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Percy Pilcher with the Bat666 viewsPercy Pilcher with the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat638 viewsPercy Pilcher with his sister Ella and the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat611 viewsPercy Pilcher and his sister Ella with the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with the Bat640 viewsPercy Pilcher with his sister Ella and the Bat glider at Cardross in 1895.
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Percy Pilcher with his Bat glider673 viewsTaken in 1895, probably at Auchensail Farm, Cardross.
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Percy Pilcher in flight669 viewsPercy flies the Hawk glider at Eynsford in 1897.
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The Pilcher Hawk Glider702 viewsPercy Pilcher flies his Hawk glider in 1897.
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Puffer VIC 32152 viewsThe puffer VIC 32, also known as Auld Reekie, passes Rosneath's historic Ferry Inn while steaming through Rhu Narrows on May 3 2017. VIC 32 was built by Dunston’s of Thorne, Yorkshire, at Rowhedge in November 1943. This was a busy time for the Clyde shipbuilding yards and the Admiralty needed 50 — later 100 — victualling boats in a hurry. So they were built in groups of three by various different yards in England. In 1989 the “Friends of VIC 32” group was started, a money raising venture in case of an engineering or other crisis, and there are now hundreds of Friends. The vessel is operated by Puffer Steamboat Holidays Ltd. and offers five day cruises in the West Highlands each summer. Photo by Stewart Noble.
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Queen Mary 2594 viewsThe Queen Mary 2 — Cunard flagship and the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built when she was launched in France in 2003 — was pictured from Helensburgh seafront at 5.07 p.m. in October 2009 by burgh man Iain Duncan. The liner berthed at Greenock on a tour of the UK to mark her fifth birthday. She can take 2,620 passengers and has 1,253 officers and crew, and has 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, ballroom, theatre, planetarium, and kennels for passengers cats and dogs.
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Rest And Be Thankful562 viewsCars parked at the top of the Rest and Be Thankful as passengers look down Glen Croe, circa 1927.
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Rhu Crash724 viewsA Tennent Caledonian delivery van which crashed into the Gareloch at Rhu. Date unknown.
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Hover travel372 viewsThe Clyde Hover Ferries Westland SRN6 hovercraft, which operated a service from Craigendoran pier to Greenock from 1965-6 is pictured arriving at Craigendoran pier. Powered by a Bristol-Siddeley Marine Gnome engine, it was 48 foot long, could carry 48 passengers, and had a maximum speed over calm water of 64 knots. However the service attracted fewer passengers than hoped for, and did not prove viable. Image supplied by Robert Whitton.
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