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PS Waverley - In The Wake of La Marguerite

A Cruise Along the North Wales Coast

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2013

A photographic record of the PS WAVERLEY cruise to the Anglesey Coast on Sunday June 02, 2013. This was the first visit of WAVERLEY to Merseyside since 2001 and her maiden call at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal. The cruise brought out a capacity loading of 702 passengers on a 10 hour cruise along the North Wales coast in superb weather conditions. Her operation along the North Wales coast reviving memories of the last paddle steamer  to operate in this area - The Liverpool and North Wales Steamship Company's LA MARGUERITE which was withdrawn in 1925. One hopes given the success of the visit WAVERLEY will return sooner, rather than later.
08:55 and WAVERLEY has just arrived alongside the Liverpool Cruise Terminal - her maiden call at the terminal which had not even been on the drawing board when she last visited Liverpool in 2001.
Departure from Liverpool was later than the planned 10:00, the final ropes not being let go until around 10:22. The delay caused by the large number of passengers (702) who had been booked on the sell out cruise.
A number of traditional and modern vessels were passed as WAVERLEY sailed out to Q1. RUTH BORCHARD was running down in Gladstone Lock, near Crosby Bend a Lancashire Nobby was to be seen, followed by Holyhead Towing Company's PENRHOS BAY inbound from the wind farms. Near Q1 a rather nice sailing vessel strayed a bit too close before being warned away by WAVERLEY's whistle.
Q1, marking the entrance to the buoyed channel was passed at 11:27 and over in the Bar Anchorage could be seen ARKLOW RAMBLER and Butner's LEVANA.UNION FIGHTER with the Monopile Barge
Activity at Gwynt - y- Mor wind farm, STANISLAV YUDIN & POLAR PRINCE
12:20 An unidentified motor yacht approaches for a close up view of WAVERLEY, Llandudno can just be seen in the background.
Crossing Llandudno Bay and heading towards Puffin Island
Off Great Orme's Head - 13:40 heading towards Puffin Island
Puffin Island - 13:45Trwyn Du LighthouseHeading towards Moelfre
Trwyn Du Lighthouse with the Snowdonia mountains behind - 13:47
The engine room
The Engine RoomLynas Anchorage 14:23Point Lynas Lighthouse 14:41
Off Point Lynas
Point LynasParys Mountain 14:43Porth Wen Brickworks in shadowsLlanlleiana Porcelain Works Remains
15:20 Wylfa Nuclear Power Station - Silent Energy from the 20th Century contrasts to the ever growing and visually polluting Liverpool Bay Windfarms of the 21st. The only advantage of windfarms appear to be the interesting range of installation and survey vessels that they attract. By contrast power stations such as Wylfa occupy a relatively small area and provide minimum intrusion on the land and seascape.
With Skerries Lighthouse in sight at 15:20 WAVERLEY turned and headed back along the Anglesey coast to Liverpool.
Lynas 15:51Ynys Dulas 15:59Great Orme 16:57Floating Crane STANISLAV YUDIN 17:43
FREIDRICH ERNESTINE jacked up at Gwynt-y-MorHeading back towards The BarMARLENE with another load of monopiles bound for Cammell LairdFleetwood registered fishing vessel FD177 ISADALE. She has been working as a Guard Ship at Gwynt -y- Mor
Crude Oil Tanker LAVINA outbound from Tranmere Terminal: 19:01STOLT TEAL 19:29 CAERNARFON BAY 19:37
MSC ALYSSA outbound from Gladstone Lock - 19:39
20:08 - A great day over passengers disembark at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

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