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Nightscene of the Claymore at Oban, built by Wm Denny 1955, twin screw Sulzer diesel

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Magnificent photograph it,s even caught the Oban rain of which there was plenty.
 

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Taken a few years ago , judging by the road vehicles.
 

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You bet he likes it, John....I have just opened SN for my daily 'wallow', and behold...the great ship herself! This composition is just splendid, magnificent, beautiful, incomparable....and all the other words that I use of photographs featuring the 'Claymore'! Well did I know that scene! McCaig's Tower - superbly illuminated, and counter-balanced by the 'Claymore's' distinctive funnel. The houses of Craigard Road and Ardconnel Road below it. The Morris Minor Estate beside the 'Claymore' (was it Captain John Lamont's family vehicle, I wonder?), the car to the right (Cortina?), the horse-box, the slippery planks on the pier, made more slippery by the rain. Many a time I went for a skid on these....When you came off the Glasgow train late at night, the 'Claymore' was always so warm and inviting, and illuminated exactly as in this picture. Donnie Stewart, the Second Steward, would appear as soon as you had struggled up the gangway, and would say, 'I'll make you some toast and tea...you'll be needing it'....and we (my mother and I) would be treated to silver service after 10.00 pm, before going to our bunks. Specially for us. Those were the days indeed, and this outstanding photograph evokes them all....Wonderful. Aye, Donald Meek likes this - you can say that again, John! Tremendous, Barny...Thank you very, very much. Donald
 

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Glad you like the picure, my farther took it I think 1965 but cant be certain of the year.

Barny
 

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Agreed - fabulous picture. Like Donald says, i can just about transport myself right back there - but for a small problem - i'm too young to remember this Claymore in Oban, however i can swap this for the likes of my Dad's Glen Sannox, or the Columba. And those wet pier planks - wow! trecherous!
Brilliant - so many superlatives.
 

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It is indeed an amazing picture.Never seen anything like it,like actually walking on the pier.
 

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It would be a good picture to sell as a photographic print. Not only would ferry enthusiasts and the islanders that relied on her buy it but I think the Oban folk would as well.
 

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the car to the right (Cortina?),
Donald,
Could the maroon car be a Vauxhall Victor/Cresta? (?HUH)
 

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