Greenock Arrival


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We booked a berth at the James Watt Dock Marina in Greenock near Glasgow way back in February while we were still in Daytona, Florida. Five months and 4,500 miles later, we’re actually here. En route, we met up with the only US-flagged vessel we’ve seen since leaving Newport, RI. Nordhavn 55 Odyssey arrived into Cork, Ireland from the US a few weeks after we landed at Kinsale and cruised up the east coast of Ireland while we were along the west (Odyssey’s Journal). We’d been in touch with owners Don and Nancy Payzant, but weren’t expecting to meet up since they were continuing north through Scotland to Norway while we were stopping in Glasgow for a few weeks. But somehow our paths crossed in Lamlash and we finally met in person.

Trip highlights from July 13th through 16th,2017 follow. Click any image for a larger view, or click the position to view the location on a map. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps

7/13/2017
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Mull of Kintyre

We’ve just rounded the Mull of Kintyre and entered Scotland. Paul McCartney’s song, “Mull of Kintyre”, was a tribute to this area where he lived and owns a farm. The song became the UK’s all-time best-selling single, besting the Beatles “She Loves You”.
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Dunaverty Point

RVs parked at Dunaverty Point with a great view to sea.
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Seatours

We weren’t the typical quarry for this Mull of Kintyre Seatours eco-tourism boat out of nearby Campbeltown, but we certainly caught their attention.
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Sanda Island

The lighthouse on Sanda Island was built in 1850. The island is privately owned and has had a number of different owners over the years, including Jack Bruce who was a member of the rock group Cream with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.
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Holy Island Lighthouse

The lighthouse at the south end of Holy Island was built in 1877 and automated one hundred years later in 1977.
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Holy Island

Looking southeast to Holy Island from the anchorage at Lamlash. After an intensive fund-raising effort, Tibetan Buddhist monk Lama Yeshe Losa bought the island and built the Center for World Peace and Study.
7/14/2017
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Odyssey

Nordhavn 55 Odyssey arrived into Cork, Ireland from the US a few weeks after we landed at Kinsale and cruised up the east coast while we were along the west (Odyssey’s Journal). We’d been in touch with owners Don and Nancy Payzant, but weren’t expecting to meet up since they were continuing north through Scotland to Norway while we were stopping in Glasgow for a few weeks. But somehow our paths crossed in Lamlash and we finally met in person. Odyssey is the only US-flagged vessel we’ve seen since arriving in Europe.
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Tenders

Don putting out a stern anchor with the Odyssey and Dirona tenders rafted together to keep them afloat off the pier. The pier dries at low tide, and we should have plenty of water before we return, but we decided to not take any chances.
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Glenisle Bistro

We had an excellent meal and a wonderful evening with Nordhavn 55 Odyssey owners Don and Nancy Payzant at the Glenisle Bistro.
7/15/2017
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Bute

En route to Greenock, we passed the ferry Bute moored at Wemyss Bay after crossing from Rothesay.
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MT Stuart

The pilot boat MT Stuart guides boats along the River Clyde to the ports of Greenock and Glasgow.
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Cloch Lighthouse

The Cloch lighthouse was completed in 1797 with an oil lantern. In 1829 an Armand lamp (a brighter form of oil lamp) was installed, and around 1900 it was lit by acetylene. The light is fully automated now and lit with a lamp on a pole outside the lantern room.
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Ferries

Ferries crossing, likely on the run between Hunter’s Quay, Dunoon and McInroy’s Point, Gourock.
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Amazon

Amazon fulfillment center in Gourock.
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Disney Magic

The cruise ship Disney Magic at the Greenock docks is one of thirty-seven cruise ships scheduled to visit this year.
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James Watt Dock

It seems an awfully long time ago that we booked a berth at the James Watt Dock Marina while we were in Florida in February. It’s hard to believe that we’re actually here now. The marina is about six years old, and built in the old commercial docks used for offloading sugar.

Sugar refining started in Greenock in 1765 and by the end of the 1800s about 400 ships a year were transporting sugar from the Caribbean to be refined at one of Greenock’s 14 sugar refineries. The last refinery closed in 1997. The building along the dock is known as “The Sugar Warehouse”.

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Greenock

A walking tour of Greenock on a soggy afternoon. No matter, we’re happy to be here.
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O2

We stopped in the local mall to pickup a UK SIM card from O2. Our Vodafone SIM from Ireland generally will work fine throughout the EU, but we wanted to get a local SIM and phone number.
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Wedding

A hand-built Beauford convertible and matching an Asquith Mascot bus of Ashton Wedding Cars at a wedding in Greenock.
7/16/2017
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Odyssey

Don and Nancy Payzant on Odyssey decided to stop off in Greenock for a few days to visit Glasgow, so we got a chance to spend a little more time with them. The boats look great moored bow-to-stern.

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On the map page, clicking on a camera or text icon will display a picture and/or log entry for that location, and clicking on the smaller icons along the route will display latitude, longitude and other navigation data for that location. And a live map of our current route and most recent log entries always is available at http://mvdirona.com/maps.

 
 


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3 comments on “Greenock Arrival
  1. greg says:

    10.07.2017

    Were the mooring rates reasonable at: James Watt Dock marina in: Greenock near Glasgow??

  2. Hi Rob. We do plan to head up the west coast and pass up over the northern side of Scotland and then partway down the east coast before passing through the canal back to the west coast.

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