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Tuesday, 14 July 2015


The MV BRITISH COAST Maiden voyage

The MV BRITISH COAST Model on her maiden voyage seen here in the U-Tube Video.

For more photographs visit the website at

The BRITISH COAST Sails once more

The model of the Leith Built MV BRITISH COAST has now been put to the test in the water by her maker Steve, and she passed with flying colours.

Steve Heward seen here guiding his model of the Leith Built MV BRITISH COAST
We will have lots more photographs and video on the website soon at 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

China ship capsize

'Race against time' in Yangtze rescue

As ever yet another stark reminder of the perils of being on the water, inshore or deep sea.

For more on this sad tale see the BBC link

Friday, 29 May 2015

HMS NESS - Model

Pleased to show the model of HMS NESS which has just been completed by Andy Forrest, and sent into the website where we shall feature many more photographs of the model.

Built and launched at the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb Ltd, the "River Class" Frigate was launched in July 1942 (Ship No 326) as the first of Six such ships built at the yard during times when the Nation needed as many ships as possible to help in the battle against the U-Boats, a battle at one time which could have meant the end for the British Isles but for such ships and the men of the Merchant Marine who sacrificed so much to keep the country supplied so they could continue the fight against the enemy.

The model is shown in her wartime camouflage colours.  Camouflage is the 3 colour Western approaches scheme and reflects the Ness shortly after commissioning.

Keep checking the website for the many up-dates on this project.

Another picture of the Ship Model below showing some of her Aft end details,

HMS NESS Aft end details

Monday, 25 May 2015

Three Queens River Dance

Interesting video to mark Cunards 175th anniversary, just a pity that none of the ships where built in the U.K.?

Click on the highlighted link to watch the video

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Model of the SCOT II

Pleased to announce that the start of a model build is now under way and at approx 1/25th scale being made by "ace" model maker Steve we shall have some photographs to record this feat in its entirety as the model progresses. (Keep checking the Leith Shipyards website)

The model is being built to original drawings and will be based on her original steam engine condition (pre-1960's) as she was intended before her conversion to diesel power in the 1960's by the Leith Shipyard of Henry Robb Ltd.
The SCOT II was launched at Leith as Ship No 184 in 1931
The only Leith built ship on the British Historic Register, and it is hoped that the actual vessel will also be restored to her former glory in the fullness of time.

SCOT II ice breaking historical ship

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Good news for Glasgow’s two Shipyards

It has just been announced that instead of closing one of the two remaining main shipyards in Scotland, that BEA will now make a large investment that shall ensure the future of the two yards for a good few years to come.

The Govan shipyard will be expanded under the £100m investment plan
For more on this story see the BBC website