Streamed live on Sunday 15 May from Strone, Cowal. The arrival of the 83-year-old TS Queen Mary towed from Tilbury.
In just under a year, Friends of TS Queen Mary had secured over £300,000 of corporate in-kind giving and donations, enabling the ship to undergo essential repairs to make her seaworthy for the voyage north.
HMS Ark Royal left Loch Long’s Glen Mallan this morning on her final journey attended by Sd Dexterous, Sd Nimble and Sd Impulse. The aircraft carrier had spent the last five days unloading armaments at the MOD jetty. She was given a farewell salute with fire hoses by the attending tugs off RNAD Coulport.
We understand that, enroute to decommissioning at Portsmouth, she will be open to the public at Northumberland Quay, North Shields on Friday 19 November. Video footage of her departure will be available shortly.
Loch Long is a sea loch stretching 20 miles from the Firth of Clyde in the south west to Arrochar in the north east. The loch was used as a testing ground for torpedoes during World War II. Finnart Oil Terminal, which is linked to Grangemouth via a 60-mile pipeline, is on the eastern shore of the loch with access to Loch Goil on the western shore. The Royal Navy's Coulport Armament depot (part of HMNB Clyde) and Glen Mallan jetty, linked to Glen Douglas defence munitions depot are located on the eastern shore.
From the village of Ardentinny, LochLongCam provides 24/7 coverage of Loch Long shipping activities. We grab and upload still images from the live cam at hourly intervals.