< July 2011 >

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Contents

Friday, 1st July A Welsh tug
Sunday, 3rd July Spring Wood
Monday, 4th July Offshore support vessel Galatea
Wednesday, 6th July Ships
Saturday, 9th July Ships
Monday, 11th July Ships
Tuesday, 12th July Ships
Wednesday, 13th July Ships
Full moon
Thursday, 14th July Ships
Friday, 15th July Ships
Saturday, 16th July Architecture
Monday, 18th July Ships
Wednesday, 20th July Ships
Thursday, 21st July Royal Liver Building
Friday, 22nd July Ships
A silly sign
Night shots
Saturday, 23rd July Ships
Planes
The Macula Spectacular
Sunday, 24th July Crown Princess arriving
Lambananas
Canning Dock
Southport Air Show (P-51 Mustang, Tucano T1, Glider FX display team, The RV8tors, the Red Arrows, Hawker Hunter Mk58A “Miss Demeanour”,
Fairey Swordfish MkII, Black Cats display team, Breitling wing walkers)
Crown Princess departing
Monday, 25th July Ships
Tuesday, 26th July Ships
Wednesday, 27th July Ships
Thursday, 28th July Crystal Serenity and other ships
Friday, 29th July Ships and a “Shoebox” sunset
Saturday, 30th July Ships
Sunday, 31st July The children at a party

Friday, 1st July

This little tug usually works at the Holyhead ferry terminal so I'm not sure what she (why are ships named after men still women?) was doing in Liverpool.

St David

Sunday, 3rd July

In Leeds for Ruby and Dad's birthdays. I didn't take any photos at Ruby's party and dad wasn't feeling well so we just went for a quick wander in the woods, today. These were taken without a tripod and came out rather well, I think.

Guiseley Beck Spring Wood Guiseley Beck

Monday, 4th July

Galatea Galatea Galatea
Galatea Galatea Galatea Galatea

Wednesday, 6th July

A busy day on the river: a tanker out, a “new” pilot boat (Dunlin, which suffered an engine room fire in March and is only now back from repairs), three ships out of Cammell Laird (the two tugs, Audrey and Vigour, and the freighter Ben Varrey), a tanker in and the usual freight and ferry traffic.

Seatransport being turned by Svitzer Bidston and Svitzer Stanlow PV Dunlin, Royal Charter and PV Kittiwake PV Dunlin Seatransport
Svitzer Bidston Seatransport Seatransport and Lagan Seaways Royal Charter
Audrey towing Vigour Audrey Vigour Victress
Ankergracht Royal Daffodil Annelise Theresa Ben Varrey, Navigo, Annelise Theresa
Ben Varrey, Navigo, Annelise Theresa Navigo Ben Varrey British Vine, assisted by Svitzer Bidston (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern)
Fortune Henty Progress

Saturday, 9th July

Svitzer Stanlow Sarpen Voe Chief, Smit Waterloo and L. M. Constructor Voe Chief, Smit Waterloo and L. M. Constructor
Voe Chief Smit Waterloo and L. M. Constructor Voe Chief, Smit Waterloo and L.M. Constructor Butes
Iantha CND Shadow Blue Sky Arklow Sand
Bodil Knutsen, assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Svitzer Stanlow, assisting Bodil Knutsen Pembroke Fisher

Monday, 11th July

Panary Merseyside Police boat Smit Donau PV Dunlin
Jack-up barge Irish Sea Pioneer Cammell Laird panorama Irish Sea Pioneer
Celtic Forester passing Lagan Seaways Freja Sichem Paris PV Kittiwake
Nordic Inge Snowlark

Tuesday, 12th July

Lately, Royal Daffodil has been letting off big clouds of black smoke when the power is applied after idling for a while. I imagine it will soon be time for a service.

Stolt Avocet, Arklow Future and Mersey Seaways Stolt Avocet Arklow Future
Milford Fisher Royal Daffodil Royal Daffodil

Wednesday, 13th July

Ships

The last two of these shots, of the freighter Butes, are a little too close to be comfortable. As you can see in the first of them, she's already quite close to the bank and is angled towards it and going at quite a rate. By the time of the second shot, she'd straightened up but I've never seen anything other than the pilot boats come even nearly this close to the near bank of the river.

Pamela P Smit Sandon Hibernia Seaways
Hibernia Seaways and Lagan Seaways Butes Butes

Full moon

Full moon over the Mersey

Thursday, 14th July

Afon Dyfrdwy (River Dee) is the barge that takes Airbus A380 wings from the plant in Broughton down the river to Mostyn where they're loaded onto the ship that takes them to Bordeaux, where they take another barge to Langon, where they're loaded onto huge trucks to get them to Toulouse, where they're bolted to the plane, which flies to Hamburg to be painted and furnished. Craziness!

Afon Dyfrdwy Svitzer Maltby assisting Phoenix Light Phoenix Light, assisted by Svitzer Maltby and Svitzer Stanlow C. S. Sovereign

Friday, 15th July

There's been quite a clear-out at Cammell Laird over the past couple of days. Cable Innovator has gone and the recent photos of Hibernia Seaways, Afon Dyfrdwy and C. S. Sovereign were all taken on the ship's departure from there. Today, the Border Agency cutter Sentinel and Irish Sea Pioneer left.

AB Livepool Ships on the Mersey Hanne Knutsen, assisted by Ashgarth (bow), Svitzer Bidston (amidships) and Svitzer Stanlow (off the stern) HMC Sentinel and Irish Sea Pioneer
Irish Sea Pioneer HMC Sentinel Ternhav Irish Sea Pioneer Hanne Knutsen, tugs and Ternhav

Saturday, 16th July

Torrential rain in the morning cleared to a fairly nice afternoon. The first photo shows the Capital in the best possible light, except possibly for pitch darkness.

The Capital Royal Liver Building and rainbow Beetham West tower

Monday, 18th July

Brøvig Barat Cumbrian Fisher

Wednesday, 20th July

Clipper Bricco Submarine narrow-boat Stolt Dipper
Mærsk Barry, assisted by Svitzer Stanlow, passing Royal Iris WD Michel Clarity

Thursday, 21st July

The Royal Liver Building was completed a hundred years ago this week (Tuesday was the anniversary, as I recall). There's some kind of light show over the weekend and I assume the pattern of left-on lights has something to do with that.

Royal Liver Building

Friday, 22nd July

Ships

Henty Progress Manannan HMS Tracker (P274) and HMS Raider (P275)

A silly sign

This one has been amusing me for a few days. Note that your common-or-garden sale is now an “event”. And is “buy one get one half price” the same thing as getting a quarter off a pair?

Half Price Shoe Event

Night shots

The Three Graces are lit up to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Royal Liver Building. There's a sound and light show on the Liver Building but I didn't stay for all of it as their speakers were turned up much too far and my ears were still hurting fifteen minutes after I left.

Floodlit Cunard Building Royal Liver Building clock Alexandra Tower and 1, Prince's Dock
Bat Moonrise

Saturday, 23rd July

Ships

Whitchampion Annie PG Twister Bro Distributor

Planes

I was very surprised to see these come past and assumed the city council had, once again, failed to tell people that they'd booked a fancy fly-past. A bit of Googling told me that the Southport Air Show is on today and tomorrow.

Hawk T1A Avro Vulcan Avro Vulcan

The Macula Spectacular

(Which is amusing in a Liverpool accent.) I went back to the light show, stood farther back where it wasn't so skull-crushingly loud.

Illuminated Museum of Liverpool Illuminated Museum of Liverpool Illuminated Museum of Liverpool Illuminated Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Building Illuminated Cunard Building and Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Building
Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building
Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building
Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building Illuminated Liver Building

Sunday, 24th July

Crown Princess arriving

Crown Princess is back in town; she was here in May and will be back in August.

Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess
Crown Princess Crown Princess Titanic Memorial and Crown Princess PV Dunlin
Crown Princess

Lambananas

The Lambananas were the cow parade analogue while Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture. A little herd of them now lives outside the Museum of Liverpool.

Lambanana Lambanana Lambanana Lambanana

Canning Dock

Edmund Gardner De Wadden Great Western warehouses and Mann Island Edmund Gardner and De Wadden

Southport Air Show

P-51 Mustang

P-51 Mustang P-51 Mustang P-51 Mustang

Tucano T1

It seems that most acrobatics pilots are trainers in their everyday lives. This is one of the RAF's training planes.

Tucano T1 Tucano T1 Tucano T1
Tucano T1 Tucano T1 Tucano T1

Glider FX display team

This pilot, Guy Westlake, is an exception: he flies Boeing 747s for BA for a living.

Glider FX display team Glider FX display team Glider FX display team Glider FX display team
Glider FX display team Glider FX display team Glider FX display team Glider FX display team

The RV8tors

The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors
The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors The RV8tors

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows, Arrow formation The Red Arrows The Red Arrows, transitioning to Diamond Nine The Red Arrows, Diamond Nine
The Red Arrows, Big Vixen formation The Red Arrows, Big Vixen The Red Arrows, Big Vixen The Red Arrows, Swan formation The Red Arrows, Swan formation The Red Arrows, Typhoon formation
The Red Arrows, Typhoon formation The Red Arrows, Apollo formation The Red Arrows, Apollo formation The Red Arrows, Flanker formation The Red Arrows, Eagle formation
The Red Arrows, Diamond Nine The Red Arrows breaking The Red Arrows, Gypo break The Red Arrows The Red Arrows, synchro pass
The Red Arrows, Enid group The Red Arrows, Enid group The Red Arrows The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows The Red Arrows The Red Arrows, Gypo break The Red Arrows, Gypo break
The Red Arrows The Red Arrows, obstructed synchro pass The Red Arrows The Red Arrows, barrel-rolling
The Red Arrows, three-ship break The Red Arrows The Red Arrows breaking The Red Arrows brekaing

Hawker Hunter Mk58A “Miss Demeanour”

Is this not the coolest paint job ever?

Hawker Hunter Mk58A 'Miss Demeanour' Hawker Hunter Mk58A 'Miss Demeanour' Hawker Hunter Mk58A 'Miss Demeanour'
Hawker Hunter Mk58A 'Miss Demeanour' Hawker Hunter Mk58A 'Miss Demeanour'

Fairey Swordfish MkII

Used against submarines on the North Atlantic convoys in World War II.

Fairey Swordfish MkII and Black Cats Lynx Mk8 helicopters Fairey Swordfish MkII Fairey Swordfish MkII

Black Cats display team

A rather graceful display from a pair of Lynx Mk8 helicopters. Introduced 40 years ago, they're the first British helicopter to be built entirely in metric and still hold the world helicopter speed record, at 249mph.

Black Cats display team Black Cats display team Black Cats display team Black Cats display team
Black Cats display team Black Cats display team Black Cats display team Black Cats display team

Breitling wing walkers

Breitling wing walkers Breitling wing walkers Breitling wing walkers Breitling wing walkers

Crown Princess departing

Merseyside Fire and Rescue launch Crown Princess Smit Donau assisting Crown Princess Crown Princess
Crown Princess Crown Princess Crown Princess

Monday, 25th July

The barge is here to help with construction of the new landing stage for the Mersey Ferry, to replace the one that sank five years ago.

Skyline Barge 15 and Audrey Norma Skyline Barge 15
Autumn Alfa Germania, assisted by Svitzer Bidston (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Furenäs

Tuesday, 26th July

CND Shadow RAF Sea King helicopter Audrey Skline Barge 15 and Audrey
Nordic Erika PV Dunlin and PV Kittiwake PV Dunlin Alfa Germania
Cammell Laird cranes Arklow Raven Stolt Fulmar

Wednesday, 27th July

PV Dunlin Clipper Ranger Ek-River

Thursday, 28th July

Crystal Serenity

Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity Dock workers on Egret Mooring Crystal Serenity
Smit Barbados Smit Barbados Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity
Discovery Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity Crystal Serenity
Crystal Serenity

Other shipping

WD Mersey Prince Madog PV Dunlin PV Kittiwake reversing past PV Dunlin
Fure Nord Arklow Rainbow Sea Lady, assisted by Svitzer Stanlow (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Autumn

Friday, 29th July

Seatransport assisted by Svitzer Stanlow (bow) and Svitzer Bidston (stern) Cumbrian Fisher “Shoebox” sunset

Saturday, 30th July

Stolt Razorbill, PV Dunlin, Henty Progress Pluto Lifeboat Manannan

Sunday, 31th July

A multi-purpose party hosted by my cousin Laura and family.

Olivia Olivia Olivia Olivia
Ruby Ruby Poppy Poppy


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