< April 2012 >

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Contents

Sunday, 1st April Ships
Tuesday, 3rd April Fure Star
Thursday, 5th April The cruise ship Balmoral
Other ships
A pigeon
Friday, 6th April Ships
Monday, 9th April Ships and a giant puppet
Tuesday, 10th April Ships
Sunday, 15th April The cruise ship Marco Polo
Other ships
Monday, 16th April The cruise ship Saga Pearl II
Other ships
Tuesday, 17th April Ships
Weeding Prince's Dock
Liverpool Docks
Wednesday, 18th April Saga Pearl II
TS Pelican
Thursday, 19th April Ships
Friday, 20th April Ships
Sea Odyssey (giant diver and giant girl)
Liverpool
Saturday, 21st April RFA Wave Knight
Ships
Sea Odyssey (puppets and artificial geyser)
Sunday, 22nd April Ships
Sea Odyssey
Mediator
Monday, 23rd April Ships
Tuesday, 24th April Liverpool and ships
Wednesday, 25th April Ships
Thursday, 26th April Windcat 29
Friday, 27th April Ships
HMS Dragon
Saturday, 28th April On board HMS Dragon
Sunday, 29th April HMS Dragon
Ships
Monday, 30th April Crystal Amethyst

Sunday, 1st April

PV Petrel PV Petrel Nordic Nora Sten Fjord
Manannan Fure Star Stolt Kestrel

Tuesday, 3rd April

Fure Star

Thursday, 5th April

Balmoral

The cruise ship Balmoral. Her next destination is Belfast where she'll begin a cruise retracing the route Titanic took to the point where she sank. Seems a bit ghoulish, to me.

Balmoral Balmoral Balmoral Balmoral
Balmoral and Manannan Balmoral Balmoral Balmoral

Other ships

Oakgarth Oakgarth Bro Genius Bro Genius
Manannan Royal Iris Neverland Angel, assisted by Oakgarth and Svitzer Stanlow

A pigeon

Pigeon (Columba livia)

Friday, 6th April

Oslo Bulk 8 Whitchampion Bro Designer
Lucy Essberger Thor

Monday, 9th April

The puppet thing is for an event in a couple of weeks' time, when it will parade around the city, along with a giant girl and a giant dog.

Svitzer Nari Union Beaver Union Beaver MPR2
Giant puppet

Tuesday, 10th April

Panary Panary Svitzer Nari
NS Clipper and Svitzer Stanlow Ben Maye Cemsky

Sunday, 15th April

Marco Polo

Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo
Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo
Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo Marco Polo and Oakgarth
Marco Polo Marco Polo assisted by Oakgarth Marco Polo assisted by Oakgarth Marco Polo assisted by Oakgarth
Marco Polo Marco Polo assisted by Oakgarth Marco Polo assisted by Oakgarth Marco Polo and Oakgarth

Other ships

Stena Mersey CSL Clyde

Monday, 16th April

Saga Pearl II

Saga Pearl II arrived this morning on her penultimate cruise. (Oh, the irony — Saga retiring a ship for being too old.) She was supposed to leave in the evening but stayed overnight because of bad weather forecast in the Irish Sea.

Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

Other ships

Ben-my-Chree PV Kittiwake Stena Mersey Stolt Gannet
Whitchampion Mersey Fisher Stolt Cormorant passing Stena Mersey Stolt Cormorant
Scott Spirit assisted by Oakgarth (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Scott Spirit assisted by Oakgarth (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern)

Tuesday, 17th April

Ships

Joerg N Saga Pearl II Mersey Fisher
Joerg N Saga Pearl II

Weeding Prince's Dock

Once a year, they trim back the plants in Prince's Dock to stop them taking over. The little boat thing trims them underwater and then pushes the clippings into the corner of the dock for an excavator to take them out.

Weeding Prince's Dock Weeding Prince's Dock Weeding Prince's Dock

Liverpool Docks

Union Beaver Normand Mermaid Onyx
Skomvaer RFA Wave Ruler (A390)

Wednesday, 18th April

Saga Pearl II

The saga is over. Strong winds in the Atlantic and the exposed position of the berth at Cobh meant that Saga Pearl stayed two nights in Liverpool, which is very unusual. Cruise ships aren't supposed to stay overnight as part of the conditions imposed when government and European Union money was used to build the terminal.

Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II
Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II Saga Pearl II

TS Pelican

TS Pelican TS Pelican TS Pelican

Thursday, 19th April

Northern Ocean City of Cardiff Smit Collingwood Joerg N
TS Pelican of London TS Pelican of London TS Pelican of London

Friday, 20th April

Ships

Joerg N Johanna Desiree

Sea Odyssey

The storyline is something like this. A giant girl's giant father somehow died on the Titanic and his giant brother went off to retrieve the letter he'd written to her. Uncle and girl will be wandering around the city for three days before they meet up and he gives her the letter.

Giant diver

I'd expected to be largely indifferent to all of this but the giant diver was actually very cool, since he was powered by bungee-jumping maniacs. His legs are lifted by two guys grabbing onto a rope, jumping off a platform, pulling it to the ground and then running round to the back of the queue to do it all again.

Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver
Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver
Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver Band Drummer Giant diver
Giant diver Titanic's mail chest Giant diver Giant diver Giant diver
Giant diver

Giant girl

I was, however, very disappointed with the giant girl. She was just sitting on the back of a car, doing next to nothing, and the whole thing really wasn't helped by the bored guys sitting around and smoking. OK, I get that little girls get tired and need to be carried but I thought the point of this was to be an entertaining spectacle, not a perfect reproduction of a little girl. She stood up again, after I'd followed her for a few hundred yards trying to get better shots.

Giant dog Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl
Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl
Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl Giant girl

Liverpool

Planet Kathleen & May Kathleen & May Planet
Port of Liverpool Building Royal Liver Building The Three Graces Titanic Memorial Royal Liver Building reflection
Prince's Dock Beetham West Tower reflection 1, Prince's Dock and Beetham West Tower Prince's Dock

Saturday, 21st April

RFA Wave Knight

And now it's RFA Wave Knight's turn for refit at Cammell Laird. She only recently arrived back in the UK after a year's deployment in the Gulf.

Smit Sandon assisting RFA Wave Knight (A389) Smit Barbados passing Smit Sandon RFA Wave Knight assisted by Smit Barbados
RFA Wave Knight (A389) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow), Smit Collingwood (bow quarter) and Smit Barbados (stern) RFA Wave Knight (A389) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow), Smit Collingwood (bow quarter) and Smit Barbados (stern)

Ships

Tall Ships Challenger 1 (Oona) Tall Ships Challenger 3 (Sarah) Royal Iris
PV Kittiwake PV Kittiwake PV Kittiwake
TS Pelican of London TS Pelican of London TS Pelican of London

Sea Odyssey

The puppets

By the way, the guy who built the giant puppets really hates it if you call his puppets puppets.

Sea Odyssey Man dressed as a giraffe
Giant girl puppet Giant dog puppet The giant girl's boat

Artificial geyser

Not sure how this relates to the giants but, apparently, it heralds their arrival. In any case, it's extremely realistic.

Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser
Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser Artificial geyser

Sunday, 22nd April

Ships

TS Pelican of London Svitzer Nari MTS Victory Orasund

Sea Odyssey

I didn't go see the uncle giving the letter to the girl but I did get a good view of them sailing away in their beautiful pea-green boat.

'Sea Odyssey' 'Sea Odyssey' flotilla Crowds Ashgarth and Svitzer Nari
'Sea Odyssey' flotilla Svitzer Nari Svitzer Nari
Svitzer Nari James Jackson Grundy and the 'Sea Odyssey' puppets 'Sea Odyssey' flotilla 'Sea Odyssey' flotilla
Svitzer Nari Deep Blue James Jackson Grundy and the 'Sea Odyssey' puppets James Jackson Grundy and the 'Sea Odyssey' puppets
James Jackson Grundy and the 'Sea Odyssey' puppets Brocklebank TS Pelican of London Ocean Star
Hilbre Lifeboat Crowds on Prince's Parade Stavros S. Niarchos

Mediator

I've been wanting to get shots like this for a while but this is the first time I've had the opportunity while there's been a ship berthed in Alfred Dock, which is just inside the entrance to the Birkenhead Docks. It must be a pain for the ships' crews, as the public can walk right up to the ship and onto the gangway.

Mediator Mediator Mediator Mediator
Mediator Mediator Mediator Mediator

Monday, 23rd April

Anglian Monarch Anglian Monarch Anglian Monarch, Stavros S Niarchos and Pelican of London
Anglian Monarch Stavros S Niarchos Stavros S Niarchos Stavros S Niarchos

Tuesday, 24th April

Unity Residential Prince's Dock 1, Prince's Dock and Beetham West Tower
Shoreway Shoreway and Stavros S Niarchos

Wedneday, 25th April

Patricia is owned by Trinity House, which is responsible for lighthouses and navigational buoys in British waters. She also takes paying guests on board for about a week at a time while she works, in a somewhat unusual form of cruising.

Shoreway Shoreway and Stavros S Niarchos Clavigo Bente
Patricia Patricia Patricia Patricia, Stavros S Niarchos, PV Dunlin and Venom Patricia
Voe Venture Patricia Patricia and Stavros S Niarchos Patricia and Stavros S Niarchos

Thursday, 26th April

Windcat 29

Friday, 27th April

Ships

Voe Venture and PV Kittiwake Little Jack Marisa
Smit Waterloo and Smit Barbados Voe Venture PV Skua Malou Theresa

HMS Dragon

The Navy's newest ship, HMS Dragon. She was only commissioned a week ago.

Smit Barbados and HMS Dragon (D35) HMS Dragon (D35) HMS Dragon (D35) Smit Waterloo and HMS Dragon (D35)
HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern)
HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern)
HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) Onyx
HMS Dragon (D35) being refuelled by Onyx Stavros S Niarchos and HMS Dragon (D35)

Saturday, 28th April

4.5" gun View from the foredeck HMS Dragon name plate Signs and a cup of tea Fire vent
Tall door Degaussing poster Ship's bell HMS Dragon (D35) Stavros S. Niarchos HMS Dragon crest
HMS Dragon (D35) HMS Dragon (D35) HMS Dragon (D35) and Stavros S. Niarchos Stavros S Niarchos and HMS Dragon (D35)

Sunday, 29th April

HMS Dragon's departure

I went down to photograph HMS Dragon's departure from street level but I'd not realised how hard it was raining or how long it would take her to leave. SoI went back inside and took photographs from my balcony which is partly shaded from the rain by the one above.

Stavros S Niarchos, HMS Dragon (D35) and Smit Donau Stavros S Niarchos and HMS Dragon (D35) Smit Sandon
HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Donau (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Donau (stern) HMS Dragon (D35) assisted by Smit Sandon (bow) and Smit Donau (stern)

Ships

Oakgarth Shoreway Shoreway Stena Lagan

Monday, 30th April

Crystal Amethyst


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