Photographs provided by Andrew Clark from his collection
Photographs provided by John Park
John’s notes for this trip are below:
I struggled a bit with some of these, taken on a Kodak film which has faded and darkened quite badly, so you can see what you can use. There are a few alternative views taken with an Instamatic camera which are not quite as sharp but at least the film has stayed true. I changed film after Troon and the Millport views are nice and clear despite this being an identical Kodak film. I’ve previously discovered what seems to have been the occasional poorly processed film while sorting through old slides although there was no obvious sign of this at the time.
Some interesting views none the less. The previous “LochFyne” was lying at the breakers at Faslane at this time, while to her left is the rather nice 1947 Tyne built “Port Lyttelton” being scrapped.
In the background of the Troon puffer shot is funnel and masts of the IOMSP’s “Monas Queen” which would have been almost new at this time, while the craft the “Sitka” is berthed to was the old Erskine ferry I believe. In the background of the same shot is a lovely selection of 60/70’s cars, while the view from up the hill at Innellan also shows a couple of mouth-watering vans. All taken completely for granted at the time!
A gaze into the distance of the first Waverley at Innellan photo will show the start of the chimney at Inverkip being built. Amazing what you see in your own photos years after taking them!