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Boudicca Calls at Cóbh - The Onboard View

Photographs © John H. Luxton 2013

Fred Olsen Lines' BOUDICCA visited Cóbh on August 27, 2013.

This series of views were taken from the ship and quayside.

PV GLEANN MOR approaches BOUDICCA to embark the pilot
Preparing the ropes
PV GLEANN MOR leads BOUDICCA past the Cóbh waterfront to Deepwater Quay
PV GLEANN MOR stands off as BOUDICCA passes Kennedy Park and the Naval Service Pier. Immediately below the beautiful cathedral on the waterfront can be see the former White Star Line booking office and remains of the tender embarkation pier at which passengers disembarking and embarking White Star liners would be handled.
Approaching the Cruise Terminal
Cóbh Cruise Terminal is probably one of the most accessible and visitor friendly on the Irish Sea being immediately adjacent to the railway station which offers a frequent and fast train service to Cork. Part of the station also houses the Cóbh Heritage Centre which focuses on the history of the port in particular emigration gift shops and café.
TURBOT BANK (Doyle Shipping Group / Marine Transport Services) (the red tug) was not involved in berthing BOUDICCA. She was actually heading to the Naval Base at Haulbowline to assist in the departure of LE EITHNE [P31] from the refuelling berth. The slightly smaller AGHADA (Doyle Shipping Group / James Scott & Co) and her sister SHEILA at the stern were responsible for the rope handling.
AGHADA prepares to take the ropes ashore.
All secure and passengers are enjoying the sun
Excursion coaches awaiting those passengers booked on tours
Time for lunch at the Marquee Bar - The fish and chips are very good!
BOUDICCA viewed from Kennedy Pier, the remains of the former White Star tender pier can be seen in the foreground and Kennedy Park in the background.
If you travel by cruise ship to Cóbh think carefully if you need to book on expensive shore excursion particularly one to Cork city- the railway is much cheaper, faster and just as convenient. Here the 18:00 departure to Cork city operated by Iarnród Éireann class 2800 DMU departs.
Passengers returning from the coach tours (above and below). Cóbh Cruise terminal is probably quite unique in the in these islands in that the general public can get very close to the cruise ships and observe the berthing and departure of vessels. The fact a public footpath passes through the area probably helps.
Annie Moore looks on.
Tug TURBOT BANK alongside the dolphin with rope man preparing to let go. Passenger ferry KARYCRAFT on charter to the Naval Service can be seen arriving at the Naval Service Pier operating the Haulbowline Island Ferry for naval personnel.
Preparing to let go
Starting to move 22:59
Despite the late hour BOUDICCA's departure attracts some spectators.
Port of Cork staff returning the passenger gangways to the pontoon
Stowing the ropes
Just turned 23:00 and BOUDICCA is Dublin bound!

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