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Monday, 20 October 2014

Edinburgh DNA

Someone sent me this link to an article in today's Edinburgh Evening News and I just could not resist the temptation to have a wee playful dig at the rest of Britain.

Edinburgh Castle

The best looking and best evolved people in Britain live in Edinburgh, Leith and the south-east of Scotland. Outrageous! How can you possibly say that! Biased? Not at all. Just a statement of fact – and a story that goes back 10,000 years.


Don’t believe me then read on in this article from the Edinburgh Evening News.

One of the most striking inherited traits is massively present in Edinburgh and the south-east where a staggering 57 per cent of all people have blue eyes. That is the highest in Britain where the average is 48 per cent.

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But here is the other side of the coin so to speak!

The same might be true for the other dominant trait in Edinburgh and the south-east. Red hair. Nobody needs a DNA test to tell if they have red hair, just a mirror. But what is hidden is what causes children to inherit the glorious spectrum of tints from strawberry blonde to deep auburn. And that is the recessive gene variant, what both parents must carry if they are to have children with red hair.
In Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Borders, 40 per cent of all people carry it. It is the highest proportion in Britain, which itself has the highest number of carriers in the world per capita.

Perhaps migration provides an answer. The Northern Isles, the Hebrides and the Atlantic 
coastlands saw significant Viking incursions and settlement after circa 800AD, and in the south-east of Britain, the Anglo-Saxons settled in numbers after circa 400AD. These in-migrations may have significantly diluted the red-hair variants present in the indigenous populations before those dates. And if that’s correct, then one of the most persistent bits of folk DNA about Vikings being redheaded will turn out to be wrong. And it may be significant that south-east Scotland appears to have had little Viking in-migration with comparatively few Norse place names and comparatively little ancestral DNA from Scandinavia.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Maritime Library

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Got to thinking the other day that if you are at all interested in ships and the sea then you will also be interested in books all about ships and the sea, but where to put all them books is the big problem.
Well in our efforts to move with the times it just makes sense to also have access to books in Electronic form and you can just download them to your computer or E-Reader or whatever medium is used for reading them.
Then you are only limited by time and the storage capacity on your machine.
So we have set up some E-Book library that you can access and for convenience they are all in the one place, eventually we shall have different categories for all the subjects covering written works about ships and the sea and to begin with you can now go directly to our first library called funny enough Ships and the Sea.
Each downloaded book will return a small portion back to us to help with the running costs of this Blog and also the main website at

You will be able to find all kinds of books on ships and the sea some well known and some not so well known it is all about choice and we hope to give you that choice, if you still prefer hard copy books you can of course search through our Amazon store at the side of this Blog.

You can now access books such as the story of the amazing ship built in Dundee called the LAWHILL which had a longevity of working at sea for a very long time, which for a Barque complete with sails in a world full of steam and then later diesel powered vessels is all the more remarkable.

The Lawhill Story The Lawhill Story
During the long gone ages of maritime history many ships of sail and steam have captured the imagination; one of them was a sailing vessel named Lawhill, a four masted barque which after being built at Dundee in 1892 lasted right up until 1957.

For the full selection of out E-Book library collection just click on the link Ships and the Sea

Friday, 10 October 2014

New Naval order for Clyde Shipbuilding

So we have some more good news on the shipbuilding front in Scotland at long last the steel is now being cut for the Royal Navy's new offshore patrol vessels, no mere small type of ships but the very latest in new technology at around 2,000 grt's they are not small ships and will be capable of deployment worldwide.
They should keep some of the workforce (the little that is left) working at the upper Clyde shipyard of Scotstoun working at least until the designs are finalised for the Royal Navy's new type 26 Frigates which will be built at the same yard. This may or may not be such good news for the shipyard on the other side of the river at Govan only time will tell, as they continue with work on the second of the Aircraft Carriers being assembled in Scotland.
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Work has started on a £348m contract for three Royal Navy warships at BAE Systems' yards at Scotstoun and Govan on the River Clyde in Glasgow.

The offshore patrol vessels will be known as HMS Forth, HMS Medway and HMS Trent. The first will be ready by 2017.

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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.

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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.

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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 

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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

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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.