Greenock’s Tall Ships event kicks off today

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Greenock hosts the tall ships event this week where 57 vessels will be berthed until 12th July before moving on to Lerwick.  The event kicks off today at 11 am and more than 800,000 visitors are expected to visit the port.

With sunny weather forecast organisers are expecting a bumper four days with street festivals and entertainment laid on for the crowds, Saturday’s finale will feature Lulu.

The last time the event came to Greenock was in 1999 and more than 800,000 people attended the event.  The 57 ships represent 14 different nations and are manned by more than 1,800 crew members.

David Wilson, chairman of Sail Inverclyde, said: “You can really feel the excitement in the air now for the arrival of the tall ships.

“Our time has been working tirelessly to ensure that there is plenty to see and do across all four days.”

To get there by car travel west along the M8 following signs for Greenock – beware though parking will be tight.

Alternatively take the train from Glasgow Central, the Gourock train will take you into the heart of the festivities, alight at either Bogston or Cartsdyke.  Alternatively the Wemyss Bay train will take you to Port Glasgow, then simply catch a local bus for the short journey into Greenock.

38 COMMENTS

  1. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  2. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  3. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  4. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  5. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  6. No innoculations required! – despite recent articles in mainstream press – I hope locals have retained their sense of humour or I’ll not get my visa renewed.

  7. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

    • Thanks a bunch for the link – another distraction to keep me off my work!
      Seriously though – interesting stuff.

      Went across on my wee boat for look around. For anyone who can get afloat, Tuesday should be really good when they are leaving.

    • Thanks a bunch for the link – another distraction to keep me off my work!
      Seriously though – interesting stuff.

      Went across on my wee boat for look around. For anyone who can get afloat, Tuesday should be really good when they are leaving.

    • Thanks a bunch for the link – another distraction to keep me off my work!
      Seriously though – interesting stuff.

      Went across on my wee boat for look around. For anyone who can get afloat, Tuesday should be really good when they are leaving.

    • Thanks a bunch for the link – another distraction to keep me off my work!
      Seriously though – interesting stuff.

      Went across on my wee boat for look around. For anyone who can get afloat, Tuesday should be really good when they are leaving.

    • Thanks a bunch for the link – another distraction to keep me off my work!
      Seriously though – interesting stuff.

      Went across on my wee boat for look around. For anyone who can get afloat, Tuesday should be really good when they are leaving.

  8. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

  9. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

  10. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

  11. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

  12. Any one interested in finding a particular ship might like to try out this website.

    [url]http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/[/url]

    I use it regularly just to see what is happening off Peterhead. These BBC documentaries have a lot to answer for, particularly those about the Peterhead/Fraserburgh fishing boats. 😀

    Any way if you use this site you can zoom in to Greenock and see where around 20 of the tall ships are docked. You are also able to see photographs of the ships.

    For those of you going to Greenock enjoy the festivities, for those looking on websites such as this enjoy!

  13. Abroath1320
    Great website – thanks for the link
    (A surprise bonus for offshore I can see supply vessels – now that surprised me.) We have the Thailf heavy lift barge in sight but it doesn’t show up (Worth a look at Herema Thailf details)

  14. Abroath1320
    Great website – thanks for the link
    (A surprise bonus for offshore I can see supply vessels – now that surprised me.) We have the Thailf heavy lift barge in sight but it doesn’t show up (Worth a look at Herema Thailf details)

  15. Abroath1320
    Great website – thanks for the link
    (A surprise bonus for offshore I can see supply vessels – now that surprised me.) We have the Thailf heavy lift barge in sight but it doesn’t show up (Worth a look at Herema Thailf details)

  16. Abroath1320
    Great website – thanks for the link
    (A surprise bonus for offshore I can see supply vessels – now that surprised me.) We have the Thailf heavy lift barge in sight but it doesn’t show up (Worth a look at Herema Thailf details)

  17. Abroath1320
    Great website – thanks for the link
    (A surprise bonus for offshore I can see supply vessels – now that surprised me.) We have the Thailf heavy lift barge in sight but it doesn’t show up (Worth a look at Herema Thailf details)

  18. Clootie you will find that if you track some ships going West of the Shetlands the track disappears. This is down to where the various receiving stations are. However, if you are only interested in shipping nearer to the coast then I think it is, as you say, a great site.

    It blows my mind sometimes when I sit and watch all the shipping activity, particularly around the North of Scotland and as I said previously, all the rig support vessels and fishing boats off Peterhead.

    As a wee cheeky addition, when “her nibs” takes over her favourite ex-car ferry you should be able to track her “wee” excursion. 😀 Mind you having said that I haven’t heard if she is “commandeering the Hebridean Princess this year. We wait to see. 😀

  19. Clootie you will find that if you track some ships going West of the Shetlands the track disappears. This is down to where the various receiving stations are. However, if you are only interested in shipping nearer to the coast then I think it is, as you say, a great site.

    It blows my mind sometimes when I sit and watch all the shipping activity, particularly around the North of Scotland and as I said previously, all the rig support vessels and fishing boats off Peterhead.

    As a wee cheeky addition, when “her nibs” takes over her favourite ex-car ferry you should be able to track her “wee” excursion. 😀 Mind you having said that I haven’t heard if she is “commandeering the Hebridean Princess this year. We wait to see. 😀

  20. Clootie you will find that if you track some ships going West of the Shetlands the track disappears. This is down to where the various receiving stations are. However, if you are only interested in shipping nearer to the coast then I think it is, as you say, a great site.

    It blows my mind sometimes when I sit and watch all the shipping activity, particularly around the North of Scotland and as I said previously, all the rig support vessels and fishing boats off Peterhead.

    As a wee cheeky addition, when “her nibs” takes over her favourite ex-car ferry you should be able to track her “wee” excursion. 😀 Mind you having said that I haven’t heard if she is “commandeering the Hebridean Princess this year. We wait to see. 😀

  21. Clootie you will find that if you track some ships going West of the Shetlands the track disappears. This is down to where the various receiving stations are. However, if you are only interested in shipping nearer to the coast then I think it is, as you say, a great site.

    It blows my mind sometimes when I sit and watch all the shipping activity, particularly around the North of Scotland and as I said previously, all the rig support vessels and fishing boats off Peterhead.

    As a wee cheeky addition, when “her nibs” takes over her favourite ex-car ferry you should be able to track her “wee” excursion. 😀 Mind you having said that I haven’t heard if she is “commandeering the Hebridean Princess this year. We wait to see. 😀

  22. Clootie you will find that if you track some ships going West of the Shetlands the track disappears. This is down to where the various receiving stations are. However, if you are only interested in shipping nearer to the coast then I think it is, as you say, a great site.

    It blows my mind sometimes when I sit and watch all the shipping activity, particularly around the North of Scotland and as I said previously, all the rig support vessels and fishing boats off Peterhead.

    As a wee cheeky addition, when “her nibs” takes over her favourite ex-car ferry you should be able to track her “wee” excursion. 😀 Mind you having said that I haven’t heard if she is “commandeering the Hebridean Princess this year. We wait to see. 😀

  23. I took my family to Greenock for the tall ships visit. If I had known that the local pub’s were told to increase their prices to £4 per pint or their licence would be revoked for the duration of the event, and that no local businesses were allowed to be involved I would have avoided this event. If I want to be herded like a cow by a bunch of cockney’s I will go to the english olympics. It was a disgrace.

  24. I took my family to Greenock for the tall ships visit. If I had known that the local pub’s were told to increase their prices to £4 per pint or their licence would be revoked for the duration of the event, and that no local businesses were allowed to be involved I would have avoided this event. If I want to be herded like a cow by a bunch of cockney’s I will go to the english olympics. It was a disgrace.

  25. I took my family to Greenock for the tall ships visit. If I had known that the local pub’s were told to increase their prices to £4 per pint or their licence would be revoked for the duration of the event, and that no local businesses were allowed to be involved I would have avoided this event. If I want to be herded like a cow by a bunch of cockney’s I will go to the english olympics. It was a disgrace.

  26. I took my family to Greenock for the tall ships visit. If I had known that the local pub’s were told to increase their prices to £4 per pint or their licence would be revoked for the duration of the event, and that no local businesses were allowed to be involved I would have avoided this event. If I want to be herded like a cow by a bunch of cockney’s I will go to the english olympics. It was a disgrace.

  27. I took my family to Greenock for the tall ships visit. If I had known that the local pub’s were told to increase their prices to £4 per pint or their licence would be revoked for the duration of the event, and that no local businesses were allowed to be involved I would have avoided this event. If I want to be herded like a cow by a bunch of cockney’s I will go to the english olympics. It was a disgrace.

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