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|Thursday, 1st March||HMS Liverpool|
|Friday, 2nd March||HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade|
|Saturday, 3rd March||HMS Liverpool at dusk|
|Sunday, 4th March||On board HMS Liverpool
|Monday, 5th March||HMS Liverpool
|Tuesday, 6th March||Ships|
|Thursday, 8th March||Ships|
|Friday, 9th March||Ships
Black and white
|Sunday, 11th March||Daffodils|
|Wednesday, 14th March||Ships and stencil graffiti|
|Thursday, 15th March||Ferries|
|Friday, 16th March||Stena Mersey|
|Saturday, 17th March||Stolt Sandpiper|
|Sunday, 25th March||Waterfowl on Prince's Dock
|Monday, 26th March||Ferries|
|Tuesday, 27th March||Nansen Spirit|
|Wednesday, 28th March||Ships
|Thursday, 29th March||Eagle Tampa|
|Friday, 30th March||HMS Mersey|
|Saturday, 31st March||Ships|
The crew of HMS Liverpool paraded through the city for the last time.
I didn't bother going on board HMS Liverpool yesterday, as the queues were enormous. They were more sensible, today.
HMS Liverpool's final departure from Liverpool. She fired a five-gun salute to Cammell Laird and another to the Liver Building.
Stena Mersey is now out of dry dock and was back in Birkenhead for the first time today, now in Stena's livery; now Stena Lagan is undergoing refit. Since Stena Feronia got pranged, they've chartered the truck ferry Clipper Pennant to cover. Clipper Pennant was designed to carry mostly unaccompanied truck trailers so has hardly any passenger accommodation, meaning that cars have to cross on what will be Stena Mersey's once-daily sailing.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's sailings have resumed after their winter break.
Mersey Mammoth, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company 250t floating crane has been in Antwerp for the last few months and the 400t crane GPS Apollo has been working on the Mersey in her place. Today, she removed the mooring post that used to be between the cruise terminal and the ferry terminal, though I didn't photograph that or her returning to the docks carrying said post, as it got rather hazy.
I think this is a leafcutter bee, as it seems too fat, hairy and non-stripey to be a honeybee. I found him on my trouser leg after I'd been outside and he sat there quite happily while I put the macro lens and flash on my camera and moved him around to take photos. It's quite early in the year for leafcutters but that seems consistent with his general dopiness and pliability.
I woke up to find River Class patrol boat HMS Mersey parked at the Cruise Terminal.
And now Stena Lagan's back in service, also in Stena's livery.