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> Doon The Watter, A boat trip
stratson
post 24th Apr 2006, 11:49am
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Will be Going Doon The Watter as often as possible this year(Free travel an tha. haha!)
Will call at your pals pub stuarty and convey your "Hello".
My aunt and uncle had a wee house in Bridgend st. Now buried in Rothesay, They retired there man tears ago from Anderston.

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Luceo
post 25th Apr 2006, 11:48am
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It is not quite "doon the watter" but next Saturday 29 April, at Inverary, there will be an unique opportunity to sail in a Clyde puffer.

As part of the "Show Scotland 06" event, the Scottish Maritime Museum will be organising trips on Loch Fyne on the refurbished puffer Vital Spark. This vessel is one of the few puffers which remain seaworthy. There is a great deal of interest in the trip and the organisers recommend advance booking. Telephone 01499 302213

For other events in "Show Scotland 06" visit the link:

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post 25th Apr 2006, 02:09pm
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How fortunate you all are to be able to still sail Doon The Watter.... and seniors for free. I am dead jealous stratson....

I want to do all of those things advertized on the Show Scotland website.

My most vivid memory of those trips was the one I made to Rothesay then on to the local bus to Port Bannatyne for a weeks holiday with my best girlfriend . We were just 18. Met a bonnie wee lad called Johnny at the local dancehall in Rothesay . He was a reporter for the Buteman He kept on waving to me from the dock til we were out of sight as I sailed back up the Clyde. We were in luv wub.gif
Never saw him again...sighhh


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post 26th Apr 2006, 02:07pm
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I remember going doon the watter with my grannie in the late forties and early fifties for the day. There was the Queen Mary 2 paddle steamer I was told it changed it name so that the Queen Mary name could be put on the Luxury Liner launched a John Browns.

I seem to remember the name Jeannie Deans another paddle steamer but not sure if that was the name of a barge that sailed on the Canal may be someone can jog my memory.

The most frigtening thing I can ever remember happening on a ship was on a trip coming back to Glasgow after a days sail. We were just about to dock at the Broomilaw and everybody made for the side of the ship we would get off the ship began to roll over in that direction. I skipper had to give out a warning over the tannoy system for passengers to move quickly from that side so as to bring the ship upright again. As a young boy it stuck in my mend now when I sail anywhere I am usually the last to make for the exit.


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post 26th Apr 2006, 02:29pm
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You are correct, the Jeanie Deans was a paddle steamer. Scariest moment I had on a trip doon the watter was coming back from the Cowal Games. I was about 10 I guess and the boat was full of competitors at the games (I was a highland dancer). I was joking with one of the big heavy weight competitors and I guess giving him some lip. He lifted me up and set me on top of one of the life boats and walked away and left me there to stew for a while.....
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post 26th Apr 2006, 04:04pm
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Hi Hudgy,
I think we may have been on the same trip! Was there quite a swell in the water and the Captain had to make a couple of tries to get moored, the hawsers kept missing? Everybody went to watch and if I remember correctly it was on the starboard side so, of course, the ship started to tip. I can remember my Daddy scooping me up and carrying me to the other side of the ship. Not much was said but of all our trips "doon the water" that one really stayed with me and I was pretty young, not even in school yet.
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post 26th Apr 2006, 11:32pm
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Hello Huddgy, further to your Reply #19, I can give you a bit of information about the Clyde steamers you mention. The Queen Mary II was not a paddle steamer. She was built in 1933 and called simply, "Queen Mary", but renamed 'Queen Mary II' in 1935 in deference to the giant Cunarder "RMS Queen Mary", (as mentioned by you) and nearing completion at John Brown's , Clydebank. The 'Queen Mary II' originally had two funnels, then they were changed to the more modern single squatty one. With one or two funnels, she was a fine looking steamer.

You are correct about there being a paddle steamer, the Jeanie Deans. She was built in Fairfield's, Govan, in 1931. I don't recall any canal barge by that name. It is possible there was an earlier steamer by the name of 'Jeanie Deans', but I don't know for sure.

Cheers, Dugald.
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post 27th Apr 2006, 04:03am
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Here's the one funnelled Queen Mary II, was doon the watter on her a good few times. It was a real treat to make the trip, especially at a young age.

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post 27th Apr 2006, 08:07am
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I remember going to rothesay with my gran n granpa and it was always raining i think the last time we went it rained the whole week i remember lena zavaronis parents had a chip shop out there and they were the best fish n chips you could get wub.gif


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post 27th Apr 2006, 10:34am
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There were, indeed, two steamers which sailed under the name "Jeannie Deans". The first was built by Barclay Curle in 1884 and was broken up in 1920.

The second Jeannie Deans was built by Fairfield's in Govan in 1931 (see Dugald's reply) and was broken up in 1968. This paddle steamer served as a minesweeper in the Second World War and was extensively damaged in action.

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post 26th Mar 2007, 11:28pm
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Used to go to Millport at the Glasgow Fair, down to Largs and accross on either The Waverley or The Old Keppel, then they brought in the car ferries at the other side of the island .We got bikes hired at the start of the holiday and Mum and Dad hardly saw us except for mealtimes , we never came to any harm.I wonder if you could let yer bairns have as much free reign nowadays, I don't think so.Has anyone been to Millport recently?Do you mind the painted rocks?The crocodile and the Indian's face?
There was a chippy behind one of the cafes and it sold the best chips ever , the queue was always up the close and out the door, it was a complete fire and health hazzard ,
what the hell ,it was magic.Came back the next year and they had shut it down, there was loads of Glasgow punters looking for it too.


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post 22nd Jul 2007, 10:37am
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One year we went to Rothesay and the next we went to Dunoon and that went on for years. Now my parents are staying in Rothesay and we visit at least 3 times a year. I can remember going on the Waverly and the Caladonia paddle steamers. Then the saturn, Juno and Jupiter and now its MVBute
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post 22nd Jul 2007, 10:38am
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Zavaronis is still in Rothesay There is a chippie and they have an ice cream shop run by her aunt Margaret
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post 3rd Aug 2007, 08:37pm
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My Wife s Granny had a house in Port Bannatyne Near The Hotel/pub owned by the Marshalls. I used to ride in the cycle races on the Sept. Week End. Still took trips down anytime we went back to Glasgow. Still love the place. We used to stay in a B&B owned by a couple who had moved back from California and bought the place. It was very nice and Clean.
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post 3rd Aug 2007, 08:48pm
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PS Maggie Cameron was her Grannie`s Name . George Marshall was our Friend ,He went to Van., B.C. Then went back home again. We since lost touch.
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