Saturday, 31 March 2012

Scillonian III - first day of her 35th season.

With the exception of 3 freight only trips the previous week Scillonian III commenced her 35th season on the 'road to the isles'. Here's a selection of pictures taken on the trip and at Scilly.

With Gry Maritha, the islands primary freight ship in dry dock for routine work Scillonian found herself with a busy start to the season. A full cargo of freight was loaded causing a slight delay to sailing time.

With the cargo aboard Capt Crawford sounded 3 short blasts and the ship departed the Lighthouse Pier taking 132 passengers across Mounts Bay and onward to Scilly.

With an easterly blowing, the ship rocked and rolled her way to Scilly rather than the usual pitching. Travelling with the wind made for comfortable conditions for those on deck.

As usual the ship was smartly turned out. A credit to the crew past, and present who keep her well maintained.

A first look at St Mary's as the ship takes the 'low water' passage in.

The Isles of Scilly Harbour Master's launch Pegasus off St Mary's. A fine product of a welsh boat yard!

At Hugh Town the ships crew and shoreside staff get to work unloading/loading cargo for the return sailing.

With the season just underway not every trip boat was in service. Sea King, one of the older boats in the final stages of her winter refit.

Joining Gry Maritha in Penzance Dry Dock was the Lyonesse Lady, the inter Island freight vessel. This left the much smaller Swift Lady in charge of keeping the off islands connected.

On the return to Penzance we passed the Sea Mithril, a former Hoo boat.

Passing St Michael's Mount inbound for Penzance.

With the wind blowing the ship off the quay a neat bit of ship handling was required by Capt Crawford as he brought the ship back alongside at Penzance.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

West Somerset Railway Spring Gala

Here's a selection of pictures from the WSR's Spring Gala.

1450 and her Autocoach stand at Minehead having arrived with the morning service from Bishops Lydeard.

1450 going 'on shed' at Minehead.

6024 King Edward I at Watchet heading to Bishops Lydeard.

6960 Raveningham Hall at Minehead

7828 Odney Manor (as Norton Manor) at Minehead.

6960 Raveningham Hall at Minehead shed.

70000 Brittania at Minehead.

WRS's 9351 arriving at Watchet.

6024 King Edward I backs onto the 1500 service to Minehead at Bishops Lydeard.

Waiting for the off . .

At journeys end for the day 6024 stands at Minehead having arrived with the 1500 from Bishops Lydeard. Time ticks away on the loco's boiler ticket with just 24 days left before she is stripped for major overhaul which is rumoured to take up to 3 years to complete.

6024 goes on shed for the night.

A final look at Charles Benjamin Collett's greatest machine at Minehead. I've been on many mainline tours behind 6024 visiting destinations like Kingswear (for Dartmouth!), London, Weymouth and Shrewsbury. Here's hoping it isn't 3 years before she's barking out of Bristol Temple Meads at the head of a Mainline Express again - there's no sight or sound like it!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Thursday, 15 March 2012

HMS Dragon

Making her first call at a Welsh Port here we see HMS Dragon approaching Cardiff today. Poor weather conditions for the arrival - grey ship on a grey day! SMS's tugs Nobleman, Roman and Trueman assisted the docking and HMS Exploit and HMS Express escorted her in.