Saturday, June 10, 2017

Remembering the sinking of the British ship "HILDA" in 1905

Monument at DINARD remembering the sinking of the British ship HILDA in 1905 with the loss of at least 125 people, the ship struck rocks trying to enter Saint-Malo in poor weather, photo taken this May at DINARD, wreck of the ship taken from the internet.

PADDLE-STEAMER "URI" cruising Lake Luzern




Paddle-steamer "URI" built in 1901 seen here departing VITZNAU, one of her regular calls during the Lake Luzern cruise, the ship is a wonder and the experience of cruising on her is a delight, follow this link for the official page of the ship here. Photos Vitor Francisco 27.5.2017

Friday, July 15, 2016

Cruising the river Mersey on SNOWDROP








Cruising the River Mersey on board Mersey Ferry "SNOWDROP", a ship built back in 1959 to see the World famous Liverpool waterfront. Photos 14.7.2016

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

"It's a sin we have to leave"






Ancona is quite possibly a unique place for ship photography, I have been visiting the place on regular basis for the last twelve months, a big advantage spot for photography is the lighthouse at the end of the pier at the entrance of the Port, I have been before, the place was a bit unsafe because there was no railings, so it could look quite unsafe, not anymore, as the photos show, brand new railings are now in place and even the luxury of a bench overlooking the entrance of the harbour, this is an example to follow, these days the easiest option would be to shut the facility down, not here thankfully, the lighthouse is actually known as the "new attraction" of the city, a couple that was enjoying the views and the amazing warm weather, had to leave to some compromise, they turned to me and quite clearly in a very said mood mentioned...... "It's a sin we have to leave", I couldn't agree more, well done to the local authorities, this is a sight to savour and enjoy. Photos 28.5.2016

Maritime Harwich on a stormy day





Harwich is a great place for maritme history, after disembarking the STENA BRITANNICA yesterday at 6.30 am, I went to the waterfront and waited for 7 am for breakfast to be served at the very popular, and publicity apart, for a good reason wonderful PIER HOTEL, after breakfast as usual decided to wait for the departure of my cruise ferry back to Holland, shame about the weather, that was simply awful, what a contrast to the last time I had been, back in September of 2015, here's a few photos taken yesterday, 31.5.2016

VIKING SKY looking wonderful in bright sunshine






"VIKING SKY" the third ship of VIKING OCEAN CRUISES seen at her builders yard, the prestigious FINCANTIERI, a bright sunny day with a very nice springtime light, it has been for me really exciting to be able to follow the construction of these marvellous cruise ships. Photos 28.5.2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

STENA LINE terminal in Hook Van Holland

                                            KONINGIN BEATRIX

                                      MODEL OF THE STENA SEMASTER

STENA LINE's Ferry terminal at Hook Van Holland has excellent facilities for passengers, beautiful model ships of the fleet, a shopping store and a Japanese Restaurant. Photos 30.5.2016

Friday, May 27, 2016

GOSPORT FERRY, it's shorter by water




"It's shorter by water", is the GOSPORT FERRY Motto, the Ferries take only three minutes to cross from Gosport to Portsmouth, by land, the voyage could take 45 minutes to do 14 miles, the HARBOUR SPIRIT resting at Gosport, photos 22.5.2016

RAF "WAVE KNIGHT", a Supermarket at Sea




RFA "WAVE KNIGHT" is a Wave-Class tanker built by VSE in Barrow-in-Furness, construction started in 1998 and the ship came into service in 2003, she is like a "Supermarket" at sea, she has the task of providing fuel, food and fresh water, she has a sister ship, the WAVE RULER. Photos at Portsmouth 22.5.2016

"ENDURANCE" going for scrap


HMS "ENDURANCE" has reportedly being sold for scrap and she will be towed to Turkey soon, she seems to be ready looking at these photos taken recently at Portsmouth, the ship was built in 1990 in Norway as the POLAR CIRCLE, she was chartered one year later by the Royal navy and purchased in 1992 when she was renamed "ENDURANCE", history tells us that, due to an error during maintenance, she was flooded in such a bad way that she's been out of service since 2008, the cost to repair the ship is so high that she is no longer viable. Photos taken 22.5.2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

M.S. "VOYAGER" of VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY




M.S. "VOYAGER" is a small cruise ship at 15.396 G.T., she was built in 1988 and has capacity for 540 passengers, the ship is operated by VOYAGES OF DISCOVERY...... "For life's adventure" is the company motto, "VOYAGER" sails her guests straight into smaller ports, like Portsmouth on the photos above, offering a true sense of adventure, the ship is registered in the Bahamas, photos 22.5.2016