I stood by the Tweed when building at Scotts. As I remember it, she fell off the slipway on the day they launched her, bounced off an Indian sugar boat on the next berth and went into the water. I seem to remember one of the managers at Scotts telling me that she cost them £2m more to build than BP paid for her and that those ships finished Scotts as a commercial concern. She hit the side of the Inchcape drydock coming in off trials and had to have a plate renewed prior to final acceptance. Very little seemed to go right during her first year in service, but we had some good people on board.
Didn't Gil Barber fly the Welsh flag, claiming to be the commander in chief of the Welsh Navy?