Sunday, 21 April 2019

Easter Greetings to All. Top picture taken yesterday Easter Saturday looking across the Port of Dover at the rising sun.
The pic below .. a wider shot from a previous Easter.

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Post 915
  PaulB, Sea News, Dover.

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Picture top shows the DFDS ferry Calais Seaways having just arrived Dover harbour.
Pictured here below...The Braemar leaving us last evening. There is another Fred Olsen cruise ship in today too...the Black Watch.
It was a bit of a wishy washy greyish evening again as she departed prior to some rain - pity - we get used to all the sunshine don't we..

Friday, 27 June 2014 - 07:02
Post 914
  PaulB, Dover
Smashin' picture that Ed of Dunkerque West. Left it in pole position undisturbed so that all could enjoy it at its best in top slot.. makes a chap think about another trip to delightful Dunkerque. I think Second Mate Colin might well be right re that complex on the up-slopes across the channel in post 840, it looks modern and probably too big to be anything but a shopping complex. A couple of us googled and binged and although there are several things marked the war cemetery for example, none really suggest such scale. Now as promised a picture of the Esmeralda leaving on Tuesday evening between the small showers...took the wide view on this one by way of a change.
"Esmeralda..the bells, the bells ! " Smiley

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 15:30
Post 912
  Ed Connell, Dover
Beautiful sunset over Dunkerque West. Photo doesn't do it justice.

Re #840: Our Second Mate Colin thinks the building complex north of Boulogne might be a shopping outlet centre which he has been to.

Thursday, 26 June 2014 - 00:31
Post 911
  PaulB, Dover
This is the Pacific Reefer arriving a couple of days ago in blinding early sunlight. The pictures were way too bright initially but was able to retrieve them to a degree. It is great to see and enjoy all the cargo ships coming these days...and great to see the Port this busy.
Ed has a more detailed shot of the ship in Post 835.
The cargo terminal is still keeping very busy...since then the Esmeralda has been in and gone. Great stuff.
Might have a reasonable picture of that one leaving last night...still in camera.
Got tied up with the football. it took a bite-size chunk out of my evening..

Well done guys all round for the comments below.
Will investigate a bit further in due course when I get a minute as to what that structure is across the water.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - 07:00
Post 910
  Howard McSweeney, Dover
I have been in Deal twice over the last 4 days and it is very nice along their seafront but for those who want to look at more than an azure view Dover wins hands down.

This thread alone shows the massive variety of seagoing vessels that visit or go past very near our port, excellent work from all those that contribute photos here.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 21:12
Post 909
  Vic matcham, Dover
I have my own war bunker in my garden Ha Ha

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 16:38
Post 908
  brian, dubris
there is a ww2 german bunker complex on the cliffs,near the dover patrol area.a large one at that.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 15:53
Post 907
  PaulB, Dover
The structure looks too big to be those Colette...ermm I think, but I just don't know. It's a headscratcher so it is! Smiley
Will try and find out.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 15:34
Post 906
  ColetteB, Dover
Paul, could it be the World War11 bunkers in the background of your photo ?

Agree, fascinating photos from Ed there below and I just love them sailing boat pix MrB Smiley

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 11:55
Post 905
  PaulB, Dover
Another one of these monster APL ships making its way down the channel last evening. A few days ago we had APL Raffles, this one is the APL Gwangyang...bound for Suez. A huge ship of 350 metres long. What a load !

While taking pictures of the giant ship, I noticed this on the hillside beyond. Wonder what it is??...anybody know? could be a hospital or big factory or something. Looks to be just north of Boulogne..south of Wissant. Baffled. Cropped image below.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 - 07:59
Post 904
  JanT , Dover
Some lovely pictures how can anyone be critical of our seafront when you see pictures like that,and I'm sure there were plenty of ice creams sold yesterday.SmileySmiley

Also some good pictures there from Ed shows how busy they are in the docks.
And yes Vic we do miss the jobs we enjoyed doing can't always say that these days.

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 17:33
Post 903
  PaulB, Dover
Sunday was a blistering summers day..the seafront was all abuzz with swimmers and sailors and ice cream lovers and much more besides. It was as ever a great place to be. The kids in the sail boats made for spectacular viewing as ever for those doing a bit of easy dining, and there were very many. One or two were even doing a bit of wining as I hear...the sea was blue and so was the sky, what more could anyone ask. Most of this post dedicated to the seasports guys...

An added extra to those colourful sailboats.These wild seafront flowers are still looking good and offering spectacular colours of their own too, and still going strong.

Brilliant post below Ed. Great pictures indeed.. Smiley right up close in the midst of all the action. Good to see the new developments taking shape. Saw the Pacific Reefer arriving myself, tried to get a picture but was shooting into the blinding light.
Always interesting stuff...and good to hear about your exploits down there too Vic. Smiley

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 15:28
Post 902
  Vic Matcham, Dover
Just to add they are putting that new birth in over the top of one of the copper dams which was made up and welded by my mates and myself we done all the births along there bar the last one or maybe two which was done after I had packed up work

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 04:21
Post 901
  vic matcham, Dover
Thanks for the good photos yes as you know that was my line of work and work I loved to do and still miss it now.

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 04:16
Post 900
  Ed Connell, Dover
Multi-role vessel Avon helping to move the platform which is working on the pads on ED2, seen a couple of days ago. According to the Jenkins Marine website, "Avon is an extremely versatile ‘multi-category’ vessel. Offering shallow draft, deck crane, spud legs, and substantial deck space and load capacity , it is ideally suited to diving, construction, dredging support duties, salvage, and survey work." The fender installation cofferdam can be seen at top left of photo, sitting on the pier. Now back in the water working on the next fender.

Avon together with workboat Dover Worker.

ED2 today with the platform moved to work on the other pad.

Cargoship Pacific Reefer at the Dover Cargo Terminal today.

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 23:22
Post 899
  Andy MacLean, Old Wives Lees (
Good crowd coming on Dance to France next Saturday!

Join us! Sounds from the sixties through to the 90's on the disco. Great fun.

MV Spirit of Britain - 1830 sailing Saturday 28th. June.

Tickets still available - Phone 01227 732414

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 09:28
Post 898
  PaulB, Dover
The Ocean Princess pictured again just now...with less of that early morning yellow light as shown in the post below. The second ship Saga Pearl now also arriving as I write, more in the posts below. Its a glorious sunny day. A day for the seafront stroll for sure.

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 07:38
Post 897
  PaulB, Dover
Thanks for the latest cruise liner info Colette. Arrivals are a tad thin for the moment but will soon pick up again. Having said that there are two scheduled today according to Colette's list. One already in as I write...the Ocean Princess. Must have arrived in the very wee small hours of the morning. That's her above pictured very very early, around 5.30am. You know what they say...the early bird catches the worm...a very early worm on the second longest day of the year.
Yesterday the Costa Rican Star arrived to deliver her cargo. Another early arrival..
Hope you enjoyed the football Colette.
One of my neighbours went ultra big on England flags, banners, buntings, etc.. but oh dear! they have all come down already. Smiley

Sunday, 22 June 2014 - 06:52
Post 896
  ColetteB, Dover
The Windquest shown above there is a looker for sure Smiley

With no cruise ships in since Tuesday last, tomorrow, as in post 784, the Saga Pearl II returns after her short cruise, to CT1, TR & the beautiful Ocean Princess returns to CT2, TR.

Then this week on Thursday 26th June, the Braemar returns to CT1, TR.
The next day, Friday 27th June, the Black Watch arrives at CT1 to debark.
The last cruise for June, the Ryndam, will cruise once again into Dover on Saturday June 27th at CT1, TR.

I will be back soon to list the first couple of weeks of the many cruises to Dover in July Smiley And now I'm running late for the football, Byeeeee

Saturday, 21 June 2014 - 20:07
Post 895
  ColetteB, Dover
Good to see the photos there MrB of the Calais lifeboat in action at the weekend. Smiley We just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see the splendid rescue work by these great guys.

Also, terrific pic by Dover's RNLI Nicola Thomas, I remember that photo first time around. Is it really two years? How time flies!!! Smiley

Friday, 20 June 2014 - 19:52
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