A brief visit to Cornwall this weekend for my first trip of the season to the Isles of Scilly aboard Scillonian III . . . . . making her final sailing of the season.
Alongside at St Mary's for a quick turnaround - crane in use both ways to maximise the time available. Hope all ended up at the right terminal!
As sailing time approached it was time to join the queue for the sailing back to Penzance.
Departing St Mary's for the final time in 2013.
The usual three short blasts were followed by a prolonged one to signal the final departure.
Returning through Crow Sound, used on both inbound and outbound.
Final look at the Islands as we headed back to the mainland.
Runnel Stone and Longships in the distance.
Alongside and finished with engines - 36th year in service completed.
For those who have not traveled on the ship this season here's a look aboard showing the results of an extensive refit last winter by Penzance Dry Dock.
Much of the work went on below decks and has resulted in a modern, clean and stylish finish making the ship ready for many more years in service.
Dining Saloon on the main deck.
Main deck seating area.
Upper Deck seating area.
A great improvement to the experience the passenger gets aboard, perhaps the only shame is the loss of the 'Lyonesse Lounge' area (see below) now a coffee bar in the style of the Main Deck dining area.
Yesterday afternoon the long awaited sailing of PS Medway Queen from Avonmouth took place. Tug and tow had been waiting a suitable weather window to head to the paddle steamers home at Gillingham Pier on the River Medway.
The former Naval tug Christine 'hipped up' to PS Medway Queen ready to depart.
Approaching Avonmouth Lock.
Alongside in Avonmouth Lock.
Christine takes the strain and the lock awakes to the sound of her turbocharged Lister Blackstone . . . . a proper tugboat engine!
PS Medway Queen obediently follows.
Tug and tow rounded Land's End this morning and to use a technical phrase, they are going like the clappers up the English Channel! A wonderful achievement to all involved in the project! For more information see Paddle Steamer Medway Queen Preservation Society.