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TS Queen Mary's return to Greenock on tow from Tilbury on 15th May 2016

Numerous photographers came to the Firth of Clyde at Greenock to record Queen Mary's arrival at James Watt Dock over 35 years after she left the same port under tow for London


As well as lining the esplanade at Greenock, enthusiasts were aboard the specially chartered MV Clyde Clipper of Clyde Marine Services to escort her home along the upper parts of the Firth To James Watt Dock. She will remain at Greenock initially for dry-docking, painting and initial restoration work.


IMMEDIATELY BELOW : Photographs by regular paddlesteamers.info contributor Kenny Whyte.

Click here for other photographers :  

Russ McLean

Robert Whitelaw    (from aboard MV Clyde Clipper)

If anyone would like to contribute some of their own photographs of the day, I would be delighted to receive them - Gordon
....and that also goes for any suitable images for the Turbine Steamers or Paddle Steamers parts of this website



Above : Long telephoto lenses are still required as Queen Mary glides up the main channel between the Cowal coastline in the distance and the Isle of Cumbrae ...... with a more modern form of Clyde "steamer" providing the regular vehicular ferry service from Largs.


Above : Passing Wemyss Bay


Above : Car Ferries are what led to the demise of passenger only vessels such as Queen Mary - and with two large vessels (Argyle and Bute) now linking Wemyss Bay and Rothesay, the more remote parts of the firth get a fine service ....so long as you have a car or live in Rothesay 


Above : Meeting another example of contemporary ferry services on the Clyde - as provided by Western Ferries between McInroy's Point and Hunter's Quay. The charter boat Clyde Clipper is off the port side of Queen Mary with tug Venture close ahead


Above : McInroy's Point


Above : There remains a passenger ferry service from Gourock to Dunoon,, introduced when the car ferry service by Caledonian-MacBrayne was withdrawn, but the smaller motor vessels have never achieved the level of affection that was afforded to the Queen and her fleet-mates


Above : The Queen passes the Cloch lighthouse with a favourite old haunt, Dunoon, in the background


Above : Hunter's Quay and the Holy Loch provide the backdrop


Above : A view up  Holy Loch 




Above :  Well-wishers gather at the esplanade at Greenock for her arrival




Above : Approaching James Watt Dock, Greenock



Above : Clyde Marine Services tugs now take over for the delicate manoevre into the dock ....... backwards



Above : Battler and Bruiser swing the Queen around



Above : Edging into the tidal dock













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