Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Sea Pictures from DOVER: Featuring all the ships that come and go and work at the Port of Dover ..
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Post 6739
  Del Styan, Norwich
You early risers put me to shame, but great pics, well done for cheering me up.

Monday, 6 January 2020 - 23:12
Post 6738
  Sea News, Dover
Dover Sunrise - We await the arrival of the Sun
On Saturday morning we gaze across the Channel at the early ferries as they make their way in glorious colour to Calais, France. The P&O ferry leads the way closely followed by the DFDS ferry...as we see above and below. The sun has yet to appear... but the sky awaits in dramatic style.

And then below the sun bursts through...always a spectacular moment as the golden globe climbs above Cap Gris Nez and illuminates the English Channel in dazzling light...

Dover Sunrise:

That's the view from Dover...come and visit Dover and see these great sunrises across the English Channel for yourself...if you're not already here of course !Smiley

The working week re-commences today for most. Normal scheduling resumes. Happy 2020 to all ! Smiley


Monday, 6 January 2020 - 05:03
Post 6737
  Sea News, Dover
Tried to get a picture of the huge container ship MSC Samar as she went down the channel on Friday night..well more Friday evening but night was falling fast, time of picture 16.10 or ten past four in old money. There was a brief late flurry of light after a grey day.

MSC Samar was only built last year ( 2019 ) and had just completed her maiden voyage from Asia to Bremmerhaven in Germany...now heading south again with a full load, presumably for the first time. She is an impressive whopper.. ( i went all technical there for a moment! Smiley) 400 metres long and an enormous 233,000 tons approx. in weight/size. Must be one of the biggest there is...

Will watch for her again on brighter days...
a few minutes later the sky turned this way below looking west, looking to the right of the ship in top picture. She was almost heading into the sunset.

Just saw this one in the files with roughly the same listing name as the one above.... dating from...
yes found it again..dating from September 2017 showing the dramatic sky and some of the Dock Development at that stage.


Sunday, 5 January 2020 - 07:53
Post 6736
  Sea News, Dover
You might remember in the background of one of the Lady Rosemary departure pictures the other day we saw, or barely saw, the Lifeboat in the distant gloom....well here we are with a bit of a better effort on that one. These are mostly computer boosted/generated images today. The top shot shows the Lifeboat at that time powering off into the distance. We understand that it was on another migrant mission. Also out there at the same time were several Border Force vessels including Vigilant. Un-pictureable through the gloom.

Also at the same time the Coastguard helicopter came onto the scene, enter stage left. Caught me out...tried to get ship and chopper together but alas the ship was cut to the quick!
Coastguard helicopter passes over Lady Rosemary... sort of...


Saturday, 4 January 2020 - 06:44
Post 6735
  Sea News, Dover

A few days ago, while waiting for the arrival of one of the reefers, Tug Dauntless came over and lingered by the new 'arm' in ... errmmm.. harbour central. Wasn't there some talk at one point of them (the tugs) being stationed/located here at a future time...perhaps the guys were just checking out the new aspect. They picked a murky oul day to do it...but good to get some shots of the tug in a different location as it were and these are quiet days …


Friday, 3 January 2020 - 06:09
Post 6734
  Sea News, Dover

Above we have an enlarged crop of yesterday's picture...showing the crewmen/dockmen at the bow of the Lady Rosemary, there are a further two crewmen in the shot. Can you spot them, that's todays frivolous puzzle. There may even be a sixth crewman minus a hardhat...can you spot him...well now..

Then afore long the Lady Rosemary was off...time of first shot below.. 09.33 on the 31st ( which was ..ermmm.. lets see, yes Tuesday). In the first picture below you can just make out the Lifeboat powering away into the distant gloom, it was very grey, there was a further migrant situation ongoing with Border Force and the Lifeboat involved at the time. Lady Rosemary was on her way to Vlissingen with a heavy load as you can see.

Lady Rosemary.


Thursday, 2 January 2020 - 07:37
Post 6733
  Sea News, Dover
Happy New Year to All!

The pictures above there show Lady Rosemary approaching the port from the East after her long trip across the Atlantic. Unfortunately it was misty muggy as she approached so the pictures are not super-clear, but happy to get them nonetheless...able to do so courtesy of the vacated ferry slots. The top two shots are very similar but Sid the Seagull flew into the second one a minute later!

Then below we see Lady Rosemary entering and crossing the Port until she reaches the new Western Cargo Terminal WD5.

Time of pictures above; 15.30 to 15.50 in fading light December 30.

She has since left us (yesterday)...the turnaround appears to be quicker lately, perhaps its the all new slick terminal...will have some pictures of that departure following along, still in camera. It was murky then too.

Very interesting post below from Mike...don't miss that one. Thanks all round Mike..Smiley

Many thanks Del..Smiley

2020 here we come! Smiley Smiley


Wednesday, 1 January 2020 - 07:57
Post 6732
  Mike J., Dover

A very Happy New Year to all ‘Sea News’ readers & thanks to PB for running this most interesting site.

Nothing to do with ferries, but I thought that readers might be interested in this rather fuzzy faded photo of the bar on the bulk carrier-REYNOLDS somewhere out in the Atlantic between Gibraltar & Norfolk.Virginia, as the the old year was 'rung out' by the oldest man aboard, Second Engineer Tommy Patel & 1986 was rung in by the youngest aboard, Colin the Deck Boy, who is waiting his turn.
Unsurprisingly drink was taken.

I don’t remember a similar ceremony when I was on the ferries in more recent years.
If it was was celebrated similarly drink, of course, would certainly NOT have been taken.

Tommy later flew home to retirement during the voyage & was presented with a tankard engraved ‘TOMMY PATEL - FINISHED WITH ENGINES' - a very familiar phrase to him from the ship’s engineroom telegraph which received orders from the bridge.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 - 02:51
Post 6731
  Del Styan, Norwich
Beautiful pics - well done.

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 - 00:15
Post 6730
  Sea News, Dover
Morning and Evening on the 29th December....
Dover Sunrise, Dover Sunset.
The pictures above show Cap Gris Nez in France on Sunday morning (29th). The shipping lanes are as busy as ever, even at this time of year ...as the sun rises dramatically over the Cap. You can see the monument and the mast there.... actually stood there looking back one time...quite a sight.

There was a stunning sky the same evening...these are just a couple of pictures, have more...
Looking westward ho! Yours truly waited quite a while for this seagull, where are they when you need them...? Smiley

We will have pictures of the reefer Lady Rosemary arriving ... coming soon.. as they say...
That's a first visit..thinkso


Tuesday, 31 December 2019 - 07:09
Post 6729
  Sea News, Dover

These are quiet days so we have time for a little bit more of Comoros Stream arriving with us here in the Port. Top shot, following along from the earlier pictures below page, shows her sidling into the new Western Cargo Terminal WD5...almost into berth there with the gentle help of the ever present tugs and under the towering new cranes.

While uploading the picture above, yours truly noticed the pic below in the files. Trying to remember why its there ? Have a feeling it was sent to me years back by the Port, possibly illustrating the projected possibility then of an all new Western Cargo Terminal...
anyway...Comoros Stream once again, this time as model extraordinaire...

Drifting back now we see the Channel on Christmas Day...Christmas morn in fact at 07.22...we see a small boat making its way to Boulogne and yes you can see Boulogne in the far distance right, sparkling in the near darkness. In the centre of shot you can see the Varne Lightvessel, and in the foreground of course the breakwater lighthouse flashing red...
"all is calm, all is bright...."

There was some gorgeous skies yesterday, both ends of the day...tried a few pix so will aim to show some of those.. if all went well with the camerawork...

Monday, 30 December 2019 - 07:23
Post 6728
  Sea News, Dover

Comoros Stream:

Some further pictures above there of Comoros Stream arriving here in the Port of Dover on the 27th which was.. let me see...yes Friday. Arriving from Vlissingen we understand. She left later the same day taking some of those dockside containers we photographed recently with her.

Harking back now a day earlier...to Boxing Day...not Comoros Stream but Cold Stream this time. Its a rough oul picture (bit forced!) from a rough oul day, but managed to get an image of her at the new Western Cargo Terminal WD5. She left Boxing Day around 9.30pm or so...

Cold Stream.

Well done Nigel with that picture below. Hugely enjoyable shot...Smiley

Don't forget the Archbishop of Canterbury's new years day message with the lifeboat guys here in Dover...

"The Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year's Day message will broadcast on New Years Day on BBC One at 1pm and again on BBC Two (with subtitles) at 4pm that day."


Sunday, 29 December 2019 - 06:34
Post 6727
  Mike J., Dover

I thought similarly, Del, altho' I wondered whether it might be a special BFD [Bishop Floatation Device],
Mind you, I thought that Senior Clerics could already walk on water . . . . .

Back to the serious stuff, here's a very nice view of the arrival of the COMOROS STREAM, taken from the new reclamation & posted by courtesy of 'Dover Straits Shipping' arriving from Vlissingen on Friday.
Curious red cranes on deck, not seen those before.

She gone now, heading for Gdansk, but hard on her heels is the LADY ROSEMARY, giving 0600 Sunday as her ETA, with Dover as her first port after crossing the Atlantic.

After that, according to AIS, things go quiet until the next reefer, the PACIFIC REEFER, arrives on 6th.January.

Sunday, 29 December 2019 - 01:39
Post 6726
  Del Styan, Norwich
Shame about the Archbishop's left foot - must be a hell of a bunion!

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 22:55
Post 6725
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures now of the crowds gathered for the Boxing Day Dip here in Dover. The weather was grim so it looked like there were fewer people gathered but we still saw a healthy turnout. The tide was high and as a consequence the beach was narrow/short etc etc...but the usual hardy souls took to the cold cold water with the usual all-conquering gusto...

And from a former year looking back from the opposite direction...

Many thanks for that info below AG ..Smiley


Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 08:59
Post 6724
  A G Jones, Whitfield (gjpve@tiscali.co.uk)
re the "Caesarea" going astern - yes, that's what her balls on the rear mast indicate

Saturday, 28 December 2019 - 06:49
Post 6723
  Sea News, Dover

Dover RNLI recently welcomed a Special Visitor

Volunteers at Dover RNLI were invited to the station earlier this month to meet a mystery guest.

They were delighted to welcome Archbishop Justin Welby, the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury, as he had asked to visit the station, which is in his diocese, as the location to film his New Year's Day message.

As well as filming, Archbishop Welby spent time speaking to volunteers there about their fundraising, visitor and education work there, and to the crew about the challenges of keeping such a busy station afloat.

Dover Coxswain James Clapham said, 'Our lifeboat station is very much a part of our community and we are always happy to welcome people from other walks of life to see what we do and learn more about our work.

'The Archbishop was very supportive of our great volunteers and showed a real understanding of how we operate. He enjoyed a tour of the boat and chatted to the crew about their rescues and their 'other' lives away from the station.'

The Archbishops New Year's Day message will broadcast on New Years Day on BBC One at 1pm and again on BBC Two (with subtitles) at 4pm that day.


The Dover Lifeboat in recent action..

That's Archbishop Welby 5th from left or 7th from right in the top pic above.
Many thanks as ever to the Dover Lifeboat team. Smiley


Great all round coverage in the posts below from Mike our 'inshore correspondent' excellent suff! Smiley
And very interesting info below from Mark in Northants excellent Smiley
Thanks Del... hope all going good where you are Smiley


Friday, 27 December 2019 - 06:40
Post 6722
  Mike J., Dover

Mark - Thanks for the interesting cloud info – I used to do a bit of gliding back when dinosaurs ruled the earth but we never saw lenticulars over Kent Gliding Club at Challock !
I’ve been lucky enough to see the classic ‘stack of saucers’ overseas.

Odd that you should mention Xmas trees on the ferries, I was about to do a piece on them after seeing a tree on a vessel in Dover a day or two ago after photting the EAGLE in the Tidal Basin.

The tree was mounted on the VIKING PRINCESS 2, recently purchased by the Brickell Brothers who used to own the very smart Folkestone f/V VIKING PRINCESS [post 5521], often seen in Dover who has been sold to Eastbourne owners.

The former PORTIA will continue to be used for angling, diving & swimmer escort duties.

I never saw masthead Xmas trees during my time on ferries [1989/98] but they were certainly to be seen in earlier years.

Here’s an excellent view of the CEASAREA sporting her tree in 1967 as she came astern thru the Western Entrance for an Western Docks berth.

The image doesn’t stand much enlargement but here’s a closer view.

Note the Captain & officers & Quartermaster temporarily navigating from the wheelhouse top as she backs to the berth.
The two black balls on the aftermast are THOUGHT to be hoisted to indicate that the vessel is going astern - can anyone confirm this ?

CEASAREA photo copyright & courtesy of John Hendy & Dover Ferry Photos forum.

Thursday, 26 December 2019 - 02:06
Post 6721
  Mark Rushton, Northants
Wow ! Great cloud. For what it's worth it's a lenticular cloud, caused by a standing wave pattern in the upper air. The standing waves are normally kicked off by the wind blowing at right angles to a mountain ridge - like the Pennines. So these are very unusual down south where there are no mountains. Probably triggered by a "phantom" mountain ridge such as a frontal system. Each wave bar marks the peak of one wave - if you look closely you can see the next peak miles downwind towards France. Glider pilots up north use wave systems to get to stupid heights of 20000 feet or more. Have a great Christmas, and thanks for the photo of the fleet laid up in Eastern Docks. Shame they don't put Christmas trees on the masts any more - anyone remember that ?

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 13:57
Post 6720
  Mike J., Dover (helcion@hotmail.co.uk)

Christmas morning with no-one on the Eastern Arm this year.

Damn cloud, the only one in a perfect blue sky, that sat there for 30 minutes, blocking the sun . . . . .


AIS showed at least ten windfarm craft parked-up at Ramsgate & four vessels anchored in Margate Roads

Border Force EAGLE came in from an early patrol & off the port one the Ramsgate BF cutters steamed slowly by after what would have been a perfect night for clandestine crossings.

Wednesday, 25 December 2019 - 11:46
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