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Contents

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
Birkenhead
Birkenhead docks
HMS Liverpool
Monday, 5th March HMS Liverpool
Ships
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
Manannan
Monday, 26th March Ferries
Tuesday, 27th March Nansen Spirit
Wednesday, 28th March Ships
A bee
Thursday, 29th March Eagle Tampa
Friday, 30th March HMS Mersey
Saturday, 31st March Ships

Thursday, 1st March

HMS Liverpool (D92)

Friday, 2nd March

The crew of HMS Liverpool paraded through the city for the last time.

The crew of HMS Liverpool drilling for their Freedom of the City parade The crew of HMS Liverpool drilling for their Freedom of the City parade The crew of HMS Liverpool drilling for their Freedom of the City parade The crew of HMS Liverpool drilling for their Freedom of the City parade The crew of HMS Liverpool relaxing before their Freedom of the City parade The offivers of HMS Liverpool drilling for their Freedom of the City parade The marching band arrives for HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade
Marching band meeting HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade HMS Liverpool's Freedom of the City parade

Saturday, 3rd March

HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92)

Sunday, 4th March

On board HMS Liverpool

I didn't bother going on board HMS Liverpool yesterday, as the queues were enormous. They were more sensible, today.

Crest, HMS Liverpool (D92) Starboard side nameplate, HMS Liverpool (D92) Port side nameplate, HMS Liverpool (D92) Crazy red chicken, HMS Liverpool (D92)
Union Jack, HMS Liverpool (D92) Three Graces White Ensign, HMS Liverpool (D92)

Birkenhead

Track maintenance train Relief on Birkenhead Town Hall Relief on Birkenhead Town Hall Birkenhead town hall Hamilton Square railway station

Birkenhead docks

Ben-my-Chree Eems Transporter Eems Transporter Eems Transporter Storage tank, Alfred Dock
SD Dexterous Ashgarth Svitzer Stanlow Alfa Britannia and Ashgarth

HMS Liverpool

HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92)
HMS Liverpool, Liverpool
Royal Iris passing HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92)

Monday, 5th March

HMS Liverpool

HMS Liverpool's final departure from Liverpool. She fired a five-gun salute to Cammell Laird and another to the Liver Building.

HMS Liverpool (D92) Smit Barbados and Smit Sandon Smit Barbados HMS Charger (P292)
HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon
HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon, and HMS Charger HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern)
HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon, with HMS Charger (P292), Smit Barbados and the tankers Yasa Golden Horn and Alfa Britannia HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern)
HMS Liverpool (D92) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) with HMS Charger and a Mersey ferry HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Charger (P292)
HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92) passing Stena Lagan HMS Liverpool (D92) Smit Barbados
HMS Liverpool (D92) Smit Barbados HMS Liverpool (D92) HMS Liverpool (D92)

Ships

Svitzer Bidston Svitzer Bidston Skua Alfa Britannia

Tuesday, 6th March

Harbour Krystal Stena Feronia Cemluna
CSL Clyde Windcat 16 Windcat16

Thursday, 8th March

Bro Genius Whitchampion passing Bro Genius Whitchampion Finja and Skua

Friday, 9th March

Ships

Bro Genius Akri Odin

Black and white

Lewis's Tom Tom

Sunday, 11th March

Daffodils

Wednesday, 14th March

Smit Collingwood and Smit Waterloo towing a caisson Cat stencil graffiti BBC Karan

Thursday, 15th March

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.

Stena Mersey Clipper Pennant Clipper Pennant and Stena Mersey
Smit Barbados assisting Clipper Pennant Smit Barbados assisting Clipper Pennant Clipper Pennant passing Stena Mersey

Friday, 16th March

Stena Mersey

Sunday, 17th March

Stolt Sandpiper Stolt Sandpiper

Sunday, 25th March

Waterfowl on Prince's Dock

Coot (Fulica atra) Coot (Fulica atra) Coot (Fulica atra)
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor) Mute swan (Cygnus olor)
Herring gulls (Larus argentatus) Herring gull (Larus argentatus) Herring gull (Larus argentatus) Herring gull (Larus argentatus)

Manannan

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's sailings have resumed after their winter break.

Manannan

Monday, 26th March

Clipper Pennant and Stena Mersey Snowdrop Clipper Pennant Stena Mersey

Tuesday, 27th March

Nansen Spirit

Wednesday, 28th March

Ships

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.

Audrey Audrey towing GPS Apollo Audrey towing GPS Apollo Acor and Eagle Tampa
Stena Mersey Stolt Redshank Manannan

A bee

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.

Leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis) Leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis) Leafcutter bee (Megachile centuncularis)

Thursday, 29th March

Eagle Tampa

Friday, 30th March

I woke up to find River Class patrol boat HMS Mersey parked at the Cruise Terminal.

HMS Mersey being bunkered by Henty Progress

Saturday, 31st March

And now Stena Lagan's back in service, also in Stena's livery.

Christina Stena Lagan Stena Lagan


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