< April 2013 >

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Contents

Thursday, 4th April Ships
Friday, 5th April Warships
Ships
Herring gull
Saturday, 6th April Ships
Warships
Sunday, 7th April Bomar Pluto
Monday, 8th April Ships
Tuesday, 9th April Warships
Ships
Wednesday, 10th April Gig boats
HMS Echo
Friday, 12th April Clifton
Reflected sun
Saturday, 13th April Liverpool Docks
RFA Diligence
Sunday, 14th April Ships
Wednesday, 17th April Ships
Saturday, 20th April Ships
Chinatown
Sunday, 21st April Ships
Boudicca
Lensbaby shots
Rainbow
The eggsperiment
Monday, 22nd April Ships
Thursday, 25th April Ships
Saturday, 27th April Ships
Sunday, 28th April Ships
Discovery
Monday, 29th April Ships and a rainbow

Thursday, 4th April

The ferry Hoy Head works in Orkney but has been in Cammell Laird for the past couple of months being lengthened. Today, they took her out for a spin on the Mersey.

Hoy Head Hoy Head Seatruck Progress Manannan
Stena Lagan Grande Ellade assisted by Smit Waterloo (bow) and Smit Barbados (stern) Magnifica and Pacific Sky

Friday, 5th April

Warships

Seven warships arrived on the Mersey this morning: HMS Echo returned, along with two Polish vessels and one each from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. They'll be here over the weekend before heading up to Scotland to take part in the annual NATO Joint Warrior exercise.

HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87) and PV Dunlin
Fulmar Fulmar ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511) ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511)
ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511) BNS Bellis (M916) BNS Bellis (M916) BNS Bellis (M916)
BNS Bellis (M916) ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624)
ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624)
Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059)
HNLMS Urk (M861) HNLMS Urk (M861) HNLMS Urk (M861) HNLMS Urk (M861)
HNoMS Hinnøy (M343) HNoMS Hinnøy (M343) HNoMS Hinnøy (M343) HNoMS Hinnøy (M343)
HMS Echo (H87) Warships and Snowdrop Warships, Smit Collingwood and Smit Barbados ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511)
BNS Bellis (M916) Weilheim (M1059) ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511)

Ships

Arco Dart Stena Mersey Stena Mersey Mersey Endurance
Mersey Endurance bunkering Stena Mersey Pacific Sky Burhou I Ashgarth
Kinmel Bay Smit Barbados Nariva Nariva
Smit Collingwood PV Dunlin

Herring gull

Herring gull (Larus argentatus)

Saturday, 6th April

Ships

Arundo CSL Clyde

Warships

HMS Echo (H87) ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511), ORP Czajka (M624), BNS Bellis (M916) and HNLMS Urk (M861) Warhips HMS Echo (H87)
Warships Warships Warships HMS Echo (H87)

Sunday, 7th April

Bomar Pluto

Monday, 8th April

Canal barge Canal barge Tessa W BGas Ettrick
HMS Echo (H87) BNS Bellis (M916) Weilheim (M1059)

Tuesday, 9th April

Warships

The foreign warships departed for Glasgow. Unfortunately, conditions were rather hazy.

HMS Echo (H87) ORP Czajka (M624) ORP Czajka (M624) HNLMS Urk (M861)
HNLMS Urk (M861) HNLMS Urk (M861) HNoMS Hinnøy (M343) HNoMS Hinnøy (M343) ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511)
ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511) and Stena Lagan ORP Kontradmirał Xawery Czernicki (A511) BNS Bellis (M916) BNS Bellis (M916)
Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059) Weilheim (M1059)

Ships

Arklow Rover Smit Waterloo Chemtrans Ems Brocklebank
Stena Lagan Happy Falcon Mersey Spirit assisted by Smit Donau Stolt Kite
Manannan Smit Barbados Kento Kossau
Smit Barbados

Wednesday, 10th April

Gig boats

These little boats are used to move mooring lines around, mostly for the tankers at Tranmere and for ships using the mooring posts at the Cruise Terminal. The ship lowers the rope and somebody in the gig boat grabs it to carry it across to where it'll be tied up; at the Cruise Terminal, they also ferry men to the mooring posts. There happened to be three of them here at the same time, today.

Mermaid Mermaid Pelican Osprey

HMS Echo

HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87) HMS Echo (H87)

Friday, 12th April

Clifton

The tiny tug Clifton repairing the ladder on one of the mooring posts at the Cruise Terminal.

Clifton Clifton Clifton

Reflected sun

The sun reflecting off the surface of Prince's Dock.

Reflected sun

Saturday, 13th April

Liverpool Docks

Safe Hand Wolthusen Orelia Orelia

RFA Diligence

The Navy's forward repair ship RFA Diligence has returned to dry dock at Cammell Laird. Tug boat Zeebrugge helped her into the wet basin; Zeebrugge is in Liverpool covering for one of the Smit tugs which is in dry dock.

RFA Diligence (A132) RFA Diligence (A132) RFA Diligence (A132)
Zeebrugge Zeebrugge

Sunday, 14th April

Aegean Wave and Bodil Knutsen Nena K PV Kittiwake PV Kittiwake

Wednesday, 17th April

Royal Iris Stemat 89, Tessa W and Fenna B Tessa W and Fenna B Tessa W and Fenna B

Saturday, 20th April

Ships

Vixen Stemat 89 PV Turnstone
Stena Mersey Lovina

Chinatown

Chinatown gate Dragon Graffiti

Sunday, 21st April

Ships

Laima assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Svitzer Stanlow (astern) Monte Mississippi Star Friedrich Ernestine
Kinmel Bay Fenna B Stemat 89 with Fenna B (ahead) and Tessa W (astern) Fenna B (ahead) and Tessa W (astern) towing Stema 89
Fenna B (ahead) and Tessa W (astern) towing Stema 89 Ashgarth Stolt Kestrel

Boudicca

The first cruise ship of the year. Boudicca arrived in the afternoon to begin a cruise to the Canary Islands. She and next week's caller, Discovery, will each be visiting several times over the year.

Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca and Ashgarth
Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca
Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca Boudicca
Boudicca Boudicca

Lensbaby shots

Princes Landing Stage Liverpool Docks Wallasey sunset

Rainbow

Rainbow Rainbow

The eggsperiment

Tesco sells duck eggs and they're rather translucent so I wondered what would happen if I took a photo of one with just back-lighting from my flash. I think that, in the end, I used a sheet of paper to reflect some light back onto the front of the egg, too. It's actually white and the white-balance is set corrrectly so the orange colour is from the light being transmitted through the interior.

Back-lit duck egg

Monday, 22nd April

Marlene Arklow Fern AB Valencia Laima

Thursday, 25th April

Scirocco Colwyn Bay Amur Star
HS Elektra assisted by Svitzer Nari (bow), Svitzer Maltby (alongside) and Svitzer Stanlow (astern) Theodora

Saturday, 27th April

Caernarfon Bay Bitland

Sunday, 28th April

Ships

Royal Iris Norma Norma Norma

Discovery

Discovery Discovery and Svitzer Maltby Discovery
Discovery Discovery

Monday, 29th April

Stena Lagan Hathor Rainbow


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