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"Tug and Destroyer"

By RonnieAG
Totally different subject matter for a change: 3 images yesterday on Clydeside captured yesterday and 4th. captured in October 2009.

V 1: Tug "Impulse"
V 2: Tug "Impulse" sitting beside HMS Dragon.
V 3: HMS Dragon (4th. of the Type 45 air defence destroyers) assembled on the Clyde and now berthed at it's fitting out basin.
V 4: Dragon motif on bow (image from October 2009)

Details: See EXIF for V 1.

Many thanks to all who supported and commented on "Retrospective Study".......I am most grateful for all remarks.


Tags: Photo journalism Tugboat R clyde Type 45 Destroyer HMS Dragon Naval vessels

Voters: mikbee, JPatrickM, taggart and 56 more

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mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 12:23AM
Good contrast with the ''rust bucket'' next to the new Ronnie !!
And I will guess HMS Dragon will be de-commisioned before the rust gets a chance to settle with all this nonsense with the Government cuts !!
JPatrickM 13 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 12:33AM
Great set of images Ronnie. Superstructure on the tug is quite amazing !
lesliea 11 2 Australia
3 Mar 2011 12:36AM
Very nice image Ronnie, great colours, well taken.
Allen, Grin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
3 Mar 2011 12:36AM
Great reportage here--- and I love the dragon!

gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
3 Mar 2011 12:38AM
Crystal clear images with a great sense of scale. - gary
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 1:13AM
Superb set of image Ronnie, pin sharp and so well captured.

JimV 14 6 3 Canada
3 Mar 2011 1:42AM
A very interesting set of shots for an old Clydeside shipyard man like myself, must say that neither of the ships appearing here are as good looking as they once were, the Steel & Bennie and Clyde Trust tugs had much more visual appeal, and the same goes for the modern destroyer, though no doubt much more lethal than of yore. My son-in-law works for BAE, he works on the design and development of the guided weapon systems. Certainly a change of subject for you Ronnie, but as well taken and presented as always!
Rgds., Jim.
PS. You should have uploaded these on Monday as that was St. David's day [The patron saint of Wales] Smile
JimV 14 6 3 Canada
3 Mar 2011 1:51AM
My error St. David's day was yesterday,1st. March, sorry about that!
EAS 11 1 13 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 2:05AM
Recall little tug-boats hard at work in the Clyde from my childhood. Always reminded me of busy little Terriers! Wonderful contrast in colours, size and shape between the 2 vessels here and that Dragon is a stunner! All 4 pin-sharp, as always.

3 Mar 2011 2:40AM
Hi Ronnie, change is good and so as the images that u have uploaded, love the red dragon print, excellent..

jaktis 16 84 Sweden
3 Mar 2011 5:35AM
Even the big one needs help

NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
3 Mar 2011 5:41AM
good set and well reported Ronnie,spot on detail throughout.
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
3 Mar 2011 6:27AM
An excellent set of images, Ronnie, it's amazing what these little tugs can do, considering their size against the big brute! Carol
Glyn1 11 4 1 England
3 Mar 2011 6:47AM
Great series Ronnie.

Ray42 12 3 England
3 Mar 2011 6:50AM
Four very good shots - like the lead shot very much - just shows about getting in closer to find the shot - a good contrast and a very well taken set of pics
No shrinking Violets here Ronnie (sorry) I couldn't have guessed that this was yours, but a good set bo less and always a great idea to look outside the comfort zone. The Clyde is a treasure trove of different things to point a camera at, as you prove so well here.

tomcat 15 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 7:36AM
Contrary to other comments, I find modern warships have a menacing look to them. They are supposed to no doubt.
A fine set of images Ronnie.

luckybry 11 3 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 8:28AM
grt colour pop work
User_Removed 16 386 2 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 9:29AM
Excellent detailed capture.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 9:34AM
Super images here Ronnie, lots of detail and the contrast of the yellow against the grey in V1 works well for me!
3 Mar 2011 10:24AM
A nice departure here Ronnie hold on to these pics as the subject matter is almost as extinct as the Dodo nice bright clear sharp images click WinkGrin
jackitec 12 16 Spain
3 Mar 2011 10:54AM
Excellent set Ronnie, love to see anything on the Clyde,

11 10 10 England
3 Mar 2011 11:26AM
Very different subject Ronnie but as always very well detailed and presented.
Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 11:36AM
Little and large here, what a change for you Ronnie, shows us again no obstacles to you..turn your cameraSmile to anything. great set and V2 for me as exceptional details picked out
achieverswales 10 8 101 Wales
3 Mar 2011 12:07PM
Love the colours and composition Ronnie! V4 for me because of the dragon


barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 1:05PM
Some boat that !!
interesting to see these .... thankyou
phil99 14 45 6 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 1:34PM
Some outstanding work recently Ronnie . Sorry I don't get round to view or comment on any sort of regular basis as it's not good for me to sit in front of the computer for long periods of time . Trust you arev keeping well and obviously getting round and about with your camera....Phil
danbrann 16 640 17
3 Mar 2011 2:07PM
Well recorded Ronnie.
moiral 10 12 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 2:59PM
Very nice shots Ronnie. I really like V4 with the dragon motif. Moira
Rock 18 10 2 England
3 Mar 2011 6:49PM

TonyWatson 10 1 England
3 Mar 2011 7:18PM
Something wrong here Ronnie, I can see the water, but there are great lumps of metal in the picture! ~ Where is all the landscape gone? Wink
Nice Mate
Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
3 Mar 2011 7:43PM
A fine set of shots which will no doubt appeal to our Celtic cousins from across the Severn Bridge
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 7:45PM
Grand detail in these images.
pluckyfilly 14 351 33 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2011 8:43PM
great set of piccies and so very different for you but good work
Peagreen Plus
10 1 1 England
3 Mar 2011 9:41PM
Superb set of images. Ronnie. The detail is fantastic . Very well captured , great work. Like them all Grin
Take care, Pauline
3 Mar 2011 10:07PM
4 1st class images Ronnie,very nicely captured mate.
maryg 12 66 18 Scotland
3 Mar 2011 10:18PM
Catching up as I have some time just now and what a big surprise to visit yourpf and find this set. Very, very different from your usual and great to see them , all with such pinsharp lines and angles. having been brought up in Dumbarton in the forties and fifties I have lots of memories of the tugboats pulling all sorts of big ships down the Clyde where we used to swim. My father and uncles all worked in the shipyard.
Regards Mary
Suehh 13 39 6 England
5 Mar 2011 10:48PM
I really like this Ronnie - having a naval father, living in Portsmouth and having spent my teenage years in Rosyth - love all things navy, and airforce and army, and marine....

GarrathE 12 4 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2011 7:23PM
Fabulous shot and V1 is cropped to perfection. The comment about the fabulous tug superstructure is spot on, and that's because the image is.

We were in Portsmouth the day HMS Diamond (D34) was accepted into service and watched the blue ensign lowered and the white ensign raised, accompanied by much Naval broo-ha-ha.

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