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|Wednesday, 1st May||Lensbaby shots|
|Friday, 3rd May||Boudicca|
|Saturday, 4th May||Hilbre Island
|Sunday, 5th May||Ships|
|Monday, 6th May||Ships
|Tuesday, 7th May||Ships|
|Wednesday, 8th May||Ships|
|Thursday, 9th May||Ships|
|Friday, 10th May||Ships|
|Sunday, 12th May||Ships
|Tuesday, 14th May||Ships|
|Thursday, 16th May||Discovery|
|Friday, 17th May||Queen Mary 2
|Saturday, 18th May||Celebrity Infinity
|Tuesday, 21st May||Ships|
|Wednesday, 22nd May||Sea Explorer
University of Liverpool
|Thursday, 23rd May||Ships
Archer-class patrol boats
|Friday, 24th May||Ships
|Saturday, 25th May||Warships
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
|Sunday, 26th May||Vice-Admiral Kulakov
RFA Fort Rosalie
Warships at dusk
|Monday, 27th May||THV Patricia
Westland Sea King HC4
|Tuesday, 28th May||Battle of the Atlantic memorial sail-past
I worked from home and took some photos on my way back from lunch at Moose.
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.
The tiny cruise ship Sea Explorer paid a visit to the Cruise Terminal, arriving from Waterford in the morning.
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.
A Frankenthal-class minesweeper of the German Navy.
The Canadian destroyer's sister HMCS Athabaskan was here in April 2011.
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.
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).
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.
Trinity House's buoy handling tender Patricia, berthed alongside Vice-Admiral Kulakov.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This building has had a hole cut in it; I assume it was done for the 2008 Capital of Culture.
The warships and THV Patricia at the Cruise Terminal.
The German minesweeper Grömitz also left today.
Taking part in the counter-piracy demonstration.
Aircraft on display at the pier head.
Aircraft on display at the pier head.
Airbus Belugas occasionally fly over Liverpool, probably because the A380 wings are made in Broughton, just over the Welsh border.