A rarity and almost a museum piece.
On her annual training cruise from her US base at a first visit to Glasgow for the US, training ship Empire State is picked up by tugs off Greenock.
One of the standard Merchant ship designs built for US merchant and US Navy operation in the 1962 by Newport News Shipbuilding. Steam turbine powered with fuel hungry machinery increasingly obsolete today. Former US Merchant Navy names Oregon and Mormactide converted to training ship in 1988.
images/content/features/201811/Nautica_Svitzer_Milford_Ayton_Cross_Anglegarth.jpg The cruise vessel Nautica on a round UK cruise in September had secured to Greenock passenger terminal as 480 passengers made a shore visit to Loch Lomond.
Gusts attributed to Storm Ali broke the ships moorings and she was blown across the Firth. The local Svitzer tugs were nearby and took charter of the situation and the Nautica was rescued for the evening and re-embarked the largely US and Canadian Passengers.
They were said to have enjoyed their extended stay in Greenock. Some had been in Europe to avoid the first Hurricanes of the winter back in the States.