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Dry Docking River Adada at QEII Falmouth - March 29, 1989

Photographs  John H. Luxton 1989

Many photographs have appeared on the Irish Sea Shipping web site featuring ships in the Queen Elizabeth II Dry Dock at Falmouth Docks whichare now part of the Atlantic & Peninsular Group. However, to date your web master has only managed to capture of the arrival of a ship on just one occasion and that was out of luck rather than planning!

Back in late March 1989, six years before the Irish Sea Shipping web site was to make its appearance as "Mersey Shipping" your web master just happened to park the car in the lay-by on Pendennis Drive, Falmouth  to enjoy the view on a rather misty spring day.

However on stepping out of the car it was something of a surprise to see a ship being guided into the QEII dry dock. The vessel was Nigerian National Lines RIVER ADADA (13,625grt / 1979) built by the Split Shipyard in the then Yugoslavia. RIVER ADADA was sold in 1996 following the insolvency of Nigerian National Lines she was sold through a number of owners becoming AXION I later LEONIS and ending her life as LEONA I in 2009 under the ownership of Hogla Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd.

As can be seen from the photographs taken over a period of an hour and a half the ship can be seen to enter the dock, and then gradually settle onto the blocks, during that time the weather went from misty, through bright sunshine and back to misty again! Camera: Contax RTSII SLR, Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.7 Planar lens, Agfa CT 200 film.


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