Flying Buzzard - Merged Threads

Vernal
13th February 2006, 07:43
The last I heard of the above mentioned tug that she was being sold to a Canadian owner has anybody got any update on this vessel

stevecz
13th February 2006, 10:22
Mentioned on Clydesite
http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/clydeshippingcompany.asp
It says she is under "restoration", but they are removing the Steam Plant and replacing it with a Diesel Engine????????????????????. Shame!

However:
There is also a link to her own site
http://www.flyingbuzzard.co.uk/

Vernal
3rd March 2006, 21:24
Thank you for the info,she was a grand old lady and I agree with you inregards to the removal of the Steam Engine it would have been great for her to retain her original plant but thats life these days.
I guess I will have to dig deeper into her whereabouts

Bruce Carson
3rd March 2006, 21:37
The steam engine is gone, and there are pictures to prove it.
Apparently it was not an important part of the "restoration".

http://www.flyingbuzzard.com/

Bruce C.

Vernal
3rd March 2006, 22:50
Thanks Bruce
Excellent web site of the old girl,will have to keep an eye open for her when she comes over to Canada

Mike Nelder
21st May 2006, 21:12
The official website of the Flying Buzzard is www.flyingbuzzard.com. We've owned her for two years now, the boilers were removed when we got her so she was no longer viable in steam (our regret too!). We are, however, giving her a new life so check out the website and contact us if you want any further info., help also appreciated!

Mike Nelder
21st May 2006, 21:29
Your friendly west coast Canadian calling! Just joined up to this site and wondering if anyone has information on ex-crew and passengers that may have been on the Flying Buzzard (ex Clyde tug/tender, 1951)? She's presently in Maryport, NW Cumbria but we're taking her over to Canada in the fall (www.flyingbuzzard.com).
Cheers ... Mike

benjidog
21st May 2006, 21:55
Welcome to SN Mike and good luck with your restoration work on Flying Buzzard.

I hope you will find much of interest here - please feel free to contribute to the threads. You may wish to post some photos of FB as you progress.

Regards,

Brian

Hugh MacLean
21st May 2006, 22:08
Welcome aboard, Mike. Enjoy the site.

Rgds

wee bobby
21st May 2006, 22:43
Hi mike', and welcome! hope the restoration goes well loo forward to the PIC'S

Gulpers
21st May 2006, 23:29
Mike,
A warm welcome to the site from me too! I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership.

Having looked at your website, Julie and you have certainly embarked on a massive project. Well done and best wishes for your continued success. (Applause)

thunderd
22nd May 2006, 01:31
Welcome Mike and good luck with the project.

gdynia
22nd May 2006, 06:37
Welcome to SN Mike and enjoy all on offer

vchiu
22nd May 2006, 07:33
Hope you could save the triple expansion engine and store for a later use. this is a very rare piece of engineering now.

If the boilers were removed, this is supposed to be the least annoying as it is a good deal to replace them with modern ones.

The experience of changing boilers on the waverley allowed to dratically cut oil consuption, although it stil remains superior to that of a modern diesel.


The other advantage is that a new boiler can burn with a much lower level of toxic emissions (CO, NO..) thanks to the regular nature of a flame in opposition to an (internal) explosion.

Anyway, I guess this is too late, and it is easy to say but needs $$$$ to do, which is not that easy.

Congratulations for saving this cute little ship from the scrap

R58484956
22nd May 2006, 11:04
Welcome mike to the site enjoy it and all it has to offer.

darrel
16th March 2007, 00:08
Hi all
Has anyone any idea what has become of 'Flying Buzzard' last heard of at Maryport,Cumbria. She was a Cyde steam tug, sunk by tow and refloated.

benjidog
16th March 2007, 00:46
Welcome to SN Darrel from Lancashire.

I hope you enjoy the site and that someone is able to answer your question.

Regards,

Brian

Gulpers
16th March 2007, 01:40
Darrel,

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey!
I hope you thoroughly enjoy the SN experience and get many happy hours entertainment from your membership. (Thumb)

Have a look at this thread for more information on Flying Buzzard:

Previous SN Flying Buzzard thread (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=4696&highlight=flying+buzzard)

non descript
16th March 2007, 10:03
Darrel, a warm welcome to you. Thank you for joining the community; enjoy the site and all it has to offer and we very much look forward to your postings. Bon Voyage

R58484956
16th March 2007, 12:33
Greetings and welcome Darryl to the site.Bon voyage.

Vernal
17th September 2007, 04:27
There was a post concerning the Flying Buzzard,I found this on youtube a video of the old girl doing her trials after she was converted to diesel:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAtUEkEfD5c

Peter Fielding
17th September 2007, 10:10
Nice to see the old girl under way again. I went aboard several years ago, when she was a tourist attraction in Maryport. Anyone have any details on when/where/by whom she was re-engined and put back into commission?

Gulpers
17th September 2007, 10:32
Four existing Flying Buzzard threads merged. (Thumb)

Gulpers
3rd December 2008, 12:59
Holyhead Coastguard have just spoken to Flying Buzzard. She is currently 8 miles SW of Bardsey Island, bound for Fishguard and ultimately for Vancouver BC. (Applause)

Coastie
3rd December 2008, 13:50
Peter, for details, see here: http://www.flyingbuzzard.com/

JimC
3rd December 2008, 14:14
Used her many times when in Anchor Line and when towing Jack-ups down the Clyde for leg-up (not over) at Roseneath Patch. her and all her 'flying' sisters.

All the old hands who rememebr her will no doubt be sad to see yet another bit of Clyde history leave the area but at least she's going abck to doing waht she did really well.

Good luck! auld yin.

Jim C.

JimC
3rd December 2008, 14:19
Checked my records - she never actually towed any rigs - that was later.

Jim C

Peter Fielding
3rd December 2008, 14:42
Coastie. Many thanks for that link.

Coastie
3rd December 2008, 15:11
You're welcome, Peter. I've been reading it myself, it is VERY impressive what they have done to her!!

mickyc123
4th December 2008, 19:53
good to to hear she is on her way, please keep us informed mickyc123

mickyc123
6th December 2008, 16:37
hi all, see in rays thread the flying buzzard is on her way do anyone no how far she has got mick

Coastie
11th December 2008, 14:29
Well, I haven't heard any more since the day we spoke to her.

Gulpers
15th December 2008, 20:36
Flying Buzzard is anchored off Penzance this morning (15 December 2008).
See photograph here (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php?photo=153057) in our Gallery. (Thumb)

treeve
16th December 2008, 17:38
Flying Buzzard left Mount's Bay at 2.30 pm 16th December 2008.

SHERRILYN G
19th January 2009, 18:56
Hello,
I have a intrest in the FLYING BUZZARD which has been docked in Maryport Cumbria for many years,over the last four years i have watched a couple Mike and Julie spend hours and hours restoring her to take her on a trip of a lifetime ,taking her to Vancover,Canada,this couple never gave up, working and living through some of the coldest toughest winters in maryport,Mike and Julie rebuild the Engine room ,created living space, created cabins,,there dedication to restore the boat to her former glory and take her on a journey of a livetime was a hugh task and a dream which has now become reality,Sadly for some of us im maryport the Flying Buzzard left in early december after a few minor proble,s and a stop over in fishguard,their dream was now as i said before a reality,from fishguardthey travelled around landsend to Falmouth,crossed Bisay to LA CORONA in north west spain,they left on the 29/12/08.hit bad weather,they continued on and anchored offPORTO SANTO,north eastof Maderia,arrived in Funchel, they left maderia on the9th of january and arrived in Las Palmas on the 11th,and intend setting off from here to head for Cape Verdes next week.
We looked around the boat just before it left, the engine room was magnificant,the hours and hours of sheer dedicated hard work had certanly paid dividends, the hold was full of aid supplys, medicins, pianos seeds,zimmer frames, you name it and it was there,Mike and Julie will be deliveing these supplies along there passage.
i personally have no background with boats etc, but this restoration has been a brilliant insight into what can be achieved through sheer hard, work and determination to follow your dream.I wish them both a safe and onward passage, would love to have seen there faces as they bring the buzzard into Vancover island.no couple have deserved to seem there dream become a reality ,more than these two..best wishes sherrilyn

K urgess
19th January 2009, 18:59
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire, Sherrilyn.
An interesting introduction to the crew.
Find your way around the ship and enjoy the voyage.

varagen
19th January 2009, 19:02
I know both Mike and Jules having visited them off and on over the last 3 years, even managed to get them a Hf radio set and antenna and nav software,keep getting updates which is very nice,hope they are having fun n the sun.

SHERRILYN G
19th January 2009, 19:20
hi...im sure they would be really thankfull and appreciative of your help,nice to see them under way,and having as you say some fun in the sun,they sure deserve it,as you say it is nice to get the updates.nice to see the Buzzard ancored in Las Palmas with the sun shining on her.makes a change from the wet cold windy weather in maryport. thank you both for your kind replys.take care ... sherrilyn

Coastie
19th January 2009, 19:43
Hi Sherrilyn.

There is a thread about the Flying Buzzard, when I find it, I will post the link here, if someone doesn't beat me to it! LOL!

Coastie
19th January 2009, 19:47
Found it! It's here, http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=13742

SHERRILYN G
19th January 2009, 20:19
Hello...Thank you so much for your help....much appreciated...kindest regards..Sherrilyn

bert thompson
19th January 2009, 22:16
Sherrilyn what a wonderful story. I do wish them every success and hope we get updates
Best wishes
Bert.

benjidog
19th January 2009, 23:11
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

R58484956
20th January 2009, 10:35
Greetings Sherrilyn and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.

SHERRILYN G
22nd January 2009, 13:02
Hi.. The Buzzard Is Making Her Way To Vancover Island Bc, Where Mike The Owner Is From, Currently Ancored Off Las Palmas, And Shortly Setting Ogff For Cape Verdes Islands, The Hold Is Full Of Aid Supplies, Seeds, Medicines, Pianos Etc, Which They Intend To Drop Off On Route,mike And Julie Have Worked Non Stop.putting In Long Days And Nights In There Bid To Return The Buzzard To Its Former Glory,they Themselves Have Carried Out The Majority Of The Massive Workload Overcoming Every Obstical Put Before Them To Follow There Dream, Take A Look At The Webpages To See The Work.get Regular Updates From This Truly Amazing Couple Will Keep You Updated..sherrilyn. Ps Great Picture PPS WEBPAGE IS wwwflyingbuzzard.com.thank you sherrilyn

SHERRILYN G
22nd January 2009, 13:07
hi all, see in rays thread the flying buzzard is on her way do anyone no how far she has got mick

ancored off las palmas due to st off for cape verded islands any day now...sherrilyn

HALLLINE
23rd January 2009, 17:35
Mike has just informed me that the original engine is now at the Irvine maritime museum, so it's good that it didn't go for scrap.
Dave

mickyc123
25th January 2009, 13:36
hi sherrilyn its always good to hear about the buzzard, fantastic acheivement Mike

Vernal
1st June 2009, 05:49
Anybody got any update on the Flying Buzzard,where is she and how long till she gets to the West Coast of Canada

AncientBrit
1st June 2009, 06:05
http://www.sailblogs.com/member/flyingbuzzard/

Vernal
2nd June 2009, 06:25
Thanks Bob
Did not know about this site
will keep an eye on it from now on
Norm

gordy
25th January 2010, 12:38
I can't find the thread on this story, of the couple who had restored the tug and were taking it to Canada.
Can anybody help?

Gulpers
25th January 2010, 15:52
gordy,

I think you are referring to Flying Buzzard.
There are already four merged threads concerning the tug however, another couple of threads have cropped up and I'll add them too in a few minutes. (Thumb)

Gulpers
25th January 2010, 16:04
Three more Flying Buzzard threads merged with this one. (Thumb)
Time we had an update on her progress, if anyone has any more information, please add it to this thread. (==D)

Goofygal
23rd November 2011, 10:45
Hi

My grandfather was a 2nd engineer on the Flying Buzzard, and was involved in the salvage of the HMS Thetis (I have a newspaper clipping). But I'm confused... everything I have seen on line about the Buzzard indicates that the boat was built in 1951.

Can anyone shed any light on this for me please?

Thanks heaps!! (Wave)

doncontrols
23rd November 2011, 12:04
Hi Goofygal,

http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/viewship.asp?id=77

http://1914-1918.invisionzone.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=167409

Hope this helps!

BillH
23rd November 2011, 21:18
Hi

My grandfather was a 2nd engineer on the Flying Buzzard, and was involved in the salvage of the HMS Thetis (I have a newspaper clipping). But I'm confused... everything I have seen on line about the Buzzard indicates that the boat was built in 1951.

Can anyone shed any light on this for me please?

Thanks heaps!! (Wave)

The Clyde Shipping Company had owned 3 vessels of this name, the third being the one to which you refer.

Here is the detail for all 3

FLYING BUZZARD (1) (1895 - 1900) iron screw tug

O.N. 104606. 380g. 26n. 150.0 x 24.5 x 13.0 feet.
T.3-cyl. (18", 29" & 47"x 33") 112 nhp 800 ihp engine manufactured by Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock.

1895: Completed by Wm. Hamilton & Company, Port Glasgow (Yard No. 119), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., (J. M. Cuthbert, manager), Glasgow.
1900: Sold to Liverpool Steam Tug Company Ltd, renamed CRUIZER.
1903: For five months was owned by Sir Thomas Lipton, Bart, London, (Liverpool Steam Tug Company Ltd., managers), before reverting to managers ownership.
1906: Sold to Canadian Pacific Railways Company, Montreal, retaining Liverpool registry.
1913: Sold to Charles & Charles George Brister trading as C. Brister & Company, Halifax.
5.11.1914: Sold to Cruizer Towing Company Ltd., Halifax.
1925: Sold to Cruizer Shipping Company Ltd., (Dominion Coal Company Ltd., managers), Halifax.
1949: Sold to Dominion Coal Company Ltd., Sydney N. S., retaining Halifax registry.
1952: Sold to Dominion Iron & Steel Company Ltd., Sydney N. S., and had subsequently been demolished by them by August 1952.



FLYING BUZZARD (2) (1912 - 1946)

O.N. 133027. 199g. 3n. 115.0 x 23.6 x 10.0 feet.
C.2-cyl. (20" & 42" x 27") 99 nhp engine manufactured by the shipbuilder.

1912: Completed by Ferguson Bros., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 204), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., (Wm. Cuthbert, manager), Glasgow.
11.8.1914 until 6.2.1919: In Admiralty service at Loch Ewe and Stornoway.
1946: Sold to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Company Ltd., Avonmouth, and renamed FAIRPLAY THREE.
8.9.1950: Transferred to the parent company - Fairplay Schleppdampfschiff Reederi, (Richard Borchard G.m.b.H., managers), Germany, and renamed FAIRPLAY XIX.
1950: Sustained fire-damage and was laid up pending disposal.
23.6.1951: Sold to Eisen und Metall A. G., Hamburg for demolition.


FLYING BUZZARD (3) (1951 - 1963)

O.N. 135529. 261g. 114'11" x 27'1" x 12'11-1/4".
C.2-cyl. (21"& 44" x 28") engine manufactured by the shipbuilder.

21.5.1951: Launched by Ferguson Bros. (Port Glasgow) Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 399), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., Glasgow.
23.8.1951: Completed.
1951: Run down by an American tanker and was beached on the south bank opposite Dumbarton. Subsequently refloated and repaired by her builders at Port Glasgow.
1963: Sold to Dundee Harbour Trustees, Dundee, and renamed HARECRAIG II.
1976: Sold to A. C. Cranes Ltd., Dublin, retaining Dundee registry.
1983: Sold to the Maryport Steamship Museum, Maryport and reverted to FLYING BUZZARD as an exhibit

No research done since 2000.

Goofygal
23rd November 2011, 21:26
You people are wonderful!! Thank you so much!! (Applause) :D

jimthehat
23rd November 2011, 23:45
The Clyde Shipping Company had owned 3 vessels of this name, the third being the one to which you refer.

Here is the detail for all 3

FLYING BUZZARD (1) (1895 - 1900) iron screw tug

O.N. 104606. 380g. 26n. 150.0 x 24.5 x 13.0 feet.
T.3-cyl. (18", 29" & 47"x 33") 112 nhp 800 ihp engine manufactured by Rankin & Blackmore, Greenock.

1895: Completed by Wm. Hamilton & Company, Port Glasgow (Yard No. 119), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., (J. M. Cuthbert, manager), Glasgow.
1900: Sold to Liverpool Steam Tug Company Ltd, renamed CRUIZER.
1903: For five months was owned by Sir Thomas Lipton, Bart, London, (Liverpool Steam Tug Company Ltd., managers), before reverting to managers ownership.
1906: Sold to Canadian Pacific Railways Company, Montreal, retaining Liverpool registry.
1913: Sold to Charles & Charles George Brister trading as C. Brister & Company, Halifax.
5.11.1914: Sold to Cruizer Towing Company Ltd., Halifax.
1925: Sold to Cruizer Shipping Company Ltd., (Dominion Coal Company Ltd., managers), Halifax.
1949: Sold to Dominion Coal Company Ltd., Sydney N. S., retaining Halifax registry.
1952: Sold to Dominion Iron & Steel Company Ltd., Sydney N. S., and had subsequently been demolished by them by August 1952.



FLYING BUZZARD (2) (1912 - 1946)

O.N. 133027. 199g. 3n. 115.0 x 23.6 x 10.0 feet.
C.2-cyl. (20" & 42" x 27") 99 nhp engine manufactured by the shipbuilder.

1912: Completed by Ferguson Bros., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 204), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., (Wm. Cuthbert, manager), Glasgow.
11.8.1914 until 6.2.1919: In Admiralty service at Loch Ewe and Stornoway.
1946: Sold to Fairplay Towage & Shipping Company Ltd., Avonmouth, and renamed FAIRPLAY THREE.
8.9.1950: Transferred to the parent company - Fairplay Schleppdampfschiff Reederi, (Richard Borchard G.m.b.H., managers), Germany, and renamed FAIRPLAY XIX.
1950: Sustained fire-damage and was laid up pending disposal.
23.6.1951: Sold to Eisen und Metall A. G., Hamburg for demolition.


FLYING BUZZARD (3) (1951 - 1963)

O.N. 135529. 261g. 114'11" x 27'1" x 12'11-1/4".
C.2-cyl. (21"& 44" x 28") engine manufactured by the shipbuilder.

21.5.1951: Launched by Ferguson Bros. (Port Glasgow) Ltd., Port Glasgow (Yard No. 399), for the Clyde Shipping Company Ltd., Glasgow.
23.8.1951: Completed.
1951: Run down by an American tanker and was beached on the south bank opposite Dumbarton. Subsequently refloated and repaired by her builders at Port Glasgow.
1963: Sold to Dundee Harbour Trustees, Dundee, and renamed HARECRAIG II.
1976: Sold to A. C. Cranes Ltd., Dublin, retaining Dundee registry.
1983: Sold to the Maryport Steamship Museum, Maryport and reverted to FLYING BUZZARD as an exhibit

No research done since 2000.

my uncle was C/E on her when she was run down,luckily he had come up on deck and was standing on the port side when the incident happened,the buzzard was coming up to take a head line and was close up under the bow when she was over run.

jim

Vernal
24th November 2011, 07:07
You might want to check this site on the original Flying Buzzard:
www.sailblogs.com/member/flyingbuzzard/

Vernal
24th November 2011, 07:13
Also check out yhis Site:
www.flyingbuzzard.com/done1.htm

ray morgan
26th November 2011, 04:55
I took some photos of the Flying Buzzard,in Maryport some years ago,the next time I went to Maryport she had gone,I often wondered were.

CEYLON220
28th November 2011, 17:39
I took some photos of the Flying Buzzard,in Maryport some years ago,the next time I went to Maryport she had gone,I often wondered were.

Ray, Maryport started up a marine exibition in the late 1990s and the FLYING BUZZARD was one of the ships there but apparently due to lack of support these ships went either for scrap or to other sorces , as for the FB well there the mystery deepens until someone else comes up on her fate.

CEYLON220
28th November 2011, 17:53
Just dug up a photo which I took of the museum ships at Maryport before they berthed them in the inner harbour,
the yacht is the SCHAARHORN and I think that the FLYING BUZZARD is the one inboard against the seawall.

Regards,

Dave.

BillH
28th November 2011, 18:58
Ray, Maryport started up a marine exibition in the late 1990s and the FLYING BUZZARD was one of the ships there but apparently due to lack of support these ships went either for scrap or to other sorces , as for the FB well there the mystery deepens until someone else comes up on her fate.

Some deep digging into various tug orientated websites and others, has thrown up the following bits and pieces

2004 she was sold to Mike and Julie Nelder of Maryport who intended to convert her to diesel as part of restoration then sail her to Canada.
2008: Undergoing refurbishment
Her original steam engine was at the Scottish Maritime Museum at Irvine in October 2009
At that time the FLYING BUZZARD was at Chaguaramas, Trinidad.
Since then, she has been reported as being to Isla Margarita/Venezuela and mostly up to Grenada and St Vincent since (as well as acting as a wedding venue for her owners).
She may be used as a floating bar at Cariacou for a while.

A correction to her as a casualty in 1951 it was actually 1952

"FLYING BUZZARD" (1951, 261g). Owned by Clyde Shipping Co, Ltd., was fouled by the tanker 'ESSO APPALACHEE' (1942, 9,819g) in the Clyde, 22/4/1952 and foundered by the Dumbuck Light. Salvage is in progress.

6/1952: "FLYING BUZZARD" Was refloated 23/5/1952 and towed to Messrs. Lamont's yard for repairs.

ray morgan
10th January 2012, 02:31
I remember seeing a TV program called Murphys Navy I think, were they brought a Puffer,the Schaarhorn and I think the Flying Buzzard,through the Caladonian Canal from the East Coast to start a Museum in Maryport Cumbria,nothing there now,that was some years ago.

Duncan112
10th January 2012, 10:51
"Flying Buzzard" was bought by a couple who reengined it and set off on a world cruise blog here http://www.sailblogs.com/member/flyingbuzzard/

Gulpers
10th January 2012, 12:58
Latest Flying Buzzard thread merged with all the previous ones. (Thumb)