< May 2013 >

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Contents

Wednesday, 1st May Lensbaby shots
Friday, 3rd May Boudicca
Saturday, 4th May Hilbre Island
Ships
Sunday, 5th May Ships
Monday, 6th May Ships
Sunset
Tuesday, 7th May Ships
Wednesday, 8th May Ships
Thursday, 9th May Ships
Friday, 10th May Ships
Sunday, 12th May Ships
Canada geese
Tuesday, 14th May Ships
Thursday, 16th May Discovery
Friday, 17th May Queen Mary 2
Ships
Graffiti
Saturday, 18th May Celebrity Infinity
Mooring operations
Canada goose
Tuesday, 21st May Ships
Wednesday, 22nd May Sea Explorer
Ships
Albert Dock
University of Liverpool
Thursday, 23rd May Ships
Warships
Archer-class patrol boats
Groemitz
HMS Pembroke
HMS Edinburgh
HMCS Iroquois
Friday, 24th May Ships
ORP Kościusko
Counter-piracy demonstration
Warships
Night shots
Saturday, 25th May Warships
HMCS Iroquois
ORP Kościusko
Vice-Admiral Kulakov
THV Patricia
Counter-piracy demonstration
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
Ships
Sunday, 26th May Vice-Admiral Kulakov
Minesweepers
Canning Dock
Cammell Laird
HMS Edinburgh
RFA Fort Rosalie
Liverpool
Warships at dusk
Monday, 27th May THV Patricia
Vice-Admiral Kulakov
Grömitz
Ships
Westland Sea King HC4
Display aircraft
Flags
Tuesday, 28th May Battle of the Atlantic memorial sail-past (HMS Bulwark, HMS Edinburgh, BNS Louise-Marie, ORP Kościusko, HMCS Iroquois, HMS Pembroke, THV Patricia, Lifeboats)
Ships
Airbus Beluga

Wednesday, 1st May

I worked from home and took some photos on my way back from lunch at Moose.

Liverpool Town Hall Titanic memorial Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

Friday, 3rd May

Boudicca

Saturday, 4th May

Hilbre Island

Seaweed Little Eye Middle Eye and Hilbre Island Natural arch
Hilbre Island from Middle Eye Middle Eye and Hilbre Middle Eye from Hilbre P
Rocks on Hilbre Island Hilbre Island Hilbre Island Eroded sandstone block
Rock formation Rock formation Rock formation Rock formation
Iron ladder Dead sea urchin Seaweed Stone bridge
Common periwinkles (Littorina littorea) Common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) Common mussel (Mytilus edulis) shells Hilbre Island

Ships

Colwyn Bay Stolt Cormorant Stolt Cormorant Stolt Cormorant
Kati Kati Kati Ben Maye
PV Dunlin PV Dunlin Fure Star Arklow Falcon
OW Scandinavia Stolt Kite

Sunday, 5th May

Sardinia Stolt Petrel Abis Bordeaux

Monday, 6th May

Ships

Minerva Libra assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow), Svitzer Nari (amidships) and Ashgarth (astern) Fure Star Fure Star passing Stena Mersey OW Scandinavia
Mistral Yogi towing Skyline Barge 20 Skyline Barge 20 Tchin Tchin

Sunset

Coastal Deniz Coastal Deniz Coastal Deniz Coastal Deniz
Joerg N Joerg N Joerg N
New Brighton Wallasey Town Hall

Tuesday, 7th May

Aasheim Flex Keston Stella Orion Nicole C
Stolt Kite Stolt Kite Discovery

Wednesday, 8th May

Zeebrugge Rodau PV Turnstone Svitzer Nari
Bente Bente Bente Bente
Cherry Sand Cherry Sand Cemsky City of Cardiff
Prospero Prospero Eagle Sapporo assisted by Svitzer Nari (bow), Svitzer Maltby (amidships) and Ashgarth (astern) Amur Star passing Stena Lagan
Alva and Snowdrop Alva

Thursday, 9th May

Arklow Rainbow Tigris

Friday, 10th May

BGP Explorer Irene Terry Terry
Chem Star assisted by Smit Waterloo Torm Gyda assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern) Torm Gyda passing Chem Star

Sunday, 12th May

Ships

Magdalena Chemtrans Elbe Stolt Teal
Arklow Fern Manannan

Canada geese

Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis) Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

Tuesday, 14th May

Boudicca Caernarfon Bay Llandudno Bay Gaillion

Thursday, 16th May

Discovery

Friday, 17th May

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2

Ships

Gig boats Auk and Kestrel Sulphur Genesis PV Skua

Graffiti

Graffiti cat

Saturday, 18th May

Celebrity Infinity

Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity
Celebrity Infinity Maltese flag Celebrity Infinity Celebrity Infinity

Mooring operations

Auk Auk Auk Auk
Auk Auk Auk Auk and Celebrity Infinity
Kestrel Mersey Spirit

Canada goose

It looks like the goslings didn't make it. A couple of days ago, there were just two of them; today, the two adults were wandering around with no babies following.

Canada goose (Branta canadensis)

Tuesday, 21st May

Helas Coastal Deniz Arlow Fame Arlow Fame
Svitzer Maltby Svitzer Maltby Svitzer Maltby HMS Blazer (P279), HMS Ranger (P293) and HMS Trumpeter (P294)
CSL Clyde Whitchampion Torm Valborg assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow), Ashgarth (amidships) and Svitzer Stanlow (stern) Torm Valborg passing Whitchampion and Stena Mersey
Sapling

Wednesday, 22nd May

Sea Explorer

The tiny cruise ship Sea Explorer paid a visit to the Cruise Terminal, arriving from Waterford in the morning.

Sea Explorer Sea Explorer Sea Explorer

Ships

Spring Stella Virgo Stenberg passing Stena Lagan
Arklow Rival Arklow Rival Coastal Deniz

Albert Dock

Dredging TS Pelican of London LT1192 Kathleen & May Canning Dock
HMS Charger (P292) HMS Charger (P292) HMS Archer (P264) HMS Pursuer (P273)

University of Liverpool

Victoria Building Ashton Building Victoria Building

Thursday, 23rd May

Ships

Boudicca Zapadnyy Emsdollart Emsdollart
Venom Venom Venom TS Pelican of London
THV Patricia Svitzer Maltby (l) and Ashgarth THV Patricia and Mersey Endurance

Warships

Several warships are visiting to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic. Unfortunately, a lack of space on the river means that some of them are hiding in the main dock system.

HMS Bulwark (L15) BNS Louise Marie (F931)

Archer-class patrol boats

HMS Example (P165) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Example (P165) HMS Example (P165)
HMS Example (P165) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Trumpeter (P294)
HMS Blazer (P279) HMS Blazer (P279) HMS Blazer (P279) HMS Smiter (P272)
HMS Smiter (P272) HMS Ranger (P293) HMS Ranger (P293) HMS Example (P165)
HMS Ranger (P293) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Smiter (P272)
HMS Ranger (P293) HMS Trumpeter (P294) HMS Blazer (P279) HMS Smiter (P272) HMS Blazer (P279)
HMS Blazer (P279) and HMS Example (P165) HMS Pursuer (P273) HMS Archer (P264) HMS Charger (P292)

Grömitz

A Frankenthal-class minesweeper of the German Navy.

Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064)
Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064) Grömitz (M1064)

HMS Pembroke

HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107)
HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107)
HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107)

HMS Edinburgh

Svitzer Nari Svitzer Nari, Svitzer Sussex and HMS Edinburgh (D97) Svitzer Nari, Svitzer Sussex and HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97) assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern)
HMS Edinburgh (D97) assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern) HMS Edinburgh (D97) assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern) HMS Edinburgh (D97) assisted by Svitzer Sussex (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern)

HMCS Iroquois

The Canadian destroyer's sister HMCS Athabaskan was here in April 2011.
Ashgarth HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern)
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) Ashgarth assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) Svitzer Maltby assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern)
Ashgarth assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) Ashgarth assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280)
HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern), with THV Patricia and Mersey Endurance HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280) assisted by Ashgarth (bow) and Svitzer Maltby (stern) Ashgarth assisting HMCS Athabaskan (DDG-280)


Friday, 24th May

Ships

Royal Iris Prolific WD Mersey Sten Fjord
WD Mersey Stena Lagan Zeebrugge assisting Manannan Svitzer Maltby
Stena Mersey African Spirit African Spirit

ORP Kościuszko

The Polish Frigate ORP Kościuszko arriving in the Mersey. She was built for the US Navy as Oliver Hazard Perry class Frigate, USS Wadsworth and sold to Poland in 2002. You may know her from her role as sister ship USS Reuben James in The Hunt for Red October.

ORP Kościuszko (F273) ORP Kościuszko (F273) ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Ashgarth ORP Kościuszko (F273)
ORP Kościuszko (F273), Svitzer Maltby and Ashgarth ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern)
ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) Svitzer Maltby assisting ORP Kościuszko (F273) ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern) ORP Kościuszko (F273) assisted by Svitzer Maltby (bow) and Ashgarth (stern), alongside HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280)

Counter-piracy demonstration

A demonstration by the Royal Marines and Royal Navy. The scenario is that pirates have captured the tug boat Brocklebank (third from the right in the second shot).

Royal Marines landing craft Counter-piracy demonstration Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 HMS Blazer (P279)
Westland Sea King HC4, ZE425 Royal Marines landing craft AgustaWestland Lynx HMA8, XZ726

Warships

HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280), THV Patricia and Ashgarth HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273) HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273) HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273)
HMS Example (P165)

Night shots

THV Patricia THV Patricia THV Patricia, HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273) THV Patricia
HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273) THV Patricia, HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273) Full moon Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626), HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko
Vice-Admiral Kulakov assisted by Zeebrugge Vice-Admiral Kulakov assisted by Zeebrugge Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościuszko (F273)

Saturday, 25th May

Warships

Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626), Patricia, HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościusko (F273) Vice-Admiral Kilakov (D626) and Patricia HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościusko (F273) HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościusko (F273)
ORP Kościuszko (F273) and HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) HMS Pembroke (M107) Grömitz (M1064)

HMCS Iroquois

Foredeck, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Alexandra Tower Restricted area sign, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopter, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Ship's badge, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280)
Canadian flag, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Jackstay, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Canadian Naval Jack, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280) Canadian Naval Jack, HMCS Iroquois (DDG-280)

ORP Kościusko

Helicopter hangar, ORP Kościusko (F273) Mast, ORP Kościusko (F273) Foredeck, ORP Kościusko (F273) Painted emblem, ORP Kościusko (F273)
Naval jack, ORP Kościusko (F273) Crest, ORP Kościusko (F273) Naval jack, ORP Kościusko (F273)

Vice-Admiral Kulakov

One of twelve Udaloy class destroyers built for the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. She's now back in service with the Northern Fleet after being laid up for nearly twenty years. The helicopter, a Kamov KA-27PS (NATO reporting name 'Helix') has two contra-rotating sets of blades, which is crazy-complicated but means it doesn't need a tail rotor.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) SS-N-14 Silex missile launchers Red Star
Cyrillic writing 100mm gun muzzle cap, Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) 100mm gun turrets
Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Kamov Ka-27PS 'Helix' helicopter Kamov Ka-27PS 'Helix' helicopter tailplane Kamov Ka-27PS 'Helix' helicopter Russian Naval Jack

THV Patricia

Trinity House's buoy handling tender Patricia, berthed alongside Vice-Admiral Kulakov.

THV Patricia alongside Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) THV Patricia THV Patricia

Counter-piracy demonstration

Archer-class patrol vessels and Royal Marines landing craft HMS Ranger (P293) and HMS Example (P165) HMS Smiter (P272) and HMS Blazer (P279) Royal Marines landing craft
Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Just a straight fly-past of a Hurricane and a Spitfire, down the river. I was on HMCS Iroquois at the time, shooting into the sun, so didn't get much of a view.

Hurricane and Spitfire

Ships

Doris Schepers Edmund Gardner Kerne
Stena Mersey PV Turnstone PV Turnstone

Sunday, 26th May

Vice-Admiral Kulakov

Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626)

Minesweepers

Both the minesweepers were open for tours, though only the decks were open, and the bridge of Grömitz. I did get to dry-fire HMS Pembroke's minigun and have a nice chat with one of her divers.

HMS Pembroke (M107) Draught marks, HMS Pembroke (M107) Ship's crest, HMS Pembroke (M107) Funnel badge, HMS Pembroke (M107)
Grömitz (M1064) Elk crest, Grömitz (M1064) Badge, Grömitz (M1064) Pinguin ROV, Grömitz (M1064)

Canning Dock

Next Wave and Planet LT1192 Next Wave and Planet

Cammell Laird

Cammell Laird was hosting HMS Edinburgh so was open to the public for the first time in twenty years. Unfortunately, they didn't take the opportunity to show off any of their own work – they're the construction base for the Gwynt y Môr offshore windfarm and they recently won a contract to build two ferries for the Scottish islands – but some of the windfarm work was visible, at least.

The tugs Smit Buffalo and Smit Bulldog handle the barges that are loaded with components for larger tugs to tow out to the windfarm.

Smit Buffalo Lifting transition piece Smit Bulldog Smit Bulldog and Smit Buffalo with barge UR3
Smit Bulldog Smit Bulldog Smit Buffalo with UR3 Smit Buffalo with UR3
Cammell Laird logo Terex crane Valve Wind turbine pilings
Wind turbine piling Wind turbine piling

HMS Edinburgh

HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97) Pennant number, HMS Edinburgh (D97) Funnel badge, HMS Edinburgh (D97)
Lynx helicopter Captain's bike, HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97)
Name plate, HMS Edinburgh (D97) Anchor, HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97)

RFA Fort Rosalie

RFA Fort Rosalie isn't part of the Battle of the Atlantic event but she's been in dry dock at Cammell Laird for the past few months.

RFA Fort Rosalie (A385) RFA Fort Rosalie (A385)

Liverpool

This building has had a hole cut in it; I assume it was done for the 2008 Capital of Culture.

Building with a hole

Warships at dusk

The warships and THV Patricia at the Cruise Terminal.

Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626), Patricia, HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościusko (F273) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626), Patricia, HMCS Iroqois (DDG-280) and ORP Kościusko (F273)

Monday, 27th May

THV Patricia

THV Patricia THV Patricia

Vice-Admiral Kulakov

Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) and THV Patricia Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) and THV Patricia Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626), Svitzer Nari and Smit Donau Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) and Svitzer Nari
Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) assisted by Smit Donau (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) assisted by Smit Donau (bow) and Svitzer Nari (stern) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) assisted by Smit Donau, with Svitzer Nari
Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626) Vice-Admiral Kulakov (D626)

Grömitz

The German minesweeper Grömitz also left today.

Grömitz Grömitz

Ships

Blue Creek Gas Galaxy Gardian Merseyside Police
Spring Gaillion Svitzer Maltby Stenstraum
Stolt Kestrel Union Fighter and Smit Sandon towing UR7 Union Fighter UR7

Westland Sea King HC4

Taking part in the counter-piracy demonstration.

Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425
Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 Westland Sea King HC4 ZE425 HMS Ranger (P293), HMS Example (P165), HMS Smiter (P272) and HMS Blazer (P279)

Display aircraft

Aircraft on display at the pier head.

17 (Reserve) Squadron, RAF insignia Boeing Chinook mock-up Westland Sea King HC4 Westland Sea King HC$

Flags

Aircraft on display at the pier head.

Trinity House Jack Trinity House Ensign Polish Naval Ensign Canadian Naval Ensign

Tuesday, 28th May

Battle of the Atlantic memorial sail-past

Flotilla Flotilla Flotilla Flotilla
Smit Barbados Smit Barbados Snowdrop and RNLI Lady of Hilbre HMS Charger (P292) HMS Charger (P292)

HMS Bulwark

HMS Bulwark (L15) HMS Bulwark (L15) HMS Bulwark (L15)
HMS Bulwark (L15) HMS Bulwark (L15)

HMS Edinburgh

HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97) HMS Edinburgh (D97)

BNS Louise-Marie

BNS Louise-Marie (F931) BNS Louise-Marie (F931) BNS Louise-Marie (F931)

ORP Kościusko

HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) and ORP Kościusko (F273) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) and ORP Kościusko (F273) ORP Kościusko (F273) ORP Kościusko (F273)
ORP Kościusko (F273) ORP Kościusko (F273) ORP Kościusko (F273)

HMCS Iroquois

HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280)
HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280) HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280)

HMS Pembroke

HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107) HMS Pembroke (M107)

THV Patricia

THV Patricia THV Patricia THV Patricia THV Patricia
THV Patricia THV Patricia THV Patricia THV Patricia

Lifeboats

Rescue boats RNLI Lady of Hilbre (12-005) RNLI Hurley Spirit (H-005) RNLI RIB (B-837)

Ships

Svitzer Sussex Svitzer Maltby Svitzer Nari Smit Waterloo
Celtic Forester Shoalway Hornisse Kongo Star

Airbus Beluga

Airbus Belugas occasionally fly over Liverpool, probably because the A380 wings are made in Broughton, just over the Welsh border.

Airbus A300-600ST Beluga


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