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Friends of the Ferries - Mersey Docks and River Cruise 2011


Saturday June 04, 2011

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2011

The Annual "Friends of the Ferries Across the Mersey" River and Docks Cruise operated on June 04, 2011 in excellent weather conditions. Though time inside the dock system was slight reduced due to scheduled shipping movements it was possible thanks to the excellent conditions for ROYAL DAFFODIL to sail down the Crosby Channel to Crosby Light Float before returning to Liverpool, Birkenhead Woodside and Seacombe.

In addition to the excellent weather conditions much interesting shipping was to be seen on the river and within the Liverpool dock system. It was certainly a busy day in the port. Passengers on the cruise were also given a glimpse of the new Mersey Ferries Liverpool Landing Stage which is currently being fitted out a Canada #1 Branch Dock. ROYAL DAFFODIL proceeding astern up the dock to afford passengers a better view.

The photographs record the vessels seen and are presented in chronological order.


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Robert Wynn's Heavy Lift Barge TERRA MARIQUE and tug SOUTH arrive.ROYAL IRIS arrives at SeacombeASHGARTH
STENA LYNX III Departed Cammell Laird around 13:00Cammell Laird - ATLANTIC OSPREY, CABLE INNOVATOR in wet basin and CS SOVEREIGN in #7 dry dock SOUTH and TERRA MARIQUE stemming the tide.RNLB CHARLES DIBDEN - New Brighton
SOUTH & TERRA MARIQUE whose wheel house has now has now been elevated.ANNIE PG heads up river with ASHGARTH assisting at the stern.LPG Tanker ENNERDALE heads up river towards the Manchester Ship Canal.Torbulk's SWANLAND inbound. This vessel was lost of Llyn Peninsular on November 27, 2011
NORCAPE peers over the river wall.LITTLE JACK in Langton LockChemical / Oil Products tanker MARIM at Brocklebank Dock.A now nameless RFA GEORGE awaits her fate in Canada #3 Branch Dock
Ravestein's SKYLINE BARGE 15 and the old Steam Packet Douglas and latterly Heysham linkspan in Canada #2 Branch Dock.   PRINCESS ROYAL (HABICHT II) continues to rust on Canada Dock, 17 years after her arrival on Merseyside. Whittaker's KEEWHIT in Huskisson Branch Dock.Diving support ship UNION BEAVER and offshore support vessel VOS SATISFACTION in HUSKISSON #3 Branch Dock.
HENTY PROVIDER at the Henty berth in Huskisson DockNORCAPE laid up in Huskisson #1 branch dock.SCAN SCARAB remains in long term lay up in Sandon Half Tide Dock several years after her last movement.Preserved steam tug-tender DANIEL ADAMSON in Sandon half tide dock.
STANLEY H of Henty Oil in Sandon Dock.ALTEA - the HMRC "rummage ship" - a long term inhabitant of Sandon Half Tide Dock.The Huskisson /Sandon Dock Swing Bridge has now been removed.
The new Mersey Ferries landing stage - fitting out in Canada #1 Branch Dock.The condition of Brocklebank Graving Dock's fine pump house which is a listed building continues to deteriorate.ARKLOW VIKING discharging at West Alexandra
ARKLOW VIKING discharging at West Alexandra Cable laying ship GIULIO VERNE in Gladstone #1 branch dockMERSEY FISHER in Gladstone Dock #2 Branch Dock.Research Vessel DISCOVERY in Seaforth Dock.
The 2011 built bulk carrier THEMIS in Seaforth Dock.COASTAL ISLE and COSTAL DENIZ at Seaforth. The brand new INDEPENDENT VOYAGER on her first Merseyside Call.ATLANTIC COMPASS at Seaforth Container Terminal
Bulk carrier MERCURIUS at the Seaforth grain berthOSTEND MAX at the Seaforth grain berth ATLANTIC COMPASS at Seaforth Container Terminal
Korean bulker AQIA arrives - bound for Langton Lock.NORMAN TRADER on charter to P&O arrives from Dublin.ROYAL DAFFODIL circumnavigated Crosby Light Float at 16:08.HMS SEVERN at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal

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