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A Rare Event off Talacre

Photographs &  notes  John Thomas 2014

These shots were taken in awful conditions off Talacre as CUIDAD DE CADIZ sailed out of Mostyn on Friday 24th January and SEATRUCK PACE sailed in just after 15:00.

The light was gloomy and rain became very heavy ---and the cold wind was almost freezing! I reckon this is possibly only the third time two such freighters have sailed past each other in this area. About this time last year VILLE DE BORDEAUX sailed past SEATRUCK PACE -at night time when she was collecting the wings CUIDAD DE CADIZ should have collected when she was blown off her moorings and ran aground at the end of January 2013! I would like to know if the Mostyn Pilots could clarify this point. In the wind and the rain of the day the navigational controls of all concerned are to be praised.

The quality is poor due to the weather and lighting in late afternoon, but this is a very rare event which may not happen again as SEATRUCK PACE must by now be close to her 46 voyages with wind farm equipment unless perhaps the arrangement is extended.


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