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Last week featured a few photos of HMS Dragon over by the Manhattan passenger terminal.  Those photos prompted these from a tug captain on the Clyde, who attended the launch of the vessel back just over 11 years ago.

Click here and, with the magic of YouTube,  you see video of the launch AND the tug, with music.

Here mere seconds before the first splash, the tug has moved away .  .

 

Now the tug moves back in to tether the dragon to grab the bridle and

lead it to a dock.

All photos by Capt. Tommy Bryceland, whose photos have previous appeared here.

 

 

 

Wonder if this is the only vessel of any navy to bear dragons on it bow . . .  Do you know which navy this is?  Might this be a 21st century counterpart to figureheads?

Here are posts I’ve done of figureheads.

It’s the HMS Dragon, D35, and the dragon has not always been there throughout its short seven-year service.

All photos by Will Van Dorp, who previously had dragons on this blog eleven years ago.

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