from the Glasgow Reunion: Album
1 - Album 2
Complete Glasgow Guest List
was by far the largest of our reunions with more events
than ever taking place, all of them very well attended.
The Clyde cruise was a great success; the weather
was perfect, right down to the lovely sunset as we turned
for home. For
those of the 200 on board who had sailed in ships built
on the Clyde, it was an especially nostalgic journey,
as we passed the sites where great shipyards once stood.
Clyde Marine provided a commentary written especially
for BI which reflected the company's long association
with the river. An arduous tour of Glengoyne distillery was
undertaken by 96 people and 126 attended a talk
by Professor Forbes Munro, concluding with a lively
question and answer session which I understand was much
enjoyed by speaker and audience alike. Showings of the
video devoted to BI, 'The
Great Liners: East of Suez', used rare film of ships, including Dunera,
Rajula, Chantala, Nevasa, Kenya and Uganda among
others, to portray aspects of BI's fascinating story. Many
people were watching it for the first time and some were,
I suspect, moved to shed a surreptitious tear. A magnificent
piper conducted us into the celebration dinner which was
attended by 275 guests and on Sunday 200 of us enjoyed a
hearty curry lunch.
Dinner Capt David Colley gave the toast to "Absent Friends" in
response to Capt Cess Smylie's toast to "BI, her ships
and all who sailed in them, coupled with the name of the
founder, Sir William Mackinnon". On behalf of everyone
at the reunion David sent best wishes for his forthcoming
voyage to Robin Knox Johnston. In the concluding paragraph
of his speech he said: "One name though - the BI's Sir
Robin Knox Johnston - is away again on October 22nd from
Bilbao in his boat Grey Power to take 200 days off his
original single handed record. We wish him well."
by the feedback we've received, it was altogether a memorable
occasion. Some, including visitors from
overseas, were attending their first reunion and were clearly
relishing meeting up with long lost friends, and making new
ones, which after all is what these reunions are all about.
I've attached the guest list for those who couldn't make
it but are maybe thinking about coming to the next one.
I were kept pretty busy throughout the weekend but with our
dedicated little band of helpers we just about managed to
keep things running smoothly. It's a pity we didn't
have more time to sit down and chat with people. At
this point it seems appropriate to say how much John and I
appreciated your generous gifts presented to us at the curry
lunch. We now have a beautiful Schatz Royal Mariner
ship's clock which is chiming the bells of the watch in the
hallway of our new house. And
the BI tumblers have been christened with generous measures
accounts were settled the auction produced a net profit of £916.00 of which we donated £616 to our
main charity, the Missions to Seafarers with an additional £300
going to the ss Uganda Trust.
We do indeed all wish you every success in your endeavour and hope to see you
at the next UK reunion - wherever it will be - in 2008.
the Glasgow reunion, we have had the sad news that David
Colley died in August 2007)