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Boudicca Departs Liverpool for Cóbh - The Onboard View

Photographs © John H. Luxton & Peter Challis 2013

On Monday August 26, 2013 your web master sailed to Cóbh and Dublin on board Fred Olsen Lines' BOUDICCA.

These scenes taken on board, with one taken from the Wirral shore by Peter Challis, illustrate the departure of BOUDICCA  from Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

The embarkation (and disembarkation) experience was very good, and despite the temporary nature of the facilities as good as that at Southampton with attentive and helpful staff.

Entering the terminal compound.
The check in and waiting area. On disembarkation the moveable chairs are removed to provide a spacious baggage reclaim area.
Whilst awaiting departure FRIEDERICH ERNESTINE sailed past out bound from Cammell Laird with another load of monopiles destined for Gwynt y Mor wind farm. Both your web master and Peter Challis unknowingly capturing the moment at almost the same time.
Embarkation commenced around 14:00 whilst it was on going rubbish along with some old and broken deck chairs and sun loungers were being removed whilst below the Cruise Terminal Manager strolls past.
Some of the crew relaxing before departure.
Loading the baggage cages
Builder's Plate - BOUDICCA is 40 years old this year.Whilst the gangway was wound up the 'Gongoozlers' watched proceedings from Prince's Parade
With the gangway secured in its storage position the rope men were standing by. I somehow managed to miss the actual moment or ropes-off for some reason - I think I was in the Observatory Bar, however, ropes off time was around 16:50.
Captain Lars Kjeldsen (centre), Chief Officer Henrick Mattson (left) and the Mersey Pilot on the port side bridge wing.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company staff watch the departure as BOUDICCA swung to face down river and sail out to sea - for the first port of call at Cóbh.
The pilot was dropped at the pilot station onto PV TURNSTONE at 18:01

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