Serious contract timescale and cost overruns were experienced with the first two Bay Class ships, constructed at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders at Wallsend on Tyneside. By mid 2006 Largs Bay had been completed but Lyme Bay was still far from completion despite having been originally due for delivery in 2005. With total contract costs at Swan Hunter exceeding £300m compared to approximately £180m for the two ships built by BAE Systems at Govan, the Ministry of Defence decided to cancel the contract with Swan Hunter and invited BAE Systems to complete RFA Lyme Bay. In Mid July, the partly completed Lyme Bay was towed out of the Tyne by the large Switzer tug Ormesby Cross - marking the saddest possiible end to two centuries of illustrious shipbuilding on the River Tyne, which arguably, had been the greatest rival to the Clyde in the era when Britain dominated world shipbuilding. The tow around the coast of Scotland and through the Hebrides took several days and by the morning of Saturday 23rd July 2006, Ormesby Cross was towing her large charge up the Clyde to Scotstoun. In this view we see the two vessels at the famous Dalmuir Bend with Newshot Isle on the left. The buildings on the right occupy the site of another former famous shipyard - the huge Dalmuir Naval Construction Works of William Beardmore & Co which had opened a century earlier in 1905. It had been built to specialise in large naval ships, such as battleships, but enjoyed only a few years of success being severely effected by the terms of the Washington Treaty that was signed after World War I.