Saturday, 23 July 2011

SD Hercules

The first of 16 tugs to enter service for Serco Marine Services and part of a 29 vessel order. SD Hercules has now been in service for her owners since completion by Damen Shipyards in early 2009. Here we see her in and around Devonport on Friday 22nd July.

Brittany Ferries - Plymouth

Pont Aven departing Plymouth on Friday 22nd July

Looking rather boxy compared to her fleetmate we see Amorique departing Plymouth on Wednesday 20th July.

Scillonian III - Thursday 21 July 2011

Heading across Mounts Bay returning to Penzance in wonderful evening light.

VIC 24 (Advance)

On the bank or the River Plym we see the steam powered VIC 24 laid up. The vessel has been here for many years and believed to have been scrapped by many but as the below pictures show she remains - and in near original condition.

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Sunday, 17 July 2011

Bristol Temple Meads - 17th July 2011

Two steam specials are operating out of Bristol on summer Sundays, the Torbay Express to Kingswear and the Weymouth Seaside Express (to Weymouth!).

Here we see both returning to Bristol Temple Meads this evening.

The Torbay Express was first to arrive behind replica A1 Tornado .

The two meet . .

5029 Nunney Castle waiting to depart with empty coach stock having set down her passengers.

Note - Above pictures and video taken with an iPhone 4.

An afternoon on MV Balmoral - Monday 11th July.

Keeping the tradition alive MV Balmoral has spent the last week on the Bristol Channel. Here we take an afternoon cruise to Minehead on Monday 11th July from Penarth Pier.

The ship arrives from Clevedon, only her second day in service this year.

The Forward lounge/bar has been refitted to a high standard over the winter months . .

. . . thanks to a grant from 'The Peoples Millions'.

Pasing the BBC Orinoco inbound for Royal Portbury Dock.

Great cruising weather!

Alongside at Minehead with passenger transfer underway.

About to depart for a cruise of Porlock Bay.

At minehead station we saw Braunton - a West Country Class Pacific.

Bal returning from her cruise. Together with Waverley the ships provide a now unique opportunity for many to see the UK coastline.

Approaching Minehead.

Alongside at Minehead.

Passengers enjoying the cruise back to Penrth.

A rather misleading bit of marketing at Penarth Pier!

Outbound for Clevedon.

The Cathedrals Express - 7 July

A railtour from London visited Cardiff on 7 July bringing A4 Bittern running as sister locomotive Dominion of New Zealand to the South Wales Mainline. Seen her at New Road Fields, Rumney on the return journey to London in the early evening.

Monday, 11 July 2011

A Grand Day Out!

On Sunday 10th July we boarded 'The Cornishman' at Bristol Temple Meads headed by 5029 Nunney Castle with the destination of Par.

Having had a superb run over the Devon Banks with West Coast Railway driver Ray Churchill Nunney Castle stopped for water at Plymouth.

Shortly after leaving Plymouth we cross Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge and enter Cornwall.

Departing Bodmin Parkway

Having 'downgraded' to a HST at Par we headed Westwards . . .

. . . . until we reached the end of the line, Penzance!

Gry Maritha having a weekend rest in the harbour amoungst various private boats.

Two Celtic Nations united on the mast of Ocean Warden!

Just to prove I made it there I saw what life was like on the other side of the camera!

Now back on the correct side of the camera again we see Appledore's finest creation the Scillonian III is still going strong! She will feature in Marine Modelling Magazine next month as a plan feature.

Stalled Superyacht conversion project Vega still at Penzance Harbour. Hopefully someone will take her on and realise her wonderful potential.

A variety of ships on the North Wall at Penzance (left to right) the sadn dredger Taysand, Mannin awaiting entry to dry dock and the long term Penzance resident Lady Norma, ex Seaking. Mannin was due to enter dry dock the following day.

Having spent nearly 2 hours at Penzance it was back on the HST to rejoin Nunney Castle and her return working to Bristol.

Doing what she does best - hill climbing!

Heading back across the Royal Albert Bridge and leaving Cornwall behimd.

Safely back at Bristol Temple Meads.