Saturday, 29 September 2012

MV Balmoral

At Avonmouth Dock fulfilling her role as support vessel for PS Waverley. The Bal' is to remain on 'standby' until her fleetmates season finishes in Mid October before laying up for the Winter herself. I didn't manage any trips on her this season, heres to 2013 and hopefully a longer season with more opportunities to travel on this 'Classic Coastal Cruise Vessel'!





Svitzer tugs at Avonmouth

Svitzer Moira

 . . . and fleetmates await their next turn of duty.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

PS Waverley - Paddling on the South Coast

A selection of pictures from a cruise on Waverley on 21 September from Southampton to Yarmouth via Portsmouth. 

First we see a fine selection of Britains Maritime Heritage Collection - from left to right the Tug Tender Calshot, Calshot Spit Lightship, Paddle Steamer Waverley and the Steam Ship Shiedhall. The block of flats in the background is apparently a cruise ship! 


Waverley waiting for her passengers at Southampton.


Calshot


Red Eagle outbound to Cowes.


Paddling along Southampton Water. 




St Helen outbound from Portsmouth


Hovercraft on a flight from Southsea to Ryde. 


Entering Portsmouth Harbour.


Tug/workboat Peter James to tend to Waverley in the Harbour as required.


The Bristol built Spirit of Gosport. 


Wight Ryder I inbound to Portsmouth. 


HMS Warrior


UK Boarder Agency's HMC Sentinal in Yarmouth Roads. 


THV Galatea in Yarmouth Roads 


Waverley approaching Yarmouth Pier. 


The graceful lines of stretched Class 42 HMS Edinburgh on display at Portsmouth, soon she will be gone . . . 


SD Netley sporting Serco's new colours. 


Wednesday, 19 September 2012

John King

The preserved tug John King at Bristol City Docks on Saturday 15th September.






Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Fisher 25 'Picaro' meets Paddle Steamer 'Waverley'

A maiden voyage for Picaro out into the Bristol Channel this evening to see PS Waverley at Penarth Pier. 

Departing Cardiff Barrage at half tide. Tide today was 11.6 metres high, average by Bristol Channel standards! 


Clearing the Wrach Channel.


Waverley approaching Penarth.




Off to see the 'paddler' 


 Waverley alongside at Penarth Pier.




With '1 long and 1 short' Waverley pulls away. Her Master, Capt Ian Clarke has taken to promoting her with this on departure from every port of call. A great touch and good PR for her.





Off to Weston then Avonmouth.


Returning to Cardiff Bay on 'Picaro'.



The Royal Duchy - 34067 Tangmere 2nd September

A selection of pictures from a railtour behind Southern Battle of Britain Class loco  34067 'Tangmere'. 

Waiting to depart Bristol Temple Meads.


Driver Ray Churchill.


A water stop at Exeter . . . 

. . . . gave a chanc e to see A4 'Bittern' in flight with the Torbay Express.


Fowey on a cloudy Sunday afternoon.



Steam Launch 'Gallant'




34067 'Tangmere' at Par waiting to depart for Bristol.



 . . . . and next week we do it all over again!