Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Maid of The Tay Boat trip from Newburgh

The Maid of The Tay Boat trip from Newburgh. Maybe this is the beginning of many such trips from Newburgh which has a long association with seafaring, ships and boats. In the 19th and early 20th century Newburgh was a very busy port, goods were transfered from large sea-going vessels to smaller for upstream movement to Perth. Goods from around Newburgh, notably stone from Clatchard Quarry transported by water far and wide.

Getting ready to board.

Food and victuals for the voyage.

Just casting off with a wave goodbye.

Heading off upstream to Perth.

And off they go into a choppy venture up the River Tay to The Friarton Bridge.

The Friarton Bridge is a road bridge across the Firth of Tay on the southeastern outskirts of Perth, Scotland, approximately 25 miles upstream of the Tay Road Bridge. The bridge forms part of the eastern spur of the M90 between junctions 10 (Craigend) and 11 (Broxden), the most northerly motorway junction in the UK. It also forms part of the important east coast road corridor from Edinburgh through to Dundee and Aberdeen.

The bridge spans the river, a row of electricity pylons, the Dundee-Perth railway line, a number of warehouses and the A85 high above the surrounding plain.

It is a two-lane dual carriageway; unusually for a motorway (although not unusually for the M90) neither carriageway has a hard shoulder. When it was built in 1978, it was designated as the M85 motorway. When the A85 from the north end of the bridge to Dundee was renumbered in the early 1990s to A90 through to Dundee, the motorway's designation changed to M90 to provide a continuous route number from Edinburgh through to Fraserburgh.

If you wish to hire the Maid of the Tay:- contact Dennis Beattie 01337 840480

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