Thursday, 31 October 2013

PS Medway Queen

Today the replica paddle steamer Medway Queen departed Bristol where she was built at the Albion Dockyard to commence her journey to the River Medway. With a poor weather forecast tug and tow have entered Avonmouth where they will await suitable conditions. It is highly likely PS Medway Queen became the last paddle steamer to transit the River Avon.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Scillonian III arriving at Penzance on Friday 18th October

Arriving at the Lighthouse Pier in a strong crosswind. Great bit of ship handling by Capt Crawford!

Rix Merlin at Penzance Dry Dock

Always good to see a ship in Penzance's dry dock. Here is Rix Merlin 'on the blocks' on Monday 14th October.

On Tuesday 15th  October works were completed an the vessel moved into Penzance Wet Dock.

Paddle Steamer Waverley rounding Lands End on 15 October

Having completed her Thames and South Coast sailings Waverley heads for Glasgow. She made good time and arrived safely home before the worst of the weather closed in. Now undertaking her final sailings of the year on the home waters of the Clyde. 

Passing the Isles of Scilly freighter Gry Maritha.

Heading North with Wolf Rock in the background. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

PS Waverley - River Thames Cruise

 A selection of pictures from a cruise yesterday on Waverley from London Tower Pier to Southend.

Having swung the ship is guided through Tower Bridge by the tug General VII.

Passenger transfer complete at Southend and a near capacity crowd heads for a cruise up the River Thames. 

Those who left the ship at Southend had the opportunity to travel up the 2300 metre pier by train or walk.

Having survived the walk, and overtaken the ship by train, here we see Waverley passing under Tower Bridge once more.  In the Pool of London HMS Belfast had the Southampton yard of Vosper Thorneycroft built Brazilian Navy Ship Brazil moored alongside her. She is used as a training ship for Navy for its 110 strong fleet which included many ex Royal Navy vessels. 

Waverley swinging in the Pool of London 

A final glimpse of Waverley for 2013 for me, probably, as she heads back down River for Gravesend and Southend.