< May 2011 >

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Contents

Sunday, 1st May Ferries and a tanker
Monday, 2nd May Ship and shore
Thursday, 3rd May Ships
Wednesday, 4th May Ships
Thursday, 5th May Ships, mostly
Friday, 6th May Traveling to Devon
Saturday, 7th May Andrew and Emma's wedding and reception
Sunday, 8th May Heybrook Bay
Monday, 9th May Wembury
Tuesday, 10th May Around our cottage in Wembury
Wednesday, 11th May Wembury
Bovisand Bay
The Royal Navy
Plymouth
Around sunset
Thursday, 12th May The fields around our cottage
Saltram House, Plympton
Heybrook Bay
Friday, 13th May Morewellham Quay
Driving home
Monday, 16th May Floating crane
Tuesday, 17th May Ships
Wednesday, 18th May Ships
Miscellaneous
Sunset
Thursday, 19th May The dredger Shoalway
Sunday, 22nd May Ships and Stanley Dock
Monday, 23rd May Tug assisting a ferry
Wednesday, 25th May A different tug assisting the same ferry
Thursday, 26th May The cruise liner Crown Princess and other shipping
Friday, 27th May Ships
Saturday, 28th May The cruise liner Rotterdam
The obligatory other traffic on the river
Night shots of Rotterdam
Monday, 30th May Ships
Buildings
Weather
Tuesday, 31st May Turning a tanker

Sunday, 1st May

Ferries and a tanker leaving Tranmere. I've no idea why there's an enormous orange-tip butterfly on the tanker, either.

Manannan and Royal Iris Royal Iris Aurora and Svitzer Stanlow
Svitzer Stanlow and Aurora Aurora Aurora Svitzer Stanlow

Monday, 2nd May

Ship...

Some river and canal traffic and more of the festival.

Tarnbris LMS narrow-boat Narrow-boat Brocklebank in Albert Dock
Brockebank in Albert Dock Former Mersey Bar lightship Liverpool Shanty Festival Astrid
Oosterschelde Oosterschelde

... and shore

Buildings and memorials on the pierhead.

Captain F. J. Walker Captain F. J. Walker Mersey Docks and Harbour Company building Royal Liver Building Liver bird

Tuesday, 3rd May

The cable-layer C.S. Sovereign arriving at Cammell Laird.

CS Sovereign and Vigdis Knutsen

Wednesday, 4th May

Gas Evoluzione Royal Iris

Thursday, 5th May

More river traffic and more of the Spring on the Waterfront festival. The Chinook helicopter flew along the river and obligingly turned across the front of my building.

Stavros S Niarchos PV Petrel Smit Collingwood Norbay
PV Petrel Sentinel Eems Spirit Chinook helicopter
Panary Skua T.S. John Jerwood Sentinel
Skua Sentinel Fishcakes

Friday, 6th May

Travelling down to Devon. The rooks are at Taunton Deane services in Somerset and the sparrow is one of many nesting in the roof of the cottage we rented for the week.

RAC Tower, Bradley Stoke Rook (Corvus frugilegus) Rook (Corvus frugilegus) Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus) Rook (Corvus frugilegus) Rook (Corvus frugilegus) Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus) House sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Saturday, 7th May

My counsin Andrew's wedding to Emma in Plymstock, Devon; the reception was at St Mellion, over the Tamar in Cornwall. You might also be interested in the official photos, which should be online by May 28th. In the mean time, there are some shots on the photographer's blog.

Wedding

Roof beams Stained glass Andrew and Emma signing the register Ruby
Ruby Emma Emma Emma
Andrew Andrew Barbara Barbara
Andrew and Emma The wedding car Lindsey and Jason St Mary's Church

Reception

Sarah and Poppy Cynthia Brian and Robert Church near St Mellion
Funny Feet Group photo Lindsey and Emma Group photo
Emma and Andrew Emma and Andrew Bouquet Shoe heart
Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby
Andrew and Emma Ruby and Louise Ruby Ruby
Wine bottle Sugared almonds Andrew's speech Brian
Louise Ruby Ruby David and Louise
David, Louise and Ruby Pete Pete The bar
Brian Barbara

Sunday, 8th May

We collected Cynthia from her hotel and took her to lunch at the Eddystone Inn in Heybrook Bay and had a walk around the bay.

HMS Argyll (F231) off Heybrook Bay Heybrook Bay, Devon Eddystone Inn, Heybrook Bay HMS Argyll (F231) off Heybrook Bay
Heybrook Bay Wildflowers Butterfly Greater Stitchwort (Stellarea holostea)
Heybrook Bay and the Great Mewstone Brian and Cynthia Common nettle (Urtica dioica) The Great Mewstone
Common bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) Thrift (Armaria maritima) Dead crab Breaking waves
Breaking waves Unidentified wildflower Lackey moth caterpillar (Malacosoma neustria) Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Sheep's bit (Jasione montana) Heybrook Bay Path near Heybrook Bay Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Thrift (Armaria maritima) Heybrook Bay Heybrook Bay

Monday, 9th May

The beach at Wembury.

Drone fly (Eristalis tenax) Red clover (Trifolium pratense) Bloody-nosed beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa) Rock puddles
Common blenny (Blennius pholis) Beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) Beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) Common limpet (Patella vulgate)
Anemones Common prawn (Leander serratus) Rock-pool life Short-winged conehead (Conocephalus discolor)
Common knapweed (Centaurea nigra) St Werburgh's church and Wembury Beach Red campion (Silene dioica) St Werburgh's church, Wembury
Car park sign Red campion (Silene dioica) Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) Poppy

Tuesday, 10th May

The, er, wildlife around our cottage in Wembury.

Poppy Male house sparrow (Passer domesticus) Wildflowers Female house sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Male house sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male house sparrow (Passer domesticus) Male house sparrow (Passer domesticus)

Wednesday, 11th May

Wembury

Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) Fern Wildflowers Germander speedwell (Veronica chamaedrys) Green alkanet (Pentaglottis sempavirens)
Hogweed (Heracleum sphondilium) The Great Mewstone Wembury beach Wembury beach
Cuckooflower (Cardamine pretensis) Yellow iris (Iris pseudacorus) Brown-lipped snail (Cepaea nemoralis) Lambs Lambs and horse

Bovisand Bay

Bovisand Bay Six-spot burnet moth (Zygaena filipendulae) Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare) and kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria) Bovisand Bay
Thrift (Armeria maritima) Bovisand Bay Bovisand Bay Bovisand Bay
Bovisand Bay Bovisand Bay Red seaweed Red valerian (Centranthus ruber)
Sea campion (Silene maritima) Sea campion (Silene maritima) Cliff-top houses Bovisand Bay
Cliff inlet Bovisand Bay

The Royal Navy

Royal Navy Eurocopter Panther HMS Montrose (F236) HMS Montrose (F236)
HMS Somerset (F82) and SD Cawsand HMS Somerset (F82) and HMS Montrose (F236) Royal Navy Eurocopter Panther

Plymouth

Herring gull (Larus argentatus) Herring gull (Larus argentatus) National Marine Aquarium sculpture Transatlantic flight plaque
Mayflower plaque Mayflower Steps portico Smeaton's Tower Smeaton's Tower Wheel of Plymouth
Naval War Memorial Naval War Memorial Naval War Memorial Armada Memorial and Naval War Memorial

Around sunset

Cow Bull Cow Sheep
Red campion (Silene dioica) Backlit grass Road sign

Thursday, 12th May

The fields around our cottage

Speckled wood butterfly (Pararge aegeria) Wall brown butterfly (Lasiommata megera) Wall brown butterfly (Lasiommata megera) Wembury Point
Common buzzard (Buteo buteo) Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Sheep Sheep
Sheep Snails

Saltram House, Plympton

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Female blackbird (Turdus merula) Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) Female blackbird (Turdus merula) Orangery
Leaf Orchid Orchid Rhododendron flower Tiny flowers
White flower Purple buds Purple flower White flower Plant Orchid

Heybrook Bay

The Eddystone Inn sign Warbler Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea) The Great Mewstone
The Great Mewstone Daisies and the Great Mewstone Tip of the Great Mewstone

Friday, 13th May

Morewellham Quay

Waterwheel Blacksmith's hammer Shaft of the George and Charlotte Mine Electric locomotive
River Tamar Wonky doorway Wonky mine chimney Garlandstone
Seed drill Hayrick Wheelbarrow Cart
Horse and harrow Horse and harrow Horse and harrow
Horse and harrow Duck Duck Pig
Pied wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrelli) Pigs Pink flower Privy
River Tamar Lime kilns Village school Paddle steamer Monarch
Railway wagons Garlandstone Railway wagon and crane Cockerel
Chickens Dockside Cottages

Driving home

A32 near Meldon, Devon Milk tanker RAC Tower, Bristol
Thunderstorm, M5 near Worcester Thunderstorm, M5 near Worcester

Monday, 16th May

Mersey Mammoth, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company's floating crane.

Mersey Mammoth Mersey Mammoth Ashgarth

Tuesday, 17th May

Mersey Seaways Royal Daffodil Arklow Falcon
Coastal Guardian Ghibli, assisted by Ashgarth and Oakgarth

Wednesday, 18th May

Ships

For the first time, I managed to get shots of a tanker being turned at Tranmere.

Christina Christina Oakgarth Oakgarth
Royal Charter Moseldijk Oakgarth Oakmere GMC
Poet Trans Alina Navigo, Ghibli and Hildegaard Navigo
Ghibli being turned by Oakgarth and Svitzer Stanlow Ghibli and Hildegaard Ghibli being turned by Oakgarth (not visible) and Svitzer Stanlow Ghibli
Hildegaard being turned by Oakgarth and Svitzer Stanlow Hildegaard Hildegaard being turned by Oakgarth and Svitzer Stanlow Hildegaard
Svitzer Stanlow Svitzer Stanlow Hildegaard

Miscellaneous

Canada goose (Branta canadensis) gosling Canada goose (Branta canadensis) goslings Grass

Sunset

Ghibli Sunset Sunset Prince's Jetty sunset

Thursday, 19th May

Shoalway has been quite busy around the various docks for the last few days but this is the first time she's ventured far enough upstream for me to see her.

Shoalway

Sunday, 22nd May

Stena Lynx III Acavus

In the evening, I saw online that the Royal Navy minesweeper HMS Hurworth is in Huskisson Dock so I took a walk up the docks road to see if I could get any photos. That was something of a wasted effort as she's docked out of sight of the road. But I did get some shots of the Stanley Dock warehouses in better light than last time.

Stanley Dock warehouses Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse Stanley Dock tobacco warehouse

Monday, 23rd May

Very windy tonight so the tug was giving this ferry a good shove against the quayside to keep her in place.

Svitzer Bidston assisting Mersey Seaways

Wednesday, 25th May

Still windy so tugs still assisting the ferries.

Ashgarth assisting Mersey Seaways Ashgarth assisting Mersey Seaways Ashgarth assisting Mersey Seaways; Royal Daffodil passing

Thursday, 26th May

Crown Princess

Up at 5am because the cruise liner Crown Princess was visiting, the first since I got here. (Except for the one over the Easter weekend, when I was out of town.)

Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess Smit Waterloo
Crown Princess turning Crown Princess turning Smit Waterloo Crown Princess docking
Crown Princess docking Mooring bollard Egret Mooring bollard
Lowering mooring ropes Mooring Crown Princess Mooring Crown Princess View from inside my flat
Svitzer Stanlow Parked coaches Crown Princess Prince's Dock and Crown Princess
Prince's Dock panorama
labelled
Crown Princess Crown Princess
Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess from Prince's Dock
Crown Princess from Prince's Dock Crown Princess Manannan and Crown Princess Dockers in a boat
Dockers in a boat Dockers in a boat Dockers in a boat Crown Princess
Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess

Other shipping

It was a busy day on the river generally and I took over 500 photos, in all. Eek.

Clipper Point Clipper Point AB Dublin Svitzer Bidston
Brigit M&aeligrsk Skua Skua Bro Granite
Smit Sandon NS Concept assisted by Ashgarth, Oakgarth and Svitzer Stanlow Humber Fisher Luhnau
Stolt Gannet Whitchampion PV Petrel alongside Crown Princess PV Skua

Friday, 27th May

Henty Progress Oakgarth Daisy Dorado
Panary Arklow Venture Smit Waterloo

Saturday, 28th May

Rotterdam

Another cruise liner. Rotterdam's rather smaller, at only 65,000 tons compared to Crown Princess's 115,000 — you can see that she's not nearly as long. I'd intended to get up around 6am to photograph her arrival but slept through my alarm and only caught a little of her being moored. 65,000 tons of ship arrives almost silently.

Rotterdam Rotterdam Rotterdam MS Rotterdam and Manannan
MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam and Royal Daffodil MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam
MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam from Prince's Dock

Other ships

It was another generally busy day on the river. Various comings and goings at Cammell Laird, including the dry dock being opened by the gate being floated away! And a new ferry parked at Birkenhead — Hibernia Seaways normally works the Heysham–Belfast route.

Hibernia Seaways Smit Sandon Lagan Seaways, Henty Provider, Hibernia Seaways and Smit Sandon Ruth Theresa
Lagan Seaways and Henty Provider Brocklebank Happy Falcon Smit Waterloo and a floating gate
Smit Sandon towing Smit Collingwood Clyde Fisher Lagan Seaways, Henty Provider, Hibernia Seaways, Clyde Fisher HMS Charger (P292)
Steersman City of Cardiff Admiral Day Hibernia Seaways
Henty Provider PV Kittiwake Manannan Svitzer Bidston
Ternvik Svitzer Maltby Polaris Star Brigit M&arlig;rsk
Tenna Kosan

Rotterdam at Night

MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam
MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam MS Rotterdam

Monday, 30th May

Ships

South towing barge Barge Lady Helen
Tarnvik, Thornbury and two Svitzer tugs at Tranmere Oil Terminal Lagan Seaways Happy Falcon

Buildings

Cammell Laird, Birkenhead Royal Liver Building
The Capital and Unity Residential 1 Prince's Dock, Beetham Tower, The Plaza, Beetham West Tower 1 Prince's Dock Beetham West Tower

Weather

Mersey Rainbow Thunderstorm over Liverpool

Tuesday, 31st May

Thornbury being turned by Svitzer Stanlow and Ashgarth Thornbury being turned by Svitzer Stanlow and Ashgarth Thornbury after being turned by Svitzer Stanlow and Ashgarth Ashgarth
PV Kittiwake Thornbury Thornbury and Lagan Seaways Thornbury


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