Ali Cat – 4th September 2004


Gourock, Sandbank, Kilcreggan, Wemyss Bay,
Millport, Largs, Helensburgh, Gourock
Notes and Photographs:  Charles McCrossan
A visit to James Watt dock on the way to Gourock revealed Ali Cat (our charter vessel for the day) still at her berth, and the recently withdrawn Western Ferry (Sound of) Sleat awaiting conversion for her new role as a diving training vessel. The laid up Pioneer was also present awaiting her fate.  The Svitzer fleet of tugs were in the process of departing the dock, sailing to their next assignment.  Ali Cat then departed amongst the tugs on her way to Gourock to pick up her charter passengers.
 ex Sound of Sleat and Ali Cat Pioneer  Point Gilbert  Warrior 

 Ali Cat on her way to Gourock Shannon   Flying Phantom

During the actual cruise, a good variety of vessels were seen and are shown below

The Second Snark as the Kilcreggan ferr
 Jupiter heading for Gourock with Ugland tanker,
Evita, in background heading upriver to Finnart
Alicat at Sandbank
 tug A222 Nimble  tug A231 Dexterous Alicat at Kilcreggan 
 Sound of Shuna
Sound of Scarba
Ali Cat alongside the linkspan
at Wemyss Bay 
 Saturn arriving at Wemyss Bay  Loch Riddon leaving the Cumbrae Slip Alicat  at Millport
Ali Cat  at Largs  Loch Riddon at Largs  Jupiter heading for Dunoon
 Ali Cat alongside at Helensburgh
Alicat at Gourock at end of cruise
 Ali Cat returning to James Watt dock
after the CRSC charter

Photographs: John Crae

The Second Snark arriving at Gourock  Onboard Ali Cat  Onboard Ali Cat    
Sandbank   “Glen boat” being refitted  Kilcreggan Kilcreggan 
Kilcreggan  Sound of Scarba   Wemyss Bay shore road Wemyss Bay 
Wemyss Bay   Wemyss Bay   Loch Riddon  Marine Centre Pier at Keppel 
 Marine Centre Pier at Keppel  Group photo Millport Pier  Ali Cat at Millport Ali Cat at Millport 
Leaving Millport Ali Cat at Largs Loch Riddon Ali Cat at Helensburgh
Ali Cat at Helensburgh Ali Cat at Helensburgh Sugar Boat wreck