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|Sunday, 4th September||Ships and a sunset|
|Tuesday, 6th September||Anchor-handling tug Cameron|
|Wednesday, 7th September||Tall ship Mercedes|
|Thursday, 8th September||MS Queen Elizabeth|
|Saturday, 10th September||Ships and a sunset|
|Sunday, 11th September||Ships
Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team
|Monday, 12th September||Hurricane Katia
|Wednesday, 14th September||Ships
Light on the Mersey
|Thursday, 15th September||Ships
Queen Mary 2
Views of Liverpool
|Saturday, 17th September||Ships
Mein Schiff 2
|Sunday, 18th September||Cormorants
|Tuesday, 20th September||HMS Albion|
|Wednesday, 21st September||Ships and boats
|Thursday, 22nd September||HMS Albion and the Goodyear blimp|
|Friday, 23rd September||Goodyear blimp|
|Saturday, 24th September||Ships
On board HMS Albion
|Sunday, 25th September||HMS Albion|
|Monday, 26th September||Ships
HMS Albion's departure
|Tuesday, 27th September||Ships
Canning Dock at sunset
|Wednesday, 28th September||RFA Fort Austin|
|Thursday, 29th September||Two tugs
|Friday, 30th September||Ships and the Goodyear blimp|
The Yakovlevs also performed yesterday, as part of the On the Waterfront festival. There were patches of blue sky then but I didn't have a long enough lens on my camera for it to be worth shooting. I can't say that an aerobatic display is the most appropriate thing ever held on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 but it was, nonetheless, an excellent display. The stall turn was incredible: as the aircraft started to tumble I was convinced he'd lost it.
This is what happens when the tail end of the tail end of a hurricane comes by. These portaloos were in a nice, neat row last night.
The day's main event was the arrival of Cunard's Queen Mary 2. When she was built, she was the largest passenger ship in history, though Royal Caribbean have since built two larger ships. She's still the largest ocean liner in history: that is, a ship carrying passengers on a specific route (Southampton–New York) to a regular schedule, rather than on cruises.
In fact, there were two cruise visitors to Liverpool today. Cruise & Maritime Voyages' ships always berth in the main dock system which isn't very, er, romantic. As it happens, Ocean Countess was built for Cunard in 1975 and sailed as Cunard Countess until 1996.
I've no idea what this gannet was doing on the shore at Wallasey but I doubt it did, either. They prefer cliffs and the open sea.
The Isle of Man ferry arriving from Douglas.
HMS Albion, the current Royal Navy flagship, is in Liverpool for six days. She's affiliated with the city of Chester, where her crew will parade to celebrate the ship's tenth birthday.
I think the helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76C, was taking the dragon boat racers sight-seeing. It's not often you get to photograph a helicopter in flight from above!
Sorry about the poor quality on this one but it was shot from over a mile away on a misty morning.
It looked like the sunset was going to be good so I took the train a few miles up the coast to see Another Place, a hundred iron casts of Antony Gormley's body along a few miles of beach between Crosby and Blundellsands. The turbines in the background of some of the shots are Burbo Bank offshore windfarm.
The Steam Packet's conventional ro-ro ferry Ben-my-Chree (“Girl of my Heart”) normally works the Heysham–Douglas route but occasionally comes into Birkenhead, too. Low quality again — the mornings have been very misty, lately.