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Maipura in drydock. 1966.

Maipura in drydock. 1966.

Another view of Maipura in drydock. I think that's daft Maxie Benson standing in front!! Phil Roe

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That is a real ship with nice big thick plates and rivets. None of this welded stuff.

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Peggy 747! In answer to your query, "Where was the picture taken?" I can state, without any fear of contraception, that I took it on the floor of a drydock------in Scotland----------somewhere!! However I've just remembered! It was definitely Greenock! The drydock in Govan was as old as God and had those "steps" down each side whereas, as can be seen, THIS drydock is smooth-sided! I believe it was custom-built to take the QE2 and, if memory serves me correctly we followed the QE2 in there after she'd just had a drydocking (possible her 10 year survey?) Salaams Phil(Hippy)
 

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I think the Christmas spirit has started flowing already! It was 41 years ago and in 1966 QE2 had not even been built - she was launched in September 1967. Based on the other photo that Phil posted of Maipura in drydock I would have thought it is almost certainly Greenock because of the hills in the background. From what I can remember of Govan you can't see hills from that area.
 

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Well done Tony! You managed to spot my deliberate mistake! I thought I'd try a little social experiment and slip an obvious, glaringly-wrong, "howler" into a very learned discussion to see how observant the membership of SN really is. I was not let down!!! However to suggest that alcohol was, in any way, shape, or form involved is extremely hurtful and damaging to my reputation as an upright (?) occasional (?) imbiber. You will probably be hearing from my solicitor once I've tracked-down which boozer he's in and whether he's sober enough!! In the interim, though, I'd just like to say your winners prize of an empty can of Tennents will be on its way once I've found-out how to squeeze it into my computer and send it to you via e-mail!! Salaams from the very red-faced (caused by embarassement, NOT grog!!) ex-Teen-sahib!!!! Phil Roe P.S. I could have altered my pompous declaration that "if memory serves me correctly--------- etc." but that would have been VERY po-faced and this response is much more fun!!!!(==D)
 

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In spite of the Christmas Spirit, or is it Scotch Mist? I will take it that its in Greenock, never the less its a great picture, one taken quite in the right place, after climbing out of this dock one would have surely needed a reviver to restore the spirit.

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Great shot Phil. There were three drydocks in Greenock, Scotts' had their own, next was the Garvel Drydock next to the James Watt wet dock where this was taken, then much later the new Firth of Clyde Drydock at Inchgreen further up the river near the Port Glasgow boundary. It had a notch taken out of the top to accommodate the Queen Elizabeth
 

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