Monday, 19 September 2011

Hebridean Princess - Cardiff 16th September

Here are a selection of pictures of the mini cruise ship Hebridean Princess arriving at Cardiff on Friday 16th September.

Pictures by Jane Jones.

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Matthew on a City Docks cruise this afternoon.

Tug John King

CJ King's well known tug John King now an important part of M Shed's heritage fleet.

Fleet tenders in Bristol City Docks

Pride of Bristol at rest, she is the former HMS Messina.

Former RMAS tender Bee.

MV Balmoral in lay up.

MV Balmoral at Bristol City Docks in lay up for the winter period.

Bristol City Docks - the view from M Shed

Mayflower heads up Bristol City Docks

Former Port of Bristol steam locomotive 'Henbury' on the Harbour Railway today.

Steam Tug Mayflower

Seen operating at Bristol City Docks today is the worlds oldest steam tug in operation following a major rebuild over the past few years.

Friday, 9 September 2011

MV Balmoral, the final chapter . . . . for 2011

With poor weather cancelling Balmoral's sailings for nearly a week along with a poor forcast for the week ahead the wise decision was made to withdraw the ship from service . Here's a few pictures from her passage from Avonmouth to Bristol City Docks today. Waverley continues to operate until mid September although the week ahead is likely to see some changes/cancallations as the poor weather continues. The ship will be operating on the South Coast, Thames and Clyde - timetables and booking information here - If you're unable to travel on her remaining sailings why not donate to the appeal to see the ships operate during 2012 . . . . . .

In Avonmouth Lock

Approaching the River Avon

Leaving the Bristol Channel behind for 2011.

Heading up the River Avon.

The iconic Bristol Suspension Bridge.

Locking into Bristol City Docks.

Bristol City Council's workboat Albion standing by.

Heading up City Docks.

Pride of Bristol - a former Royal Navy Fleet Tender

Former RMAS fleet tender Bee, now a liveaboard .

The World Oldest tug Mayflower getting ready for a weekend operating harbour cruises .. .
John King and Pyronaught

Coming alongside for the final time in 2011 . . .

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Welshpool and Llanfair Railway

Here's a selection of pictures from the Welshpool and Llanfair Steam Gala today.

1903 built Countess departing Welshpool

1903 built The Earl being serviced at Welshpool prior to departing with an afternoon service.

Statically preserved Monarch, built in 1953.

The Earl departs Welshpool.

Tug Brocklebank - Albert Dock Liverpool

At the Albert Dock we see the Mersey Maritime Museums tug Brocklebank looking resplendent in her original Alexandra Towing Company colours.

Built in 1964 the tug was based at Liverpool for all her working life before being retired to make way for more powerful tugs as the size of ships visiting the port increased.

Not only is she an important part of the Mersey’s maritime heritage it seems likely she will be the only 1960’s diesel ship handling tug to survive in preservation depicting an important development in the towage story which saw the final demise of steam. A number of tugs from the same era remain active in both the UK and warmer climes but few remain in original condition.

Friday, 2 September 2011

MS Prinsendam - Portbury Dock

Making her second 2011 visit to The Bristol Port Company's Royal Portbury Dock here we see Prinsendam arriving this morning.

Passing Avonmouth South Pier, UKD Orca in the background.

Svitzer Moira fast forward and Svitzer Brunel aft.

Departing Portbury Lock

In Portbury Dock where the Magnus F was working cargo on Berth 1.

Svitzer Brunel standing by to push up.

Alongside at Portbury Dock.