One of my favourite harbours . . . seen here on Friday morning. Rather cold at minus 8 but still a great place for a walk around. The harbour has a variety of preserved tugs based at it including the steam tug Furie, former ocean tug Elbe and some other smaller classic diesel tugs.
Sunday, 27 January 2013
A selection of ships around the Rotterdam area on Friday.
General Cargo vessel Arelia inbound.
Dredger Crestway with . . .
. . . an impressive bow wave!
Freight ferry Flandria Seaways
1979 built dredger Hein with a new bow since I saw her last.
Container feeder ship Njord
Stena Hollandica at Hook of Holland waiting her return sailing to Harwich. I travelled across on her overnight (Thursday).
Bulk Carrier Berge Stahl
Passing a very cold Maasluis on Friday morning. Info on this impressive class of vessels here!
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
Sistership to HMS Pickle then called STS Cymru and proposed to become a Welsh Sail Training Ship seen here arriving and departing from Cardiff Bay under my command in 2005. Sadly the project didn't take off and the ship is now under restoration at The World of Boats in Cardiff.
Approaching Cardiff Barrage 'Lock 1'
Lining up to enter the lock.
Departing the lock.
Crossing Cardiff Bay.
Departing 'the bay' and returning to Cardiff Dock (picture Richard Page)
Here's a look back to August 2005 when replica of HMS Pickle arrived in Cardiff as part of The Nelson Tour
HMS Pickle, a topsail schooner, of the Royal Navy was at the Battle of Trafalgar, and though she was too small to take part in the fighting, Pickle was the first ship to bring the news of Nelson's victory to Great Britain.