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#1 Redshank

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:02 AM

Inveraray born author Neil Munro wrote the Tales of Para Handy,
a story of the adventures of a Clyde Puffer captain on a Vessel called The Vital Spark.

Now albeit that the vessel Vital Spark is a fictional ship, a puffer now converted from steam to a diesel engine formerly known as the Eilean Easedale has been renamed and is moored at Inveraray pier, and for the benefit of the tourists, is The Vital Spark.

Very few of the original steam puffers now exist, but we in this area are privilaged to have the VIC32 moored at the Crinal canal basin, she is now available to charter for an adventure holiday, tourist who charter her for a trip are encouraged to help in the day to day running of the ship and to open the lock gates when the make passage through the canals, be it the Clyde, Crinan or Caledonian.

This morning Charlie the lock keeper told me the VIC32 was coming through, so I got my camera out to get a few shots of her as she passed by my house on her way through lock 11, here are the results


on her way up to lock 11


approaching lock 11 and my house


in the lock, dwarfing my house


leaving lock 11


on her way

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:06 AM

You know I like it when the members bring us photos of their part of the world. Keep the photos coming. I enjoy them. I am going to get out with my camera and bring some of my neiborhood to you all. I really would like everyone to do that. Especially. those across the sea.
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#3 MacMoose

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:10 AM

Great pics, thanks for sharing!
You certainly do live in a beautfiul area.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:11 AM

I thought Puffer's name was Jack....


hehe
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:39 AM

QUOTE (MacMoose @ Apr 27 2009, 09:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I thought Puffer's name was Jack....


hehe


SO DID I
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:53 AM

When I saw this thread, I had a moment of CONFUSION. huh.gif huh.gif ( I could not remember posting it. )

I am GLAD to see it.

1. GREAT PHOTOS.
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#7 CWK Gary

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 10:55 AM

I always look forward to your posts.

Fantastic photos, Thank you for sharing them with us.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 11:10 AM

that sounds like an awesome trip. i hope to take it someday.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:44 PM

I think I may have to move to your backyard.
Or invoke my dual citizenship & move back to Aberdeen. Sheep, beware!
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:46 PM

Beautiful pics! I am so glad you are here.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 06:05 PM

Great pictures Chris, Thanks for sharing.

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