Monday, 28 January 2013

Maassluis Harbour

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

De Majesteit

The impressive Dutch paddle steamer at her home berth in Rotterdam. The ship operates year round on a variety of cruises and is also available for hire and events alongside. More information here!





Rotterdam Shipping

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


Rotterdam Harbour tugs

A selection of some of the Harbour tugs that serve Rotterdam seen on Friday.

Smit Cheetah and Smit Panther

Smith Cheetah, a Damen 3213 ASD tug 


Brugge.


Smit Ebro, a Damen 2810 ASD tug.


Fairplay 24 


SD Stingray.


Union 7. 


Damen High Speed Support Vessel 261 - Marineco Thunderbird

Passing a very cold Maasluis on Friday morning. Info on this impressive class of vessels here!


Shoalbuster 2509 Bommel

Few pictures from the christening of  Damen Shoalbuster 'Bommel' of Herman Sr BV at Hardinxveld, Netherlands on Friday.  







Wednesday, 23 January 2013

HMS Pickle North Wales sailing

A day sail out of Conway in 2006.







STS Cymru

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)



HMS Pickle

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