< September 2011 >

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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
Ships
Wednesday, 14th September Ships
Light on the Mersey
Thursday, 15th September Ships
Queen Mary 2
Birkenhead docks
Views of Liverpool
Ocean Countess
A gannet
Manannan
Fireworks
Saturday, 17th September Ships
Mein Schiff 2
Sunday, 18th September Cormorants
Ships
Tuesday, 20th September HMS Albion
Wednesday, 21st September Ships and boats
A helicopter
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
Liverpool Waterfront
Canning Dock at sunset
Wednesday, 28th September RFA Fort Austin
Thursday, 29th September Two tugs
Another Place
Friday, 30th September Ships and the Goodyear blimp

Sunday, 4th September

Mersey Fisher Stena Mersey Birkenhead sunset

Tuesday, 6th September

Cameron

Wednesday, 7th September

Mercedes

Thursday, 8th September

Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon
Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth, assisted by Smit Sandon Queen Elizabeth
Stolt Kingfisher Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth Queen Elizabeth

Saturday, 10th September

Admiral assisted by Svitzer Stanlow (bow) and Svitzer Bidston (stern) Stolt Guillemot Powerboat racing on the Mersey
Icelandica Hav Cameron Sunset over Birkenhead

Sunday, 11th September

Ships

Stolt Kingfisher Clyde Fisher

Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team

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.

Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team
Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team
Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team
Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team Yakovlevs Aerobatic Display Team

Monday, 12th September

Hurricane Katia

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.

Blown-over portaloos

Ships

Monsoon HMS Charger (P292) HMS Charger (P292) HMS Charger (P292)

Wednesday, 14th September

Ships

Esprit Royal Charter Bessie Ellen Levana
Stolt Gannet and Levana Stolt Gannet Cementina Stolt Petrel

Light on the Mersey

Stolt Gannet Cementina

Thursday, 15th September

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.

Ships

Norma and PV Dunlin Royal Iris and Stena Lagan Woodside and Cammell Laird
Stena Lagan Norma Wisby Verity

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau and Smit Sandon Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau
Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau Queen Mary 2 assisted by Smit Donau Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Dock workers Queen Mary 2 PV Dunlin Red ensign
Queen Mary 2 and Liverpool waterfront
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2

Birkenhead Docks

Pinta Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) BBC Aramis Sarsia wreck
Central hydraulic tower Sarsia wreck Sarsia wreck HMS Plymouth

Views of Liverpool

Wheel of Liverpool, Anglican Cathedral and Echo Area High-rise Liverpool Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse

Ocean Countess

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.

Ocean Countess, assisted by Svitzer Maltby and Ashgarth
Ocean Countess Ocean Countess Ocean Countess Ocean Countess

A gannet

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.

Gannet (Morus bassanus) Gannet (Morus bassanus) Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Manannan

The Isle of Man ferry arriving from Douglas.

Manannan Manannan Manannan Manannan and Queen Mary 2

Fireworks

Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks
Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks
Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks Queen Mary 2 fireworks

Saturday, 17th September

Ships

Karen Knutsen PV Kittiwake PV Dunlin Neste assisted by Ashgarth (stern) and Svitzer Stanlow (behind)

Mein Schiff 2

Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2
Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2
Mein Schiff 2 and Prince's Dock Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2
Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2 Mein Schiff 2
Mein Schiff 2

Sunday, 18th September

Cormorants

Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) Cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Ships

Crystal Ambra Crystal Ambra Crystal Ambra Deniz A
Henty Progress Phantom Cemluna Phantom
Cemluna Cementina Minerva Klara assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow), Svitzer Bidston (amidships) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Cementina
WD Mersey

Tuesday, 20th September

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.

HMS Albion (L14) HMS Albion (L14)
HMS Albion (L14) HMS Albion (L14) HMS Albion (L14)

Wednesday, 21st September

Ships and boats

Admiral Day Dragon boat Lady Margaux
Iantha Oakgarth HMS Albion (L14)

Helicopter

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!

Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter
Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter
Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter
Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter
Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter Sikorsky S-76C helicopter

Thursday, 22nd September

HMS Albion (L14) Goodyear blimp Goodyear blimp

Friday, 23rd September

Goodyear blimp

Saturday, 24th September

Ships

Admiral Day North Wales Police launch

On board HMS Albion

HMS Albion (L14) Helicopter deck White ensign Capstan and Alexandra Tower RIB
Well dock and landing craft Amphibious recovery vehicle Front loaders 'Hector' the front loader

Sunday, 25th September

HMS Albion (L14)

Monday, 26th September

Ships

Royal Iris and WD Mersey WD Mersey Chariot Chariot
Chariot PV Kittiwake Stena Mersey Team Oman
Stolt Shearwater Team Oman Team Oman Patnos
Patnos Admiral Day Admiral Day Deltagas
Sundstraum

HMS Albion's departure

HMS Albion (L14) Smit Sandon Smit Collingwood, Smit Donau and Smit Sandon Smit Donau
HMS Albion (L14) Smit Donau and Smit Sandon Smit Donau, Royal Iris and Smit Sandon Smit Donau, Smit Sandon and Smit Collingwood
Smit Donau, Smit Sandon and Smit Collingwood Smit Collingwood HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Sandon and Smit Collingwood standing by HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Sandon, Smit Collingwood and Smit Donau standing by
HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Sandon, Smit Collingwood and Smit Donau standing by HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Sandon, Smit Collingwood and Smit Donau standing by HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Sandon and Smit Collingwood standing by HMS Albion (L14) with Smit Collingwood standing by
HMS Albion (L14) HMS Biter (P270) HMS Biter (P270) Royal Navy Lynx helicopter

Tuesday, 27th September

Ships

Sundstraum Arklow Faith PV Kittiwake Royal Iris
Triple A Triple A Triple A Chariot
Sapphire-T PV Petrel Stena Mersey Royal Iris

Liverpool waterfront

Liver bird Feral pigeon (Columbia livia) Alexandra Tower Prince's Jetty Wallasey Kingsway Tunnel ventilation shaft

Canning Dock at sunset

Kathleen & May Kathleen & May Planet Alva Planet
Alva and Canning Dock Canning Dock and the pumphouse Alva Planet and Alva
Planet and Alva Kathleen & May and Ruth Kathleen & May Canning Half-Tide Dock

Wednesday, 28th September

Sorry about the poor quality on this one but it was shot from over a mile away on a misty morning.

RFA Fort Austin (A386) assisted by three of the Smit tugs

Thursday, 29th September

Two tugs

Svitzer Maltby and Oakgarth

Another Place

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.

'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
'Another Place' by Antony Gormley 'Another Place' by Antony Gormley

Friday, 30th September

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.

Ben-My-Chree St David Goodyear blimp Windcat 5


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