Pictures are copyright of members
Martins commentary on the member’s night :-
Before the war my father was an ironmonger, but having served in the Navy during the war, he could not settle down again.
At the time the Admiralty were selling off ships they had commandeered for use in the war. One was the motor yacht “Grey Mist” owned by the Guinness family and used as a mine sweeper throughout the war.
My father sold his business and bought the “Grey Mist” for £4000, which was about the price of two houses then.
I was 16 at the time and joined my parents spending two years chipping off the grey paint. The most difficult part was using a blow lamp and scrapper on the beautiful teak superstructure without staining the panels. To tend the underside the boat was slipped in Southampton. At that time the unions were so strong we were not allowed to work on her, so had to do it at night after the yard had closed.
Eventually we had a charter from the Rothschild family and sailed across the Bay of Biscay and took them on board at Marseilles and toured the Greek Islands.
The last picture shows the dining saloon which had an interesting table that was gimballed with a lead weight slung beneath it to keep it level when the boat rolled.
There were few people who could afford to charter such a large boat in 1950, so it was sold.
Unfortunately I have been unable to find out her fate.
(HISTORY FROM THE WEBSITE)
In 1919 the first blueprints for Grey Mist were written up for H.N. Anderson. A year later Grey Mist, was finally completed by the ship builders of Camper & Nicholson at their yard in Gosport.
In 1926 Sir John Archer K.B.E purchased Grey Mist and enjoyed her till 1934 when Harry Vincent took ownership. Then in 1939 Lady Maud Burton and her husband Ronald Rothbury Burton purchased her. Unfortunately war soon broke out and in 1939 Grey Mist was requisitioned by the British Royal Navy and participated in the Dunkirk Evacuation and was then used as a signal ship throughout World War II.
After the war it was purchased from the Admiralty by Walter Mears. After the restoration he operated it as a charter yacht around the Greek Islands and then in 1951 Martin stayed aboard for some weeks to familiarise the new skipper with all the machinery, and then travelled back to England by train with a small dog and had much trouble with the authorities at Dover about the dog that went into quarantine.
Martins Father then sold it in Cannes to Albert Bachelor who took her out of the British Registry, and later re-named her Marina II in 1966. From there she became hard to follow until the present owners found her in 1993 in Dearborn, South Africa under the name Dorita. Her current owner saw Grey Mist for the true prize she is and started getting her sea-ready and soon she was crossing the Atlantic to America in 1998.
Now she resides in Galveston Texas where she has been restored to her previous glory.
TUESDAY 1st OCTOBER
Guest speaker: Geoffrey Bradford on 'Building a Portfolio...
Open Day Arts and Craft Fair
The club's profile was raised when it was was invited to have a stall at the Guildhall at the Heritage Open Day Arts and Craft Fair at the Guildhall on Saturday 14 September. Many people commented the quality of the pictures that we put on display
PICTURES GALORE AT THE GUILDHALL..
TUESDAY 17th SEPTEMBER
Changes to the Club's Competitions were presented to members.
Report back from the Heritage Open Day Arts and Craft Fair:
There was some interest in the camera club but a disappointing day for members selling their prints.
The date for the Sunday Shoot was voted on and is to be held on Sunday 27 October from 10 a.m. till 12 noon. Meet in Bridge St car park.
It was agreed to accept an invitation from North Berwick Camera Club for an Inter-Club Challenge on 6th February 2014
A new photography project for the Club was introduced. It is called 'A Year in the Life of..........'. Members are invited to take photos of a subject/person/topic of their choice and select one image from each month of the year, beginning in September, to be presented at the Club in a year's time.
Ronnie Tait has offered to take orders for mounts from club members in order to take advantage of discounts for bulk buying.
A copy of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research Calendar containing members' images was viewed. Calendars will soon be available to purchase at £5 each.
TUESDAY 24th SEPTEMBER
Pictures from the Summer evening phpto shoots were among those featured in the members' "Show and Tell" evening.
Slide Shows were presented by Sylvia Grant form a trip to Switzerland which was accompanied by lovely music.
Carolyn Mcgreggor also presented a slide show from the temples of Ankor.
Enid Taylor also brought in a slide show from her holiday in France to Lake Annecy
Clive McGuiness brought a selection of photos from our summer shoots and also from the lotus car day at duns which was held in the summer.
Allan Dunnet had a small selection of photos from a trip to Switzerland.
The images are a selection from Clive McGuinness Enid Taylors and Allan Dunnetts.
REPORT BY DAVE SANDERSON
SATURDAY 14th SEPTEMBER
TUESDAY 8th OCTOBER
The Learning Zone -
a chance to learn new skills
from other members
A MEMBERS' NIGHT
In a busy and sucessful evening Paul Marshall offered tips on using lenses
Clive McGuinness splashed vegetables into a water tank and demonstrated how electronic flash could enable the creation of startling images.
Expert advice on the use of Canon and Nikon cameras was given by Bob Craig, Andrew Hardie and Derek Hood.
The computer processing of pictures was explained with Michael Barron on the benifits of shooting RAW images and Derek Snee on Adobe Lightroom.
TUESDAY 15th OCTOBER..
Images of cats, both domestic and of the big game variety were among the pictures that Russell Turner put on our screen when he gave us an interesting presentation. He explained what happened when he gave up playing in a band and took up photography as a hobby.
Puffins and Pine Martins, Giraffes and Oryx along with pictures of the Black Isle were all to be seen, both on the screen and in the books which he had a hand in publishing
Russell is the co-author of ‘Eileen Dubh – The Black Isle’ (favourite Scottish Nature Photography Book 2012)
GUEST SPEAKER RUSSELL TURNER
THE GREY MIST
Martin Mears showed some photos on the first member’s night of an old ship and talked about the history of the boat.
David Sanderson was interested in the subject and decided to do some research as to what happened to the ship.
David discovered on a yacht website that the Grey Mist was still afloat after all these years.
TUESDAY 22nd OCTOBER
It was yet another sucessful evening in which we benifited from advice given by experienced members..
The presentation of prints for competitions was covered as was the latest photo editing software.
The night ended with a screening of all the images entered by the clubs who took part in the last Borders Challenge Competition.
Ronnie Tait looks on while Andrew Hardie explains some of the techniques used in capturing the essence and beauty of everyday life.
If you want to see some examples of Andrews's work visit his facebook page by clicking here
THE SUNDAY SHOOT
Sunday 27th October
On what threatened to be a stormy morning, seven members braved the chill wind and took pictures around Berwick.
Pictured here, Michael Barron chooses six unedited images for Dave Sanderson to copy over on to the laptop for use in the competiton at the Club on the 5th of November
TUESDAY 29th OCTOBER FIRST PRINT COMPETITION
The First Print Competion was judged by John Thompson ARPS, CPAGB who was able to study the 47 prints submitted at his home in Stannington. Before he gave his commernts on the entries he told members. "I have lived with these pictures for two weeks and have
thoroughly enjoyed them"
THE RESULTS WERE
Portrait - 1, Andrew Hardie, 2, Allan Rogers. 3, Bob Craig
General - 1, Anne Christie, 2, Ronnie Tait, 3, Dave Sanderson
Landscape - 1 Anne Christie, 2, Michael Barron 3, Anne Christie.
Artistic - 1, Michael Barron, 2,Martin Mears, 3 Kenny Patterson
Illustrative - 1, Michael Barron , 2, Allan Rogers, 3, Martin Mears
Nature - 1, Anne Christie, 2 Andrew Hardie , 3, John Tully
TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER THE SUNDAY SHOOT RESULTS
Colin Smuthwaite judged the images from the recent Sunday Shoot. The winners were
First, Gary Young Second, Andrew Hardie Third, John Tully..
TUESDAY 19th NOVEMBER 1st PROJECTED IMAGE COMPETITION
With a great deal of humour and lot of encouragement Malcolm Kus delivered his judgement on the 69 images
displayed in the Ist Projected images Competition.
The photographers who had winning entries in the various sections were
Portrait. 1, Andrew Hardie. 2, Gary Young, 3, Gary Young.
General 1, Clive McGuinness, 2, Michael Barron 3, Peter Carr.
Landscape 1, Gary Young, 2, Gary Young 3 ,Daryn Richie
Artistic 1, Anne Christie 2, Peter Carr 3 Michael Barron
Illustrative 1, Michael Barron 2, Enid Taylor 3 John Tully
Nature 1, Anne Christie 2, John Tully 3 Anne Christie
TUESDAY 26th NOVEMBER
Guest speaker John Wilson
The club's new projector and laptop were put to good use when fascinating images were projected by John Wilson from Wooler Camera Club. He gave a talk entitled 'Through the Seasons' which covered the changing beauty of the countryside.
There were excellent shots of wildlife including one of a baby fox which approached him while he was taking photographs.
ARCHIVE SEPTEMBER 2013 - DECEMBER 2013
TUESDAY 3rd DECEMBER MONOCHROME COMPETITION
Geoffrey Bradbury judged the 16 prints entered
and raised a smile when he commented
"This one looks better the further back I get"
The results were:
Ist Michael Barron 2nd Garry Young 3rd Peter Carr
TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER
The guest speaker was Mark Davey
of Calumet Photographic, Edinburgh
Mark gave an an entertaining and superbly illustrated talk on ‘Action and Movement’
He drew upon his experience as a former newspaper photographer and told us how to make the best use of flash and and how to anticipate the 'right' moment to take the picture.
It being the last evening meeting for 2013, there was festive touch with coffee and cakes provided and raffle with many prizes.
The latter raised £55 for the club funds.