Saturday, 23 February 2013

Clyde Clipper

Seen at the mouth of the River Avon about to undertake sea trials in the Bristol Channel on 3 February 2009. The vessel is owned and operated by Clyde Cruises but currently being shown available for sale here

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Flat Holm

A visit to the Island of Flat Holm in the Bristol Channel in 2009. The Island is owned by Cardiff Council but may soon be sold as part of council cut backs. What a great place to live - lottery win please!

Flat Holm Barracks. 

Looking towards Penarth and Cardiff.

 The Farmhouse.

The former Cholera Hospital.

The natives. 

Looking down channel towards the Welsh Coastline. 

The islands Lighthouse. 

 Gun battery.

Lewis Alexandra - the islands passenger and supply boat. 

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Wah Shan - IMO 9268825

Into Port Talbot on 23 March 2004 taken aboard Ryan.

All fast on the bow.

Entering the harbour.

Snowdon - IMO 9112313

Another series of a bulk carrier inbound to Port Talbot, this time the 85,848 gross ton Snowdon with a length overall of 292 metres and beam of 46 metres!

In the approach channel.


Svitzer tug Faris surfing in to make fast forward. 

Hurricane H, ex Margam 


Swung in the harbour . . 

. . . and being towed towards the berth by Ryan .

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Berge Arctic

Looking back in my archive here we see the bulk carrier Berge Arctic departing Port Talbot Tidal Harbour on 5 April 2005. At the time I was AB aboard the tug 'Ryan'. 

Lifting off the berth. 

Clear of the harbour breakwater and picking up speed . . 

. . . then under the bow to let go the tow. 

Off to her next port.