< April 2011 >

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Contents

Friday, 1st April Ships
Saturday, 2nd April Ships
Sunday, 3rd April Isle of Man ferry
Monday, 4th April Ships
Tuesday, 5th April Another ship
Wednesday, 6th April Boat
Thursday, 7th April Dredging at night
Saturday, 9th April Ships and docks and ships
Sunday, 10th April Ships
Monday, 11th April HMS Mersey leaving
Wednesday, 13th April Ships
Friday, 15th April Ships and HMCS Athabaskan
Saturday, 16th April HMCS Athabaskan
Sunday, 17th April Ships and a skyline
Wednesday, 20th April HMCS Athabaskan's departure
Saturday, 23rd April Leeds–Liverpool Canal
Sunday, 24th April Golden Acre Park
Friday, 29th April Spring on the Waterfront Festival:
Ships and boats
Merchant Navy memorial
Wildlife
Street entertainers
Saturday, 30th April Sailing ships

Friday, 1st April

Moon Lady Manannan

Saturday, 2nd April

Frisian Summer Ashgarth Ashgarth and Admiral Day

Sunday, 3rd April

The Isle of Man ferry has started running from its terminal again. I'm not sure if they were running from Birkenhead over the winter or not at all. Possibly the latter, as I don't remember seeing their shiny boat.

Manannan Manannan Manannan Manannan
Manannan Manannan Manannan

Monday, 4th April

A ferry on its way to repairs at Cammell Laird.

Norbank Svitzer Bidston

Tuesday, 5th April

The hills on the horizon are Wales.

Mersey Seaways Mersey Seaways

Wednesday, 6th April

This little boat has been pottering around, surveying the results of Admiral Day's dredging, I think.

Royal Charter

Thursday, 7th April

Admiral night!

Admiral Day Admiral Day Admiral Day

Saturday, 9th April

HMS Mersey arrived at the cruise liner terminal this morning.

HMS Mersey (P283) HMS Mersey (P283), Snowdrop, Manannan HMS Mersey and Manannan
HMS Mersey (P283) HMS Mersey (P283)

And, in the afternoon, I took a walk along the road by the docks to see if there were any photographic opportunities.

Alexandra Tower Mersey Tunnel ventilation shaft Victoria Tower, Salisbury Dock Victoria Tower
Potato Famine plaque Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse Heritage Market, Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse
Stanley Dock Stanley Dock warehouses Stanley Dock sign Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse
Capstan Winch Chimney Stanley Dock bascule bridge
Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse Sand terminal Vos Satisfaction, Huskisson Branch Dock No 3 Grain silos?
Grain silos? Canada Dock Canada graving dock Scrap handling equipment
Scrap grab Bridge scrapped from Heysham RFA Fort George (A388) RFA Fort George (A388)
Langton Castle Lloyd and Jones Harland & Wolff

And, you know, more ships back at home.

Sichem Hong Kong HMS Mersey (P283) Svitzer Bidston HMS Mersey (P283) and Svitzer Bidston

Sunday, 10th April

NS Consul Norma Norma dredging Annie PG
Norma PV Puffin Admiral Day PV Kittiwake

Monday, 11th April

HMS Mersey left. I wasn't expecting it, as the sign on the dock said she'd be here until the 17th. But I noticed a tug loitering and then saw that HMS Mersey had already pulled away from the quay.

Svitzer Bidston HMS Mersey (P283) and Svitzer Bidston HMS Mersey (P283) Svitzer Bidston

Wednesday, 13th April

CSL Clyde CSL Clyde and Lagan Seaways

Friday, 15th April

More ships on the river, including an LPG tanker that headed up the Manchester Ship Canal.

Leander Leander docking at Tranmere, with Moon Lady and a Smit tug Hellespont Chieftain
Keewhit Auteuil

The first boat I've ever seen in Princes Dock!

Boat in a truck Boat in Princes Dock Boat in Princes Dock

HMCS Athabaskan arrives at the cruise liner terminal. This didn't surprise me, as such, as I'd noticed a catering truck and a crane on the dock, which means something's on its way imminently. I'd not expected the Canadian navy, though.

HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) and Svitzer Bidston HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282), Smit Waterloo and Svitzer Bidston Smit Waterloo assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282)
Svitzer Bidston assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) assisted by Smit Waterloo and Svitzer Bidston PV Kittiwake PV Kittiwake
HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282)

Saturday, 16th April

Ships on the river.

HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) CH-124 Sea King helicopter on deck of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Enterprise Henty Provider

On board HMCS Athabaskan.

Nameplate of HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) CH-124 Sea King helicopter, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Canadian Forces emblem CH-124 Sea King helicopter, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Me and a CH-124 Sea King helicopter, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Liver Building Charts in the bridge of HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) Crest of HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282)
Canadian naval ensign of HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) 76mm gun, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Liverpool waterfront
HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282), cleaning instructions Canadian flag, HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) Ship's bell, HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) Canadian flag, HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282) Nameplate, HMCS Athabaskan (DGG 282)

Back on dry land. The memorial wreath was for the first HMCS Athabaskan, which was torpedoed in the English Channel in April 1944.

Alexandra Tower Alexandra Tower Memorial wreath

Sunday, 17th April

A busy morning on the river — all of these within twenty minutes. Norbank went in for repair at Cammell Laird earlier in the month and is now looking very shiny.

Norbank and Smit Donau Norbank and Lagan Seaways Smit Donau Snowdrop and Royal Iris
Daisy Doardo Acavus Snowdrop Oslo Bulk 3

Liverpool at night. The rainbow-coloured thing is the university engineering department.

Night-time skyline

Wednesday, 20th April

HMCS Athabaskan left today. She was supposed to leave at 11am but there was a delay because one of the crew had been hospitalized, so it was 1:15pm before she set sail. A bunch of ships came and went in the mean time... And the last shot shows the first canal boat I've seen using the ever-so-expensive extension to the Leeds–Liverpool Canal to Canning Dock.

Royal Charter and HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Royal Charter HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Canadian flag, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Maple leaf emblem, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Ashgarth Smit Donau Canadian naval ensign, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Guard on duty, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Smit Collingwood Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Craning gangway, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Cable Innovator Royal Iris
Young herring gull (Larus argentatus) Merseyside police helicopter HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Bridge, HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Crew of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Crew of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Crew of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Crew of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Crew of HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Smit Donau HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) Smit Collingwood
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Narrow-baot in Prince's Dock

Saturday, 23rd April

The Leeds–Liverpool Canal. Only towards the Leeds end as I'm visiting mum and dad for Easter.

Hirst lock, Saltaire Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Saltaire Mallard and ducklings (Anas platyrhynchos) Dowley Gap locks
Bingley Five-Rise Bingley Five-Rise Dowley Gap locks Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)
Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Sunday, 24th April

Golden Acre Park at dusk. The on-camera flash is surprisingly effective. Unlike JPEG compression, which has made a total mess of half of the background. *sigh*

Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum) Rhododentron (Rhododendron ponticum) Yellow flowers Red flowers
Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum) Red flowers Rhododendron (Rhododendron ponticum) Yellow flowers

Friday, 29th April

The Spring on the Waterfront festival is running for the next ten days. A whole bunch of free events right on my doorstep!

Ships and boats

PV Petrel Narrow boat in Prince's Dock Steam tug Kerne Zebu, Snow Bird and others
Steam tug Brocklebank Liverpool duck tours Glaciere Oakmere GMC
France-Hayhurst Narrow-boats Former Mersey Bar lighship Oosterschelde
Henty Progress Henty Progress Stavros S Niarchos Stavros S Niarchos

Merchant Navy memorials

Not, you know, part of the festival. But on the site.

Merchant Navy memorial Globe, Merchant Navy memorial Star globe, Merchange Navy memorial Merchant Navy memorial

Wildlife

Ditto.

Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Feral pigeon (Columba livia)
Herring gull (Larus argentatus) eating crab Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) Herring gull (Larus argentatus)

Street entertainers

And a pot of nutella, filed under “large”.
5kg jar of Nutella Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Street performer ('Lobster à la carte')
Street entertainers Street entertainer Street entertainer Street entertainer
Street entertainer Street entertainer Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Street performer ('Lobster à la carte')
Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Me and a pirate wench Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Street performer ('Lobster à la carte')
Street performer ('Lobster à la carte') Street performer ('Lobster à la carte')


Saturday, 30th April

Pelican and Stavros S Niarchos Pelican Pelican Stavros S Niarchos Cammell Laird



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