< October 2012 >

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Contents

Wednesday, 3rd October Ships
Saturday, 6th October Ships
Sunday, 7th October Ships
Monday, 8th October A sun dog
Tuesday, 9th October Ocean Countess
Saturday, 13th October Ships
Prince's Dock
Sunday, 14th October Friedrich Ernestine
Monday, 15th October Friedrich Ernestine
Tuesday, 16th October Ships
High tide
Black-headed gull
Thursday, 18th October Ships
Saturday, 20th October Liverpool Docks: ships, architecture and sunset
Sunday, 21st October Fog
Wednesday, 24th October Ships and boats
Thursday, 25th October Ships
Saturday, 27th October Ships
Monday, 29th October Stolt Shearwater

Wednesday, 3rd October

Stena Mersey Onyx and Smit Angola

Saturday, 6th October

The cable-laying barge Cable Enterprise was laying the line that will take power ashore from Gwynt y Môr but something went wrong and she's spent the last couple of weeks being repaired at Cammell Laird. Now she's being towed back out to the site by Fairplay-27 (bow) and Smit Sandon (stern), with pilot being dropped off by Skua.

Fairplay-27 (bow) and Smit Sandon (stern) towing Cable Enterprise Fairplay-27 (bow) and Smit Sandon (stern) towing Cable Enterprise Fairplay-27 towing Cable Enterprise, with Skua Skua and Fairplay-27
Skua and Fairplay-27 Cable Enterprise Svitzer Maltby, Svitzer Nari, Svitzer Stanlow and PV Kittiwake

Sunday, 7th October

Agisilaos and Bodil Knutsen Svitzer Nari and Svitzer Stanlow

Monday, 8th October

A sun dog (also called a parhelion) over Wallasey. They're caused by flat ice crystals in the atmosphere. If it's windy, the crystals are in random orientations so you see an arc around the sun; if the atmosphere is still, the crystals orient vertically and refract light horizontally to form a sun dog on each side of the sun. Here, only one was visible as conditions weren't right on the other side of the sun. The sun dog was rather brighter while I was walking home but it had dimmed by the time I got home, got my camera and went back outside.

Sun dog Sun dog Sun dog

Tuesday, 9th October

Ocean Countess

Saturday, 13th October

Ships

Atlantis Mar Elena Mar Elena Mar Elena
Victoriaborg Victoriaborg Victoriaborg Victoriaborg
Victoriaborg Terry Terry Terry
Terry Moksha Moksha Royal Iris and Snowdrop Smit Donau
Bro Designer Bro Designer Toisa Warrior

Prince's Dock

Prince's Dock

Sunday, 14th October

The jack-up crane ship Friedrich Ernestine has been in and out of Cammell Laird in between trials at Gwynt y Môr, where she'll be joining another crane ship installing turbines.

Friedrich Ernestine

Monday, 15th October

Back in again...

Friedrich Ernestine and Smit Donau

Tuesday, 16th October

Ships and boats

Bro Designer Snowdrop Halcyon Days
Wasserschutzpolizei boat Wasserschutzpolizei boat

High tide

The combination of last night's new moon and strong westerly winds pushing water onto the shore led to the highest tide I've seen on the river. When I set off, I think the waves were coming over the wall at the Canning Dock entrance, though the level had dropped a little by the time I got there. When I was coming back home, the water had dropped far enough to reveal debris left on the old Prince's Landing Stage.

River wall, Prince's Parade Cruise Terminal Blown-out man-hole cover Pier Head Pier Head
Canning Dock entrance Tide gauges Stick Tyre Tyre

Black-headed gull

A black-headed gull, so called because their heads are brown in the summer and white in the winter.

Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)

Thursday, 18th October

Friedrich Ernestine Sea Voyager and Seatransport

Saturday, 20th October

Liverpool Docks

Ships

Oil storage barge WD Michel and Norma WD Michel and Norma
Malltraeth Bay Penrhos Bay Baltic Carrier Smit Sandon

Architecture

Drinking water fountain, Nelson Dock wall Clanger Metal post Harland & Wolff Cargill Merseyside Food Products Ltd
Tate & Lyle sugar silo Tate & Lyle tank farm Regent Road Bonded warehouse, Stanley Dock

Sunset

Victoria Tower and Collingwood Dock Victoria Tower and Collingwood and Salisbury Docks
Grain silo, Stanley Dock Clarence Graving Docks

Sunday, 21st October

Royal Liver Building Cammell Laird Tranmere Oil Terminal

Wednesday, 24th October

Suveran II Jensen II Colwyn Bay Seven Navica

Thursday, 25th October

Anglian Monarch HMS Charger (P292)

Saturday, 27th October

Bro Atland Bro Atland Gas Arctic
Mersey Lass Wisby Verity Wisby Verity

Monday, 29th October

Stolt Shearwater


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