October heralds a brilliant winter session for CRSC — the month when we resume our Wednesday meetings at Jurys Inn, Glasgow, when new items appear in the Club’s online Shop and annual subscriptions are due: hurry along now, please, as the membership fee has been frozen at £25 yet again. Newcomers can join for £10!
The ever-popular Calendar is now available, showing some stunning images (and lots of dates!). Pride among the pictures is a previously unpublished shot of two big CalMac ferries next to each other at the new Brodick pier, bathed in blazing sunlight (you’ll have to buy the Calendar to find out which ferries). Plus a knock-out shot of three big ferries at Oban and a beauty of Duchess of Fife at Gourock pier towards the end of her life.
The presentation — and pictorial variety — of the 2020 Calendar is superb. By common consent it is the best we have ever produced. Order yours here while stocks last!
Compiled by Gordon Law, the Calendar is a joint publication between CRSC and the West Highland Steamer Club.
CRSC’s annual DVD, compiled by Stuart Craig, is ‘hot off the coals’. This hour-long amateur production has exciting clips of over 30 vessels, from Isle of Lewis arriving at Castlebay to the venerable Tern making her way down Lake Windermere.
Most of the footage is recent but, as usual, some archive film is included: this edition includes several vintage sequences of Queen Mary II in action, complementing more up-to-date on-deck footage at her Glasgow berth.
The DVD costs £17, but paid-up members get it for £15 (including p&p).
Remember, all our previous DVDs are still available — they are a wonderful way to relive favourite scenes in Clyde and West Highland waters.
We also have a few copies left of our best-selling Clyde Steamers in Colour, comprising vintage footage of Clyde steamers filmed by the late Ian Brown in the 1960s and 70s. Bliss! Don’t miss out.
Clyde Steamers in Colour costs £14.50, but members pay £12 (including p&p).
Twice a year CRSC releases a special pack of archive photographs — and this autumn’s photo offer is really stunning. Collated from the recently acquired collection of the late James Anderson, it is sold as a batch of 12 pictures, almost all never before published. They include a May 1990 portrait of Balmoral in the sun at Ormidale, a brilliant action shot of Lochfyne at Rothesay in the late 1960s, and Keppel passing Keppel (at speed!) . Click here to order your photo set.
Check out also the superb Duchess of Hamilton enlargement, a magnificent 45cm x 32cm print made from the original negative by the late Walter Kerr, Millport’s resident postwar photographer. This is one of the greatest steamer photographs of all time, ideal for framing and worthy of any enthusiast’s living room wall. Click here to secure your copy.
CRSC is offering (for free!) a large collection of old ship magazines, mainly Ships Monthly and Sea Breezes. If you are interested, they can be picked up at Gourock by arrangement with our Archivist Billy Tomlinson. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTER TALKS AT JURYS INN
You can plan your winter diary with the help of our calendar of monthly meetings, which includes a talk in January by top CalMac executive Robert Morrison. Since the list of speakers was first published in September, there has been one change: on 11 December, instead of John Morgan of Ferguson Marine, we look forward to welcoming back Colin Tucker — Lewis resident, former Purser of the 1947 Loch Seaforth and a regular contributor to the CRSC website. The title of his talk is “Royal Routes – Queen Victoria on Clyde and West Highland waters”.
THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO JOIN CRSC.
AMONG THE SPECTACULAR SCENES FROM YOUR 2020 CALENDAR:
Published on 5 October 2019