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"Beyond a Refit?"

By RonnieAG
This one is for Mick {mikbee} for obvious reasons, and also for Jim {JimV} in Canada for whom it will have nostalgic connotations as he started his career, he tells me, in shipbuilding at Scott and Sons, Bowling, a yard which was sited very nearby to this scene. The harbour area at Bowling (on the R. Clyde) is now little more than a silted up graveyard for smaller vessels, one of which is pictured above.
I have tried to identify this vessel and it's type but failed on both counts: if anyone can tell me what kind of vessel she was I'd be most grateful. At a rough guess, it measures aprox. 50 - 60 ft. from bow to stern.

My thanks to all who commented on By a Babbling Brook.......your attention is greatly appreciated as ever.


Tags: Photo journalism Bowling Bowling harbour Rusting vessel Algae and seaweed clad

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achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
23 May 2012 12:16AM
Morning Ronnie, sorry but no identity from me! The range of tones and composition are excellent.


annettep38 9 220 42 Luxembourg
23 May 2012 12:20AM
How well mossy green and rusty red harmonize in this wreck.
Lovely refelections too.
Wink but you shouldn't have told Mick the exact location, he might get a serious cold till he has finished with the close ups Smile
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
23 May 2012 12:23AM
One of those shots that you think oh I wish I had taken this, fantastic mate. - gary
Irishkate Plus
10 44 118 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 12:32AM
Ronnie that is a lovely shot.we were over at bowling with CC but don't remember seeing thos beauty,
Like gary-d - I too wish iI'd taken this one!
Great work, great reflection, great subject.
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
23 May 2012 12:34AM
Definately looks past its best Ronnie,cant help with the id," Nikshot "is your man but i think he is on holiday at the moment.
Ayoob 9 Australia
23 May 2012 12:42AM
Well done Ronnie -Just amazing.......Grin
23 May 2012 12:53AM
Stunning shot
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
23 May 2012 1:31AM
An incredible conglomeration of rust and grot, slime and rubbish--- wonder why they keep it?

A wonderful image for you though! (and me)
posty57 12 6 2 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 3:06AM
It has almost blended into the scenery...well spotted and captured Ronnie. brilliant tones and the reflections are superb.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
23 May 2012 3:29AM
A wonderful shot of an extremely sad sight Ronnie, it always grieves me to see a ship end up like this, derelict, abandoned. dumped, which has me wondering, how on earth are they allowed to do this in Bowling? As to your query, I have nothing I can add, the funnel colours are new to me and. try as I might, I simply cannot conjecture what its purpose in life may have been!
Rgds., Jim
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
23 May 2012 5:45AM
Lots of texture and details

mikemullumby 10 1 3 Australia
23 May 2012 5:57AM
Great shot,and a very apt caption Ronnie.
23 May 2012 6:24AM

Quote:An incredible conglomeration of rust and grot, slime and rubbish--- wonder why they keep it?

A wonderful image for you though! (and me)

Hi Ronnie, this is really a great image. I do agree with Jennifer. Ronnie, very well spotted and well taken and presented too..

Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 6:32AM
What a treasure, a relic for sure...
I think Mick will salivate for not finding this beauty!
Stunning composition, and great find! Well seen. IB
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
23 May 2012 7:00AM
We have some relic hulls here in Royston near Comox BC Canada. The power of nature reduces them to moss and shadows in very few years. As long as lubes and fuels have been drained, they provide homes to marine life. This image is very good and the plain sky is minimized. I wonder how this would look in sunrise or sunset light? Has the look of mid afternoon. Still a vote worthy image. TG
Glyn1 11 4 1 England
23 May 2012 7:18AM
Like the reflections in this Ronnie, and yes you've got your work cut out repairing her WinkWink

SUE118 Plus
12 8 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 7:24AM
A boat of many stories, pity it ends it's life in mud.
23 May 2012 7:26AM
Nice image. Deep
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
23 May 2012 8:16AM
I've sailed on worse Tongue

Jasper87 Plus
10 2.6k 158 England
23 May 2012 8:22AM
A sad sight but probably has more intrinsic beauty in this state than it ever had as a sea going vessel. Beautifully done, Ronnie.

rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
23 May 2012 8:35AM
Scrap, Ronnie !! probably polluting the water. I don't know what the authorities do about these wrecks. Visual statement.
hasslebladuk 11 1 6 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 9:01AM
The deatail is amazing in this shot but it also tells a story
Well a good weekends work I think here, ...good find well presented like it a lot

23 May 2012 9:25AM
It's a wee graveyard for boats of all descriptions down here Ronnie, have to watch where you step sadly.

23 May 2012 9:49AM
When i seen the title on the email i was wondering how you got a capture of me !!! a fine sharp cature Ronnies it has all the grott one needs for this shot

Cor 11 Belgium
23 May 2012 9:53AM
Beautiful- So well taken- And i love reflections - TOP *****
TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 17 England
23 May 2012 10:05AM
I think it needs more than a lick of paint! Wink Right up Mickbee's street this one! Sad to see it in this state, but what a super image it's provided you with, Ronnie, wonderful colours, tones and textures - and reflections, too Smile
Trev Smile
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 11:08AM
Definitely at the end of the road/water for this boat Ronnie
but certainly not photographically as you have bought her alive again
Exceptional image as you have captured this perfectly
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
23 May 2012 11:40AM
i can see why mick will love this. like its reflection too.lesley
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
23 May 2012 11:55AM
This has got to be the grottiest boat I have seen Ronnie !!
My guess would be it was a dredger working on the Clyde.
A first class bit of rust and grot.
Great shot.
AnnChown 11 207 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 12:09PM
The green and rust go so well together - love those reflections too.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 69 Norway
23 May 2012 12:10PM
I do believe this might just be beyond repair. Not even a bunch of your magnificent flowers in a bucket on its deck would help! However, it does remind me of a houseboat we hired on the Norfolk Broads a few years ago...Sad
A fine clean and sharp image, Ronnie.

23 May 2012 2:17PM
Excellent shot Ronnie,wonderful texture and tones..Lin
NDODS 10 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 3:28PM
A well written pre-narrative, supported by a most impressive photograph. I can't possible even begin to describe the quality. Top notch.

Regards Nathan
It seems to blend in with the surroundings... Very well observed & captured & a lot of rust that will please someone!
23 May 2012 7:57PM
Ha ha, great title Ronnie, and who better to dedicate this image to. Great stuff.

John Smile
Niknut Plus
10 2.8k 82 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 7:59PM
Lovely shot !!!....with some great colours & textures.....sad to see an old tub just rotting away like that !!
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
23 May 2012 10:28PM
love the strong rich colours Ronnie
Tynnwrlluniau Plus
11 112 38 Wales
23 May 2012 10:38PM
Splendid decay and delapidation, Ronnie Smile
bobsblues 11 10 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2012 6:11AM
Beautiful shot Ronnie so well captured.Smile
like the earthy tones as the boat returns to nature
24 May 2012 7:30PM
This reminds me so much of the Vital Spark from Para Handy. Certainly looks like that type of Clyde Puffer.
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
24 May 2012 10:17PM
What a wreck, green gunge, grot and rust this boat is worse than some of those on the Gloucester to Sharpness canal and severn estuary near Purton. The Big O may not be joking with his tongue in cheek comment, some of those boats I saw on the Kennet and Avon canal between Bath and Bradford on Avon when on my canalboat holiday last March left a lot to be desired and hardly looked fit for use!
marktc Plus
10 101 15 United Kingdom
25 May 2012 11:13AM
Great shot Ronnie, hard to tell for sure without all he rigging, but judging by the remains of the foremast it's more likely to have been some type of trawler.

Whatever, a sad way to see a boat.. After 24 years in the RN my first ship is now at the bottom of the sea off the south coast acting s a reef! (well beyond a refit and very sad)

jasonrwl Plus
10 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
26 May 2012 10:47PM
Great shot Ronnie - like the reflection
twelvemegs 10 6 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 10:26AM
Excellent capture Ronnie.

PaulMillar 9 83 2 Scotland
7 Jun 2012 9:40PM
Nice reflection........and supper sharp the rust factor, same that things get to this stage....but the again makes a supper shot.....right up Mikbee's street.


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