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|Monday, 2nd July||Ships|
|Tuesday, 3rd July||Saga Sapphire
|Wednesday, 4th July||Ships and a helicopter|
|Thursday, 5th July||Ships|
|Saturday, 7th July||Ships
RFA Wave Knight
|Sunday, 8th July||Birkenhead Docks
|Wednesday, 11th July||Bletchley Park|
|Friday, 13th July||Trains at Rugby|
|Saturday, 14th July||Ships|
|Sunday, 15th July||Ships|
|Monday, 16th July||Whalsa Lass and a rainbow|
|Tuesday, 17th July||Ships|
|Wednesday, 18th July||Ships|
|Thursday, 19th July||Ships
|Friday, 20th July||Prinsendam
USTS Empire State
|Saturday, 21st July||Ships
|Sunday, 22nd July||Ships
Derelict dockside buildings
|Monday, 23rd July||Tugs and USTS Empire State|
|Tuesday, 24th July||Tugs|
|Friday, 27th July||Ships|
|Saturday, 28th July||Quest for Adventure
|Sunday, 29th July||Ships|
|Monday, 30th July||Ships|
|Tuesday, 31st July||Ships|
RFA Wave Knight has now left Cammell Laird, where she's been since April. Given the number of tugs assisting (Smit Barbados at the stern, Smit Sandon on the near side, Smit Donau at the bow and Smit Collingwood on the far side), she's obviously not under power so I suspect she's been taken to Liverpool Docks for further fitting out.
The youngsters have most of their adult plumage now, though you can still see some of the fluffy yellow feathers among the black on their heads and necks.
I'm at the ICALP conference at the University of Warwick and the excursion as to the WWII codebreaking centre at Bletchley Park. The guided tour was excellent — our guide, Martin Atherton, was extremely knowledgeable and pitched his talk at the perfect level for a bunch of computer scientists. And he clearly understood what he was talking about, too.
I ended up waiting for a train at Rugby for an hour so I passed the time taking photos.
The local geese at the grottier end of their domain: the remains of the old wooden landing stage.
You can tell that USTS Empire State is fifty years old, from the high freeboard, sharply pointed bow, lack of bulbous bow and the small cargo hatches. They don't make 'em like that, any more!
Fireworks at the end of the Music on the Waterfront event.
I walked down the dock road to get the shot of RFA Wave Knight and was a bit annoyed that she was the only visible ship and the light was poor. On the way back, I took photos of the buildings instead. The road's quite busy, as it leads from central Liverpool to the ferry terminal. There are a surprising number of pubs (three, that I recall), a modern industrial estate, a tank farm and a couple of haulage companies but almost all the old buildings are now out of use and falling apart.
It turns out that the visit of Saga Pearl II in April was her last voyage not because she was being retired but because she was being renamed.
Today's shipping is brought to you by the colour red.