Memories Part 3 1050 - 1968” More fascinating archive material of the famous Clyde Steamer Fleet covering the period from the early 1950’s to the late 1960’s.A collection of truly noble and favourite Steamers are featured including the “Jeanie Deans” the “Talisman”, “Duchess of Montrose”, “Duchess of Hamilton” and “Queen Mary II” to name but a few. Visiting many popular Clyde resorts like Inverary, Isle of Arran and Lochgoilhead are incorporated to make this a truly nostalgic and beautiful account of times gone by. Total Running time 170 mins Special Price £29.99 (Price for individual DVDs £41.97) saving £12.00.
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DVD Paddle Steamers - Clyde Steamer Memories Part 1
DVD Includes rare scenes of Helensburgh from the pier in 1877 PS Hero and Windsor Castle. 1878 and Glasgow Fair Holidays with rare scenes of Ben More, Carrick Castle and Marquis of Lorne, 1885 Campbell’s Ben More, Eagle and Iona. By 1910 major resorts had been established, including Dunoon, Rothesay on beautiful Island of Bute and Millport on the Island of Cumbrae. Wonderful footage of Glasgow and South Western’s Paddle Steamer Juno tied up along the pier at Rothesay with holiday crowds thronging the pier and prom.All aboard in 1925 for a sail doon the watter from Bridge Wharf Glasgow. A proud King Edward fully loaded glides downriver complete with a band on board, the sleek Queen Empress, Glen Sannox and Kylemore built in 1897. The Duchess of Argyll arriving in Rothesay Bay amidst the holiday crowds. The T.S. Glen Sannox and P.S. Juno. As the P.S. Caledonia leaves Dunoon we view Burns Highland Mary on Castle Hill. Mercury sister ship to the Caledonia, The Duchess of Fife being berthed in Rothesay Bay and the Duchess of Hamilton arriving at Rothesay and departing for Dunoon 1936. The Queen Empress and unique shots of the P.S. Iona. Helensburgh 1936 with unique scenes of the Lucy Ashton departing for Gourock and the P.S. Waverley in new colours. By 1946 Glasgow Central Station sees the start of the summer season as passengers board the trains for the coast. The Talisman, Jeanie Deans and Lucy Ashton, the brand new Waverley, LMS TS King Edward, Caledonia, Marchioness of Lorne, P.S. Jupiter, Loch Fyne, St Columba, Lochnevis, T.S. King George V all back or still in service after the war. 1948 nationalisation sees a regrouping of the Clyde fleet as we sail down river aboard the new Waverley amidst strangely quiet clyde shipyards. The new Waverley as she departs from Gourock arriving at Dunoon passing the Duchess of Montrose sailing for Strone point and Loch Long, passing the Jeanie Deans berthed at Arrochar. Whether you are an enthusiast in maritime history, shipping or history or simply wish to experience or recall this memorable and nostalgic period in our rich history and culture then you will find something here to enjoy. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland Running time 55mins
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DVD Paddle Steamers - Clyde Steamer Memories 1949-1989 Part 2
Continuing the recognition and celebration of the best of “Clydebuilt” engineering and innovation “Clyde Steamer Memories Part 2” provides a rare and beautiful account of the graceful and elegant Clyde steamer fleet remembered by so many with such great affection by all who sailed “Doon the Watter” aboard their favourite steamer. This period from 1949 to 1989 brought many changes in both the design and the number of vessels around the Firth of Clyde. Driven by forces of changing travel patterns, costs and technology sadly we see many of the cherished old favourite steamers withdrawn to be replaced in most cases by car and passenger ferry vessels from of David and Caledonian MacBrayne and others. This final era for many of these great ladies of the Clyde Steamers marked a turning point where travel needs now included the car and other vehicles and not only passengers. Relive and recall the glorious days of Clyde cruising aboard these unique and in many cases pioneering great Clyde steamers and ships. For example we climb aboard for a cruise to Rothesay, Millport, Dunoon or down The Kyles of Bute aboard one of the many beautiful paddle or turbine steamers including the PS Duchess of Fife, TS Duchess of Montrose, TS Duchess of Hamilton, TS Queen Mary II, PS Caledonia, PS Jupiter, PS Talisman, TS St Columba, MV Lochfyne, MV Glen Sannox and the graceful favourite PS Jeanie Deans or perhaps one of the four “Maids” (Skelmorlie, Argyll, Ashton, Cumbrae) to name but a few great Clyde icons. Recall nostalgic scenes of the 1950s as we join the TS Duchess of Hamilton at Wemyss Bay for a sail to Rothesay Isle of Bute. Aboard the Duchess of Hamilton we sweep into Rothesay Bay to a crowded scene of the pier thronging with passengers as we berth alongside P.S. Waverley. As we disembark the PS Caledonia arrives next with the P.S. Jupiter shortly behind adding to the scene and crowds on the pier. Next to arrive is the elegant T.S. Queen Mary II followed by The Maid of Skelmorlie on one of her Café cruises. Last but not least the P.S. Jeanie Deans sweeps into the bay, one of the Clyde’s iconic steamers bringing yet more passengers to Bute. Take this opportunity to join one of these iconic steamers for what sadly was also in many cases their final cruise or season before being withdrawn . For example we sail aboard the TS Duchess of Montrose in 1964 for a cruise around Plada on Ailsa Craig before she was withdrawn that year, a final trip on PS Talisman from Wemyss Bay to Millport in 1966 or sail aboard the P.S. Caledonia in 1969 departing from Craigendoran on what would be her final sail to Millport. In parallel with the withdrawal of these nostalgic steamers we follow the introduction and growth of the fleet of modern ferry vessels whose early pioneers included MV Rose or Keppel, MV Jupiter, MV. Juno, MV Saturn, MV Isle of Arran, MV Linnie and Striven as well as some welcome visitors to the Clyde in the form of the MV Balmoral and MV Queen of Scots. Whether you are an enthusiast or simply want to recall fond memories of these beautiful ships, Clyde places and golden days then you are sure to find something to do so here. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Running Time 60mins
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DVD Paddle Steamers - Clyde Steamer Memories Part 3
Its 1953 Glasgow Fair fortnight and a bright summers morning as we cast off and pull away from Glasgow’s Bridge Wharf aboard the graceful steamer T.S. Duchess of Hamilton with her decks packed with excited fellow passengers and holidaymakers. Slowly we pull away carving an arc of white foam as we gradually make our way out into the main river and a shrill blast of her horn. I can feel the steady familiar powerful reverberations of her powerful engines from the deck beneath as we pick up speed. Heading downriver we pass the Yoker Ferry and the numerous bustling great shipyards of the Clyde, their massive cranes and giant steel hull structures slowly emerging from each dock. Passing the Erskine Ferry the River Clyde now broadening and the familiar sight of Dumbarton Castle comes into view. With the wind in my face and a familiar taste and smell a mixture of salt and soot we gradually enter open water heading for our first stop Gourock. The pier is crowded with passengers, luggage porters and freight eagerly awaiting our arrival. With our compliment of fresh faces, luggage and cargo aboard we pull away from the pier and out into the bay our next destination Dunoon. Once more in open water we are at soon at speed with an escort of screaming gulls overhead. Passing the familiar landmarks of Toward point and lighthouse we approach Dunoon, it’s picturesque Victorian pier and red roofed buildings coming into view with Burn’s Highland Mary keeping an ever watchful lookout over the scene below. Exchanging passengers, luggage and freight casting off we are soon once more churning water as we steam out of Dunoon heading for Rothesay my most cherished holiday destination for the next two weeks. Passing Craigmore we soon steam gracefully into “Sweet Rothesay Bay” passing several steamers on our approach to the pier. As we stream ashore we are welcomed to Bute as we pass beneath Rothesay’s “Floral Arch” as we head for our B&B. The next morning we are once more at the pier queuing to board that old favourite the TS Duchess of Montrose for a memorable day cruise to Inverary. As we gracefully sweep out of Rothesay Bay we are soon cruising amidst some of the most breath-taking scenery anywhere as we sail up through The Kyles of Bute accompanied by sound of the band on board. After a brief stop at Tighnabruich we are soon passing Kames and rounding Ardlamont Point and enter the beautiful scenery of Loch Fyne and our final destination of Inverary the seat of Clan Campbell, Duke of of Argyll. Having taken in the sights, shops and lunch all too soon it’s time to leave and return to the steamer. As we sweep back into Rothesay Bay at the end of a wonderful cruise and memorable day it’s a busy scene as we berth beside a familiar steamer the PS Jupiter with her large contingent of passengers disembarking. As we clamber ashore the truly elegant TS Queen Mary II sweeps into the bay on her final call of the day with yet more passengers eagerly awaiting the start of their holiday. Not to be outdone we are treated to the majestic and popular appearance of David MacBrayne’s magnificent TS Columba cruising slowly into Rothesay Bay as we make our way along the esplanade at the end of another memorable day. This is but one of many nostalgic cruises, steamers and destinations preserved on this unique archive. Cruise and recall many of the other beautiful steamers and trips including those aboard the PS Jeanie Deans, The Talisman, PS Caledonia, TS Queen Mary, The Gay Queen, The Keppel, M.V. Glen Sannox as we call at Arran, Dunoon, Kirn, Sandbank, Fairlie, Craigendorran to name but a few. Whether you are passionate about these beautiful clyde steamers or want to rekindle and rediscover the golden memories of places and trips of days gone by you will be utterly captivated by the nostalgic scenes and memories in this unique production. Narrated by Iain Anderson BBC Scotland Running time 60 mins
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DVD PS Waverley - The Golden Jubilee of the P.S. Waverley (1947 - 1997)
Henry Bell and his famous ship the Comet the first ship to successfully harness steam power for navigation ushered in the age of steam navigation not only to the River Clyde but across the world. However nowhere was the pace of change and so fast as along the banks of the River Clyde. The Clyde steamer fleet combined with steam railway connections brought remote islands, lochs and hamlets around the River Clyde within reach of the tourists and became a vital lifeline for local people. An absolutely unique and comprehensive fascinating visual history of the first 50 years of this world famous clyde pleasure paddle steamer. The P.S. Waverley II, named after Sir Walter Scott’s first novel is the last sea going passenger steamer in the world. Starting with the laying of the keel in 1945 at A&J Inglis Shipyard we follow her construction and fitting out before joining her on her maiden sail in July 1947 to Arrochar in her original LNER colours. Following her as she gracefully sweeps away from the Isle of Arran in July 1947. Enjoy and reminisce amongst the beautiful rare colour scenes as she steams gracefully in and around the islands and ports of the river clyde where we call at Dunoon, Craigendorran, Helensburgh, Arran, Millport and Rothesay and many more during the 1950s and 1960s. We follow her history over the next fifty years as she changes owners, colours and routes several times before finally being acquired by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society from her previous owners CalMac. We hear from her Captain David Neil and his crew as she makes her first sail south in the 1970’s for Newhaven, the River Thames and Tower Bridge, Southend. In May 1980 she sails with flags at half-mast for Dunkirk to mark the 40th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation and for a commemorative service over the very spot where the original Waverley I was sunk accompanied by Captain Cameron the original Captain of Waverley I. Following a boiler replacement in March 1981 we follow the great lady as she continues to draw crowds on her sails around the Clyde and further afield including the Isle of Wight, Southsea, Portsmouth and Bournemouth. Using rare archive film this is truly a unique insight into the history and life to date of this beautiful iconic paddle steamer that has captured the hearts and affections of so many during her distinguished lifetime and service. It should be acknowledged that she remains in service today largely as a result of the efforts and tremendous work by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society and its members, donors and volunteers. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Scotland R/T 82mins
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DVD Paddle Steamers - Paddle Steamers of Loch Lomond
Paddle Steamers of Loch Lomond 1816 - 1981 A 150 year detailed history of the beautiful and graceful Paddle Steamers steamers of Loch Lomond with extremely rare archive material. 1953 sees a new Paddle Steamer in Loch Lomond’s long distinguished steamer history and procession with the launch The PS Maid of The Loch, built at the Pointhouse Yard of A&J Inglis. Majestic this sleek and beautiful paddle steamer was the largest steamer to sail on this famous beautiful Loch and sadly also was the last paddle steamer ever built in Great Britain. Less well known perhaps is the long history of beautiful ships that graced Loch Lomond starting in 1816 just five years after Bells Comet when David Napier launched the wooden hulled Loch Lomond paddle steamer Marion , which was then joined by rival The Lady of the Lake in 1825. The next 150 years witnessed a steady introduction of graceful and beautiful steamers that in general steadily grew both in number and in size. This extremely unique DVD production follows the evolution of these elegant steamers that sailed Loch Lomond during this period. We relive and share accounts of vessels with enchanting names of the past including The Queen of Scots 1838, The PS Loch Lomond and Waterwitch 1845, the PS Marchioness of Breadalbane 1846. The advent of the Steam Railway link between Bowling and Balloch in 1850 sees increased popularity and passengers and the introduction of new steamers the PS Prince Albert , PS Queen Victoria. The earliest photograph of a Loch Lomond paddle steamer is that of The PS Prince of Wales seen icebound at Balloch Pier. The latter part of the 18th century sees numerous new names to the Loch, the Prince Consort, Prince Tarbet, PS Queen and the PS Empress, the new PS Prince George and sister ship the PS Princess May. 1911 brings the new and biggest paddle steamer to date, the new PS Prince Edward which was delayed after becoming “stuck” on her way upstream via the River Leven. We take a sail in the late 1920’s and 1930’s aboard the PS Prince Edward calling at Balmaha, Luss, Tarbet and Inversnaid where we take a horse brake across the hill to Loch Katrine to join the The Sir Walter Scott for a sail down Loch Katrine. We sail aboard the PS Princess May steaming down the loch with a steam train in the background heading down the West Highland line and steaming into view comes the PS Prince George at a steady 12 knots. Having arrived by steam into Balloch station we witness rare colour scenes in the 1940’s of a sail once again on the Loch this time aboard the Princes May with Captain MacFarlane in the bridge. 1953 sees the launch of the Loch last paddle steamer the PS Maid of the Loch and we follow her sailing cruises around the loch during her service lifetime during the 1950’s and 1960;s until 1981 when sadly we sail on her for the last time calling at the usual beautiful stops of Balmaha, Luss, Inversnaid and others before we return to Balloch pier for the last foreseeable time. This is genuinely a wonderful and rare account of the numerous graceful and sleek steamers that once sailed this world famous water each with their dramatic, theatrical names like Waterwitch, The Lady of the Lake and Princess May, or PS Queen. Local folklore has it that on still foggy loch evenings many sightings and tales of the sound of these ghosts of the past can be seen or heard off Balmaha or Rowerdennan. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Running Time 55mins
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DVD Ship Maritime History - Great Clydebuilt Ships of The Clyde 1859-1959
Glasgow made the Clyde or the Clyde made Glasgow? Whichever came first, the River Clyde, Clydeside and the term “Clydebuilt” became synonymous globally for the design excellence, engineering, quality and craftsmanship required to build magnificent world famous clippers, liners, merchant, steamers and navy ships that sailed the world. Rare footage of the birth of many famous ships and shipping lines including Cunard, White Star with famous liners such as The Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II. A truly fascinating visual history illustrating the vast variety of ships that were designed and launched from the great shipyards such as The Fairlfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Ltd, John Brown and Company, Harland and Wolf Ltd, William Denny Brothers and many more famous shipyards. We take a journey back in time to experience Clydeside’s growth and success starting with Clippers, Paddle Steamers, Liners, Ferries, Tugs, Hoppers, Dredgers, Freighters, Tankers, Battleships, Carriers, Destroyers and Yachts all built on the Clyde during the period from around 1859 to 1959. Narrated by Ron Marshall Running Time 60mins
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DVD The Birth of a Ship 1908 William Denny and Brothers Dumbarton British Maritime and Naval Archive History
Henry Bell and his famous ship The Comet the first ship to commercially harness steam power for navigation ushered in the age of steamships not only to the River Clyde but across the world. However nowhere was the pace of change so fast as along the banks of the River Clyde which was building ships at the rate of three hundred per year in its peak. William Denny and Brothers were one of the great Clyde ship designers and shipbuilders for almost one hundred years and were famous for designing and producing many of the greatest ships in the world including the famous Cutty Sark which it completed in 1869. Recognised worldwide for their technical and innovative designs Denny Brothers were pioneers in leading this maritime revolution. In this unique archive history DVD the “Birth of a Ship” from concept design to its launch in 1908 is captured with rare detail from archive film. We follow the design on the order book of 1908 starting in the drawing office in William Denny and Brothers. We are given a detailed account of the production and experimental testing of the wax prototype hull model and propeller design. Denny Brothers were the first shipbuilder in the UK to have their own dedicated experimental water tank which is now part of the Scottish Maritime Museum. Continuing on the lifecycle of the ship’s development we are given a first-hand demonstration of the many crafts and trades required in 1908 in order to translate the design templates into components including the “mould loftsmen” responsible for producing the wooden templates required for fabrication. We are given first-hand examples of how these templates are then transformed by skilled press, foundry and machine shop operators, joiners and carpenters into the required frames, plates and other numerous components that will form the new ship. All done with the highest degree of manual craft experience, skills and effort by these dedicated shipbuilders. The construction of the ship begins with the laying of the keel, then the “double bottom” followed by the “tank top” and finally the engine mounting. Finally the big day of the launch of the ship (Tofua built 1908 for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand) arrives where with great celebration as another great ship slips gently into the waters of the Clyde to begin her journeys around the world. A truly rare fascinating detailed account of the effort, craftsmanship, skills and success of this world famous ship designer and shipbuilder William Denny and Brothers who designed and produced some of the finest and highest quality vessels in the world. Narrated by Ron Black Running Time 34mins
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DVD Ship Maritime History - Clyde Puffer Memories
An insight into the activities of those fascinating little Puffers which sailed around the coast of Scotland in and around the many sea lochs for the best part of a century. Of all the vessels that have worked in British coastal waters no type was better loved than the Clyde Puffer. Millions laughed at the antics of Skipper Para Handy and the indomitable crew of the Vital Spark as portrayed on BBC television. For more than a century the sturdy little vessels, miniature bulk carriers of coal, sand, granite chips, grain and other like cargoes were a familiar sight on the Clyde, West Highland and other Scottish coastal waters. They entered nooks and crannies where no other vessels would or dared to go. They went into remote places amongst the lochs and islands where the visit of the Puffer provided the sole link with the outside world. Lack of pier was no obstacle to the Puffer. Her crew would beach her, unload her cargo on the sand and sail away on the next tide. A beautiful and fascinating account of these little craft and their communities. Narrated by Colin M. Liddell Running time 30mins
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DVD Memories of Mallaig 1960-1985
Mallaig (Scottish Gaelic: Malaig) is a port in Lochaber, on the west coast of the Highlands of Scotland. The local railway station, Mallaig, is the terminus of the West Highland railway line (Fort William & Mallaig branch), completed in 1901, and the town is linked to Fort William by the A830 road – the "Road to the Isles". The village of Mallaig was founded in the 1840s, when Lord Lovat, owner of North Morar Estate, divided up the farm of Mallaigvaig into seventeen parcels of land and encouraged his tenants to move to the western part of the peninsula and turn to fishing as a way of life. The population and local economy expanded rapidly in the 20th century with the arrival of the railway. Ferries operated by Caledonian MacBrayne and Bruce Watt Sea Cruises sail from the port to Armadale on the Isle of Skye, Inverie in Knoydart, and to the isles of Rùm, Eigg, Muck, and Canna. Mallaig is the main commercial fishing port on the West Coast of Scotland, and during the 1960s was the busiest herring port in Europe. Mallaig prided itself at that time on its famous traditionally smoked kippers but today only one traditional smokehouse remains. A fascinating and nostalgic journey back to the Mallaig of 50 years ago with the harbour “bristling” with numerous fishing boats and crews of the West Coast fishing fleet landing their catch on the pier before heading out once more. Steam train services from Fort William bring passengers and goods to the port with many of the passengers continuing their journey to the isles aboard one of David MacBrayne’s proud and graceful ships such as the infamous MV Lochinvar (b.1908), MV Lochmor (b.1930), RMS Columba (b.1964) or MV Loch Seaforth (b1947). Indeed beautiful colour footage reminds us of the vital link that these great ships and workhorses provided not only for passenger travel but vital mail and cargo services to the remotest of islands and hamlets as they sweep gracefully out from Mallaig harbour crowded with passengers and cargo. Recall the spectacular scenery, beaches and inlets around the town during the 1960s, 1970s and eighties. Enjoy golden memories of yesterday with the arrival in Mallaig station of “The Jacobite” restored steam locomotive. This is a fascinating unique and rare insight into the places and sights once familiar in this small port that served as a welcome destination and departure point for so many over the past 50 years. Whatever your ties, memories or affections for Mallaig then you are sure to discover some enthralling memories of “yesteryears” here. R/T 18mins
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DVD Memories of the David MacBrayne Fleet - hip Maritime History - Ships Ferries Caledonian MacBrayne maritime history
MemoMacBrayne vessels that sailed the lochs and Isles of the West Coast of Scotland during the 1950s and 1960s. Our travels on these graceful ships begins when we arrive by steam train from Glasgow at Gourock station and catch the M.V. Lochfyne before sailing for Dunoon, Inellan, Rothesay Bay then then a sail through the magnicient scenery of the Kyles of Bute before arriving at Tighnabruach and finally Tarbet Loch Fyne. Relive the sail from Oban aboard the M.V. Claymore passing the T.S. King George V, M.V. Loch Nevis and other members of the fleet.. At Mallaig we find the M.V. Loch Seaforth departing for Stornaway and the M.V. Lochmor Tarbet Harris bound. Rediscover the famous St. Columba sailing from Glasgow to Loch Fyne Ardrishaig. At the Isle of Iona the M.V. King George V berths at the pier to unload passengers, vehicles and cargo. The original M.V. Loch Seaforth pulls into the Kyle of Lochalsh heading for Stornaway harbour. Just some of the wonderful nostalgic scenes, places and ships that are sure to rekindle golden memories and links to past times and events. These wonderful great ships however were more than pleasure vessels they provided a vital link for the Western Isles in terms of mail, cargo and a transport as Caledonian MacBrayne continues to do today. Narrated by John Matheson Running Time 47mins ries of the David MacBrayne fleet Henry Bell and his famous ship The Comet the first ship to commercially harness steam power for navigation ushered in the age of steamships not only to the River Clyde but across the world. However nowhere was the pace of change so fast as along the banks of the River Clyde which was building ships at the rate of three hundred per year in its peak. “Memories of The David MacBrayne Fleet” provides a rare fascinating account and journeys aboard many of the famous David
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DVD West Highland Steamer Memories - ships steamers vessels of David Caledonian MacBrayne maritime history
Henry Bell and his famous ship the Comet the first ship to successfully harness steam power for navigation ushered in the age of steam navigation not only to the River Clyde but across the world. However nowhere was the pace of change and so fast as along the banks of the River Clyde. The Clyde steamer fleet combined with steam railway connections brought remote islands, lochs and hamlets around the River Clyde and the West Coast of Scotland within reach of the tourists and became a vital lifeline for local people. Produced from rare archive library of film and materials West Highland Steamer Memories provides a fascinating comprehensive review of the red and black funnelled ships of the David MacBrayne Steamer fleet which covered the Western Isles and the River Clyde. Includes fabulous unique shots of the famous paddle steamer "Columba" and the many other early ships of the fleet. By the year 1850 Messrs. G 7&J Burns owned and managed a massive shipping empire that encompassed the Glasgow - Belfast and Liverpool routes. They were the power behind the great Cunard company and another - the more lucrative West Highland Services. On the 13th February 1851 they handed over their West Highland Services to David Hutcheson and his brother Alexander. David Hutcheson retired in 1876 followed by his brother in 1878 leaving David MacBrayne the sole owner of a famous fleet. “MacBrayne” a name which was to become synonymous with the Scottish Highlands and Islands for almost a 100 years. Narrated by Ian Anderson BBC Running time 88mins
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