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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

New Ferry order for Shipyard in Scotland

Ferguson shipyard secures ferry contract


Some good shipbuilding news to report at last from the recently purchased Ferguson Yard on the lower Clyde in Scotland, news that will keep Scotland’s last commercial shipyard going and with the promise of even more orders things are beginning to look up for the small band of Shipbuilders left on the Lower Clyde.


The Ferguson shipyard in Port Glasgow has won its first ferry building contract since being rescued from closure.

Clyde Blowers Capital - owned by the billionaire Jim McColl - bought the yard earlier this month after it went into administration.

It has now secured a £12m contract from the Scottish government to build a third hybrid ferry for CalMac.

More details of the deal will be released later this week.

The yard has previously built two other hybrid ferries - the MV Hallaig and MV Lochinvar - for CalMac.

The new vessel, which will be able to accommodate 150 passengers and 23 cars or two HGVs, is expected to be launched in the spring of 2016, before entering service in the autumn of the same year.

It will use a low carbon hybrid system that combines traditional diesel power with electric battery power and will lead to a reduction in fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

For more on the story see the BBC news website


Sunday, 7 September 2014

(SOE) Search Engine Optimisation and Google, how to reach first page on Google

Part Two


A whole lot of the ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd in Scotland were classed as Motor Vessel’s (MV) so once again a search using the name of one of the many New Zealand ships built such as the MV KARITANE will result in the ships pages being at the very Top of the First Page in Google, something that all them experts computer and internet geeks would give there right arm for can just be done by using that old Shipbuilders gift called “Common Sense”
This of course cannot be taught today and is something lacking badly in this world of ours today as most common sense seems to have been eradicated by Governments or worse still computers.


Others such as the Manchester Ship Canal Tugs can be found the same way just type in MSC followed by the ships name and you will find for example doing a search on the Tug MSC FIREFLY will result in the ship being at the Top in the First page of Google search.

The MSC FIREFLY underway on the Manchester Canal

So if you want to know more about Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

The “Common Sense” approach to reaching number one in the internet search rankings then just contact through the main website and I will be able to send you some more information.


For ADVERTISERS this of course represents a wonderful opportunity to get your related product onto the top of the Google search engines.

Potential advertisers can again contact us through the main website at 


We hope all this Blurb will help if you happen to be searching for information on any Ships and the History that is associated with the Ship through the maze that is now the internet.
I also like to add that the World still revolved and worked pretty well in the days before the Internet which I happen to think is also an amazing fact.

Leith Shipyards & SOE

Part One


I thought I would write something down on the Blog about the main website at as this continues to grow to be one of the best maritime websites around.

A lot of work has gone into the website and it is now featuring on first pages of Google on many of the ships and topics which is fantastic.

Now I started to think about how the pages had reached such a high ranking on Google and have reached the conclusion that all you really need is good content and time, the content has to be informative and helpful, sick of being bombarded by hundreds of emails etc all telling me that this crowd or that crowd can get my website to the top on Google, what a crock.

I don’t really no much about how the search engines work or about Search Engine Optimisation (SOE) and as all those so called experts keep telling me you need to know and pay for the expertise of these computer geeks to get to the top in Google.

I have been doing some work on the website and just by filling in the description properly (something I never knew about before) and adding the all important Key words, after all even I can understand that if the website cannot be found by anyone around the world then it is not much use no matter how good the site may be.

I started out by searching for the names of the ships built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb and to my surprise (as long as the ship’s name is typed in correct) the vast majority of the ships information pages is right there at the very top of the Google search pages and some of them number in the millions.


I also found that it is important to phrase the ships name correctly so that for instance a Steam Ship will begin with the letters SS followed by the ships name, a Motor Vessel will by logic begin with the letters MV followed by the ships name and of course a Royal Navy (or any other navy) will begin with the abbreviations for that Navy’s full name such as HMS for any Royal Navy Ship.


So as a simple example let’s take the “Flower Class” Corvette HMS PINK type it into Google search and you will see that the page shows up Third on the list of the First Page on Google.


The Flower Class Corvettes of which HMS PINK was just one of many also involved in the D-Day landings where she was to meet her eventual fate.

Try another such as SS SOUTH STEYNE and again you will see that the pages are at number 4 on Google’s first page. Competing along with hundreds of thousands of other references on the internet to this famous old Ship still to be found in Sydney Harbour, Australia and now operating as a Restaurant.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Ferguson shipyard saved from closure! Yahoo?

“Yahoo” (not the internet thingy) but the original word (remember)  would be the first reaction of the saving of the last commercial shipyard in Scotland, but this is shipbuilding and where there is shipbuilding in Scotland Politics is intertwined and while it must be welcomed no matter as it should mean jobs are saved and indeed the new owners are promising even more jobs?
Politics is never far from shipbuilding and we can only hope that this is not some political stunt by the new owners intricately involved in the present political referendum in Scotland.

After all who in there right mind would trust a politician, I well remember my dealings with them way back in the 1980’s when trying as we all were to keep shipyards in the East of Scotland open, I could not possibly reveal what theses people got up to suffice to say I resolved there and then to have nothing to do with politics ever again, and I don’t speak from some high horse just amazment at these people and what they do and get up to in the grand name of representing there constituents but what I hear you say they can’t all be the same, I refuse to answer that question and leave it to you to answer you don’t have to really think very hard now do you.

All out of the same mould and funny that as well as the successful businessman taking over the Ferguson shipyard owns Clyde Glass Blowers so he knows all about moulds.

For more on the story you can have a look at one of the Scottish newspapers and see what they are saying.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Ferguson No More

Last remaining commercial shipyard in Scotland Closed


A sad day in the history of a great industry as the last remaining commercial shipbuilder on the river Clyde closed down, not only the last commercial yard on the Clyde to close after some 110 years of building fine ships but the last commercial shipyard in Scotland is now closed for business.

The two upper Clyde yards are of course still going building parts for the Aircraft Carriers and other warships and long may they continue, but the closure of Ferguson Shipbuilders Limited of Port Glasgow really brings down the curtain on a very long list of great shipbuilding names which have plied there trade and used there unmatched skills to build ships in Scotland.

Better times at the yard from 2012 in this Herald newspaper picture, when they launched the Worlds first hybrid Ferry

Ferguson Shipbuilders Limited from a BBC website photograph Aug 15th 2014

It really is quite a list of shipbuilding names when you consider that this great and proud industry used to employ more than 100,000 people in its heyday, and that is only in Scotland, the industry was massive throughout the British Isles at one time when Britain and the Clyde primarily led the world in the building of fine ships.
Such as and by no means a comprehensive list and not in any kind of order, but names like Scott Lithgow, Barclay Curle, Scotts of Bowling, John Browns, Connell’s, Hall Russell, Caledon Shipbuilding, Ailsa Troon, Henry Robb Shipbuilders, Harland and Wolfe, and now add Ferguson Shipbuilders to the list of a role call of industry whose spectacular fall has had no equals in the United Kingdom.
This small yard could have been building small inshore fishery protection vessels and small patrol ships for the Royal Navy but once again they have been discarded by governments (successive) and after all it was less than 100 men and women who lost there jobs this morning so who gives a toss about this small number of highly skilled people. (Not many votes there in the grand scheme of things eh!)
Don’t see that it would even register with Salmond or Cameron although we are sure to see and hear some posturing about it, and the timing of such a closure with a Scottish Referendum on Independence just one month away, what were the politicians thinking about.
For another read on the closure of Ferguson Shipbuilders and perhaps a better reality than the wishy washy BBC news see the latest from the Herald newspaper who are closer to home in writing about the effects of the last commercial shipyard in Scotland closing down, interesting to hear all the rubbish spouted by the different politicians, who in fact rank lower in the list of non producing wage thief's than even the journalists, bankers and lawyers in the U.K. even lower than a second hand car salesman. 
Although it also shows just how impotent the Unions have become in Britain as well.

How long before we say “Shipbuilding No More” in the whole of the British Isles.

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Scotland “YES” or “NO”

While the debate goes on whether Scotland should return to being a separate country as she was a few hundred years ago before union with England happened and the United Kingdom was formed or to stay as a part of the United Kingdom (Great Britain in other words)

This Blog is not really the place for too much comment on the subject but you can never separate Shipbuilding from Politics and they are all at it right now, as can be seen from this recent article in the Scotsman newspaper while written with some obvious bias and who in the United Kingdom would trust a journalist today, they are regarded with the same mis-trust as lawyers and bankers and rightly so.
Having had some small parts to play regarding politicians and Shipbuilding in the past, it is my own opinion that they are at the lowest of the tree when it comes to trust and it makes no difference be they Scottish politicians or United Kingdom politicians or indeed English politicians they are all out of the same mould.

BEA Shipyard at Govan on the Clyde in this Royal Navy photograph

The only thing I can comment on is, would a vote one way or the other mean securing any more or less shipbuilding jobs and I feel that it would make no difference whatsoever what way the vote goes the politicians will do as they see fit (They are qualified you know)

And the people will get what the people want?


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Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Thames Tug GENERAL IV

GENERAL IV Ship No 222 built at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd and launched in 1936


Last heard/seen at Bowling Harbour half sunk just a hull sitting in water now wasting away a bit similar to the state of the SCOT II BEFORE SHE WAS MOVED TO THE Caledonian Canal  (Whatever happened to the rescue attempts to restore the SCOT II)

Seems like the same story with the old GENERAL IV very similar lines to the SCOT II as well and looks like there is no one around to attempt a restoration project on this fine old Steam Tug.
You will see a photograph of her here from early this year.
Do not know how she has ended up here but there was another far more recent tug that also sank at Bowling Harbour


We cannot save then all, but still a shame to see such fine plate work rusting away.

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