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  • alan - Wednesday 11 October 2017 12:20Reply
    @ Ken Lowe :Thanks Ken very interesting indeed
  • Ken Lowe - Wednesday 11 October 2017 11:01Reply
    The Parcastle and her sister barges belonged to the Bridgewater Dept of the Manchester Ship Canal Co., and were mostly employed carrying maize from ships in Salford Docks along the Bridgewater Canal, (via Hulme Lock), to the Kelloggs factory in Trafford Park. Sometimes the maize was loaded from ships at Ellesmere Port. They also carried metal goods to Howley Quay, Warrington, from Ellesmere Port or Manchester. There were other occasional traffics. They did not normally go to Liverpool or Birkenhead but stayed within the Ship Canal, Bridgwater Canal and their connected waterways.
    The 'Par...' barges, (6 of them), were built in the early 1950s, as were a series of unpowered (dumb) barges which had names ending in '...mere'. The Parcastle was built in 1952. The 'Par...' barges could each carry up to 80 tons of cargo and they often towed the '...mere' barges, which could carry slightly more. The Kelloggs traffic continued until March 1974, following which the barges were sold off or broken up.
    The picture shows the Parcastle and another 'Par...' barge at a location known as No. 5 pier, adjacent to the Docks Railway Swing Bridge. The shed in the background is the relatively modern No 6 Dock transit shed. On the right of the picture we can see the stern of the Ship Canal Company's passenger boat 'Silver Arrow', which used to take parties of sight-seers, school children, etc., round the docks.
  • Bryan D Potgieter - Tuesday 26 September 2017 15:02Reply
    queen mary departing - southampton? union castle to the right
  • Andy - Sunday 9 July 2017 11:31Reply
    @ alan : Thanks.
  • alan - Thursday 6 July 2017 14:48Reply
    @ Andy : Andy,Being towed to Mactays at Brombourgh, possible Houseboat conversion? Built as Jacamar 1961(Trawler) later renamed Dawn Monarch,went to the Quays in 2006 ,no idea why though.
    Alan
  • Andy - Thursday 6 July 2017 12:55Reply
    I thought that you'd got the details wrong for this ship, but it turns out it's because Marine Traffic have a picture of Jacamar II for this ship! Do you know what's the story behind this movement as Shipspotting.com says that it was last seen moving down the canal over ten years ago.
  • gwrdave - Wednesday 21 June 2017 10:37Reply
    Interesting steam steering gear.
  • Steven Chalmers - Friday 26 May 2017 22:33Reply
    Nice MSC pics. shame the bridge was cut off on this one though! keep up the good work
  • alan - Sunday 7 May 2017 17:49Reply
    @ Noel Vaughan : Yes you are correct Noel,was broken up in 2006
  • Noel Vaughan - Sunday 7 May 2017 14:14Reply
    This looks like a Fairmile B launch built for the Royal Navy mainly in the Dartmouth area.
  • alan - Saturday 6 May 2017 11:42Reply
    @ Noel Vaughan :Noel,If you compare it to the original i think we did a splendid job.
  • Noel Vaughan - Saturday 6 May 2017 10:21Reply
    Nice proportions in the photo but it's a shame it wasn't cleaned up from the original when it was converted to digital.
  • alan - Friday 14 April 2017 23:32Reply
    @ Andy : Makes a colourful picture though.
  • Andy - Friday 14 April 2017 17:44Reply
    Aaaah, my eyes! :)
  • Ken Lowe - Friday 31 March 2017 15:24Reply
    Hi Robert. As well as Lykes Lines, (note spelling), other shipping lines that commonly used the canal in the 50's, 60's and 70's included Manchester Liners, Clan Line, Harrison Line, United States Lines, Brocklebank Line, Prince Line, Furness Withy & Co., Royal Mail Line, Elder Dempster Line, Ellerman Lines, Strick Line, Lamport & Holt, Pacific Steam Navigation Co. etc., etc.@ Robert Jones :
  • Robert Jones - Sunday 5 March 2017 09:37Reply
    Hi Arthur, I grew up in Runcorn in the 1950s. One of our delights was to run from the playground of the Parish Church School at lunchtime down to the Ship Canal (Ferry Hut) to see a 'Big Fellah' being slowly eased around the sharp bend at the Runcorn Gap. I remember Likes Lines vessels, but none of the other common lines that used the canal - can you help? I'm preparing a photobook of life in Runcorn in the 1940s - 60s (own use only). Cheers Rob

    Rob (Edinburgh)
  • Keith Fleming - Sunday 12 February 2017 09:04Reply
    @ looking for similar picture of the old queen mary : See the three splendid photos just posted, taken in 1967 across Southampton Water from Hythe Pier, by the late Colin Mann
  • jodapo - Wednesday 8 February 2017 19:39Reply
    excellent and and an illustration of just what this waterway can still offer !
  • looking for similar picture of the old queen mary - Tuesday 24 January 2017 15:33Reply
    one of my old ships, thank-you.
  • alan - Monday 23 January 2017 20:06Reply
    Photo on its way Helen
  • Helen Curwen - Monday 23 January 2017 12:22Reply
    Promote Stockton Heath have permission to use this photo with an acknowledge for the photographer
    Is the owner A Faulkner and what form would he like the acknowledgement to take
    Regards Helen
  • Helen Curwen - Sunday 22 January 2017 22:26Reply
    Can we use The photo of the swing bridge on our map in Stockton Heath please contact me on for more info Kind Regards Helen Curwen Happy Falcon app S/H
  • T Trikic This boat was in the boat trader last year I did try to buy her but had no responce to my bid. - Saturday 21 January 2017 15:35Reply
    Is this boat still for sale?
  • George walton - Thursday 5 January 2017 11:25Reply
    One year on and the work to convert MSC Deborah continues the engine an 8L3B Gardner is now running,gearbox and prop seem to be in good order"time will tell".
  • Ron (REME) - Wednesday 21 December 2016 14:54Reply
    as a troop ship I sailed to Singapore in August 1959 for a posting in Malaya and returned on her in March 1961 Great ship and good memories
  • George walton - Monday 5 September 2016 09:45Reply
    I have recently bought M.S.C.DEBORAH to continue the conversion to houseboat
  • Bulman - Saturday 20 August 2016 09:01Reply
    Appleton appears in the TV series Strangers, towards the end of part one of the episode The Wheeler Dealers (s2e1).
  • Andy - Sunday 7 August 2016 22:39Reply
    @ alan : Right, but wouldn't they at least have a skeleton crew on board just to keep an eye on the ship?
  • Ricksshipphotos - Sunday 7 August 2016 00:53Reply
    Love the Solent photos.
    It's been a while since I was around there.
    May have to pay a visit in the near future.
  • alan - Saturday 6 August 2016 20:19Reply
    @ Andy : Andy, I believe the crew went home.
  • Andy - Saturday 6 August 2016 17:55Reply
    It's been a nice little summer break for the crew I bet! Then again who would want to be stuck in Eccles for three months?
  • Diane Peer - Thursday 2 June 2016 13:49Reply
    We owned Sarinda for quite a number of years and have the most fantastic memories of her. We spent every summer on her when our girls were young and took her over to Holland in 1991 for a 5 week holiday.
  • Andy - Tuesday 12 April 2016 18:06Reply
    Ah right, I didn't realise that they were regular events. Cheers.
  • alan - Sunday 10 April 2016 19:02Reply
    @ Andy : Andy, It was the start of the Mersey Ferries Manchester Ship Canal Cruise's.The workboat Fosser had been dredging at the Quays.
  • Andy - Sunday 10 April 2016 18:43Reply
    Was this a special excursion or something? It has certainly been an unusually busy weekend at the Manchester end of the Canal.
  • alan - Sunday 3 April 2016 23:28Reply
    @ Andy : Indeed Andy...
  • Andy - Sunday 3 April 2016 21:57Reply
    Someone got up early this morning!
  • Merv Rowlinson - Saturday 2 April 2016 00:21Reply
    [Janine: Marwit was certainly a smart ship. Gleaming paintwork and brasswork - a credit to your Dad.

    The shortsea route was certainly a rough one, so even more impressive to maintain such high standards.

    MervR reply=2717]Janine Poppen[/reply]
  • Alan - Tuesday 29 March 2016 00:33Reply
    @ Andrew :
    I think Andy McF has been misinformed ..I shall delete the message.
  • Andrew - Monday 28 March 2016 21:35Reply
    /don't understand ? is Canute the floating crane cos that is alive and well March 2016, Pounds yard Portsmuth where they seem to be using her rather than scrapping her
  • alan - Sunday 28 February 2016 23:55Reply
    @ Blind Bob :
    Thanks Bob ..a good day was had.
  • Blind Bob - Sunday 28 February 2016 11:04Reply
    Great shot Alan. Got one just the same! Bob
  • Jay - Saturday 27 February 2016 19:30Reply
    Appreciated the photo and details.
  • Alan - Thursday 31 December 2015 17:56Reply
    @ Andy : Hi Andy,Only just got it myself as it left one hour later.
  • Andy - Thursday 31 December 2015 13:22Reply
    I tried to get a picture of this myself, but by the time I arrived at Carrington it had already departed!
  • Mike Turpin - Wednesday 9 December 2015 09:21Reply
    Hi,

    I'm following up on leads about Basuto which is at our Museum. From your comments, did your Dad work for Coopers at Widnes or was it when she went ot Manchester?
    regards
    Mike
  • Doug Rowland - Friday 20 November 2015 20:50Reply
    Agree with David,Sloyne or Wellington( Alexandra Towing ) and Paladin
    (Red Funnel IOW SP)
  • alan - Tuesday 17 November 2015 00:31Reply
    @ Whistleblast : Many Thanks and for the info.
    Alan
  • Whistleblast - Saturday 31 October 2015 21:55Reply
    A superb photograph.

    Farragon - Commodore's pennant and ensign of the Royal Yacht Squadron

    Amazon - burgee of the Royal Naval Tot Club of Antigua and Barbuda
  • alan - Saturday 17 October 2015 23:28Reply
    @ manxman : After more checking you are right ..the inner vessel is King Orry and the outer Monas Isle ..Thanks for noticing
  • manxman - Saturday 3 October 2015 13:55Reply
    sorry but the photo is not manxman look at the lifeboat configueration manxmans lifeboats where all in line on the promanade deck this is more likely snaefell
  • alan - Thursday 24 September 2015 23:59Reply
    @ Linda matheson, nee clegg : Excellent thanks for the info
  • Linda matheson, nee clegg - Thursday 24 September 2015 18:44Reply
    Sarinda wass owned and run by my parents, her name is a combination of mine and my sisters.
  • John ex AB Red Funnel Tugs - Friday 21 August 2015 00:23Reply
    Nice photo lovely ship. We towed her in & out southampton a few times. There was another ship with her doing the school cruises SS UGANDA. She was used as a hospital ship in the Falklands war. Yes working on the tugs was great in those days.
  • John Bacon - Sunday 16 August 2015 13:43Reply
    Beautiful vessel , fantastic picture
  • Bob Hughes - Friday 7 August 2015 23:27Reply
    I sailed on the Balmoral a few years ago, Tyne to Farne Islands. Wonderful trip. I managed to get a visit to the dark/ engine room, wonderful experience. Chief was a great guy, but then l had to quickly leave, as the noise, smell and the heat, brought back memories of my dad, who was a Chief Engineer, taking me to his place of work. Was all very emotional.
  • Bob Hughes - Friday 7 August 2015 23:05Reply
    Lovely to see use of canal . I have been on the canal as a small boy many times, as my dad was a chief engineer of the British and Continental Steamship Company vessels.
  • Bob Hughes - Friday 7 August 2015 23:03Reply
    This dazzle colour scheme is deplorable. Have complained to no avail to the Merseyside Maritime Museum for the same scheme on the Edmund Gardner. Whoever is responsible is an extreme imbecile. It has nothing to do with WW1. My trip to Flanders in September to visit my great uncle and his cousins grave, has much to do with WW1.
  • Merv Rowlinson - Tuesday 28 July 2015 21:58Reply
    [Yvonne:

    Your Dad would have been busy in the grain trade to Manchester from Liverpool, Birkenhead and Ellesmere Port. This is in addition to dock work in Manchester.

    From my memory the crews of the Bridgewater Department barges (Dept of MSC) were fine seamen. They needed to be as the Mersey can get quite choppy for a loaded barge. Then the long haul to Manchester via the MSC. I don't recall Parcastle and her sister on the Bridgewater Canal at Runcorn, but would access via Hulme Lock in Salford in order to reach Kelloggs (as in corn flakes)at Trafford Park. The Parcastle would have towed a dumb barge.

    The Bridgewater fleet was always well painted and ship-shape.

    A tough life no doubt but one full of character. The barges always looked "picture book" at night showing their bright lights and lanterns - paraffin lit of course

    Hope this helps, Merv Rowlinson reply=2677]yvonne seddon[/reply]
  • alan - Sunday 26 July 2015 23:26Reply
    @ Ken Urwin : Thanks Ken...No such planned movements listings,but any i hear of in advance i put on my front page "Manchester Arrivals"
  • Ken Urwin - Sunday 26 July 2015 21:35Reply
    Hi
    Nice photo,saw this ship by chance just leaving Irlam locks
    Is there anyway to get advance notice of ship movements on the canal?
  • alan - Sunday 26 July 2015 15:45Reply
    views.@ Brian Bowe : Thanks Brian ..there are not many places left now with clear views.
  • Brian Bowe - Sunday 26 July 2015 00:14Reply
    Nice pic of Sea Ems I used to live near this location,
    I am amazed at the density of the trees on both banks at the MSC here . I remember clear views from the road(Ellesmere Road??) on the left of the canal .
  • Mate - Friday 3 July 2015 21:57Reply
    Yeap that was great pic and great run for this lady. I was sailing through out that river for 8 years it's a little sad that peel port didn't extend contract. Ex Clydenes and CSL CLYDE carry out almost 5 million ton of coal for that power station... :)
  • alan - Thursday 2 July 2015 14:40Reply
    @ Yulia Khovrina :
    Hi Yulia..Max draft 6.21m
  • Yulia Khovrina - Wednesday 1 July 2015 20:19Reply
    Please advice max and min draft.
  • alan - Saturday 13 June 2015 22:56Reply
    @ David Henshaw :Thanks David
  • David Henshaw - Saturday 13 June 2015 22:31Reply
    Wellington or Sloyne with tender Paladin
  • antony nostro - Wednesday 3 June 2015 14:40Reply
    #MY PAINT JOB LOOK'S NICE, I TOOK ABOUT HALF A TON OF SCALE OFF HER,WITH A BIG 30LB SLEDGE! #Gunnel's badley need replacing?
  • antony nostro - Wednesday 3 June 2015 14:34Reply
    #JAMES IS OFF TO LIVE ON THE THAMES AS A HOUSE?
  • antony nostro - Wednesday 3 June 2015 14:31Reply
    #PROCEED,SHE'S LOVELY,BADLEY IN NEED OF SOME 'T.L.C.!
  • Gavin Phillips - Monday 1 June 2015 18:22Reply
    Reading this as I'm crossing the Solent by ferry. The Canute W's always something I wanted decent pictures of. Really sad to heat it's been cut up although I was wondering why I didn't see it in march when I was last up this way.

    So it's definitely been scrapped then?
  • alan - Saturday 21 March 2015 11:29Reply
    @ Jonathan : Thanks Jonathan,She's in Birkenhead West Float, look for the A5139 Dock Road.
    Alan
  • Jonathan - Friday 20 March 2015 23:35Reply
    Hello sir.
    Nice photo
    Where would be the best place to go and see this! Will be in New Brighton on Sunday and would love to go get a photo

    Thanks
  • lovely ship,on her a few times round uk coast,allthough we did a run from stanlow to curacao and back with shell for over 40years - Wednesday 25 February 2015 20:16Reply
    Lovely
  • alan - Sunday 15 February 2015 11:54Reply
    @ Janine Poppen :Hi Janine,
    Marwit was built 1960 499gt renamed Sapna about 1981 and broken up 1986.
  • Janine Poppen - Sunday 15 February 2015 01:38Reply
    My dad, Jan Poppen was First Mate on The Marwit that delivered cargo from Roncorn Liverpool to London Derry Island in England. This was from 1964.
    Did anyone know him, or can you offer more information about the ship?
  • Chris Allen - Saturday 31 January 2015 22:30Reply
    We purchased the tug Kennet from the Thames Concervancy and took it to where we lived In Sunbury on Thames. We rebuilt the Crossley engine but had trouble with the hydraulic gear change which was a bit crude. We sold it to Ray Speechley of Ivor Bucks and he had it on a canal in Ivor.
    I live now in Nottingham and would like to see it again.
    I would have thought that the Crossley engine would have still been in good order although it is now some 40 years since we rebuilt it.

    Best regards. Chris
  • alan - Monday 26 January 2015 11:34Reply
    @ MARGERY MIDDLETON : Yes.. Wightlink sail every hour ..crossing time approx 40mins
    Alan
  • MARGERY MIDDLETON - Sunday 25 January 2015 16:20Reply
    Is there still a ferry sailing between Yarmouth and Lymington?
    I used to go on a Saturday Morning! If not are there any ferries between IOW and Lymington, super town!
  • Frank - Monday 19 January 2015 01:21Reply
    This is the MSC Dawn, she was the Divers boat on the Canal, all the MSC divers were finished up in July 2006, as you can see apart from the stern fender, she looks in good condition, contract divers took over the Dawn and it went down hill very fast, she now sits out of the water next to a scrap yard in Liverpool Docks.
  • alan - Wednesday 14 January 2015 15:14Reply
    @ Arthur McKinnon :Nice to hear from you Arthur
  • Arthur McKinnon - Wednesday 14 January 2015 11:25Reply
    Sailed in Cape Yorh in 1964 carried sugar from Durban to Japan anf Sugar from Fiji to Greenock. Anyone out their.
  • alan - Saturday 27 December 2014 23:47Reply
    @ Norman Hardaker : Thanks Norman for the info.. i took the photo in 2008... lets hope something can be done
    Alan
  • Norman Hardaker - Saturday 27 December 2014 17:19Reply
    Dont know when this photogragh was taken but as on today 27.12.14 she is still in the same position in a very sad condition. The owners have been given until next June 2015 to do something about her a coat of paint or something at which time the harbour authority Torrigde District Council will take action against them. Thought you would be interested.
  • guest - Sunday 30 November 2014 22:57Reply
    @ guest : Would you get in touch via the Contact Form
    Thank You Alan
  • guest - Sunday 30 November 2014 18:45Reply
    I am looking to buy a print or picture of lady Maureen thanks
  • tommy edwards - Sunday 23 November 2014 19:19Reply
    I think this is a cracker I, d be made up workin her
  • alan - Tuesday 30 September 2014 23:47Reply
    reply=2699]M[/reply]Have a good cruise
  • M - Tuesday 30 September 2014 18:32Reply
    Very Useful when selecting which cabin to book
  • alan - Monday 15 September 2014 00:05Reply
    Thought it was only going for a survey?
  • alan - Tuesday 26 August 2014 20:25Reply
    @ Talbot Clark : Thanks Talbot...don't mind at all..
  • Talbot Clark - Tuesday 26 August 2014 13:19Reply
    Lovely picture. If you don't mind me being a bit critical, it's a shame that you didn't level the horizon.
  • alan - Thursday 14 August 2014 22:01Reply
    @ Peter Havard : It is indeed Peter, but thank you for the further information.Alan
  • Peter Havard - Thursday 14 August 2014 15:27Reply
    I believe this is the tug GOLDEN CROSS
    Built: Scott & Sons of Bowling 1955
    IMO: 5133034
    GT: 136
    ex names: Golden Cross -68, Dunheron -77, Orca -97
    Believed to have been scrapped at Roseneath, January 2014
  • alan - Tuesday 5 August 2014 23:40Reply
    @ Dave Gallie : Thanks Dave, Lens 70- 300mm, focal length used for photo 185mm . Mid River Mersey so quite close.
    Alan
  • Dave Gallie - Tuesday 5 August 2014 23:30Reply
    Lovely clear photo, how far offshore has the photo been taken and what lens focal length is used?
  • guest - Thursday 17 July 2014 20:11Reply
    @ Hi : Andy, Photo on its way, Regards Alan
  • Hi - Thursday 17 July 2014 15:03Reply
    I was the skipper that day conducting surveys for weeks on the Mersey, can you please send me the original>>?


    Many Thanks
  • alan - Monday 14 July 2014 15:42Reply
    @ yvonne seddon : Yvonne,This site may be of help, www.heritageboatassociation.iecms there is a page regarding Dukers History.
    Regards
    Alan
  • yvonne seddon - Sunday 13 July 2014 22:35Reply
    my father William nicholls worked the parcastle barge in the 1960s on the bridgewater canal are there any info and documentation that I can get from anyone.
    Yvonne seddon (nicholls)
    thank you
  • lady ailsas skiper - Friday 6 June 2014 15:37Reply
    she should not have been smashed up just 4 the want of somewhere 2 stand so we could restor her .
  • Kraaijeveld Hubert - Monday 26 May 2014 23:17Reply
    Nice to see this picture.
  • Bern Stuiver - Tuesday 4 February 2014 18:05Reply
    I was his son--who are you?
  • jorge sanpas - Saturday 11 January 2014 14:46Reply
    Stunning looks and read that cruising is very fast and comfortable,(se ve imponente navegando e leido que es muy rapido y comodo)
  • Chris Kenney - Friday 20 December 2013 20:29Reply
    My grandfather was company secretary to Wm Cooper Ltd, and my dad went on the Basuto as a young man in the early thirties. I was raised on bed time stories about how capable she was.
  • John Garner - Tuesday 17 December 2013 20:17Reply
    Great shot of the Fulham, with my old ship ss Arcadia in the background.
  • Alan - Friday 18 October 2013 23:42Reply
    Hi, Just added another photo of her in the Ellesmere/Eastham Album
    Always look very smart.
    Alan
  • guest - Friday 18 October 2013 23:30Reply
    The Victory was the first of the ( V class tugs ) followed by the Viceroy .
  • guest - Thursday 17 October 2013 23:02Reply
    Went senior Mate from brand new in 1974 .
  • Bill - Tuesday 1 October 2013 17:01Reply
    Don't think she was a training ship, I remember her at the west brocklebank in the mid to late sxties. She was a Blue Funnel vessel trading with China if I rember right
  • alan - Wednesday 25 September 2013 17:02Reply
    Hi Arthur thanks nice to hear from you
  • Arthur Tape - Thursday 29 August 2013 02:16Reply
    Just found you on web site so thought I would say hello
  • gary dunne - Wednesday 21 August 2013 17:19Reply
    that dock still there its at the bottom of my street think that was a training ship
  • Tim - Saturday 17 August 2013 18:14Reply
    Good shot Alan, nice flash of sunshine on her!!
  • seen sailing east of North foreland 2 Aug 2013 - Friday 2 August 2013 15:28Reply
    Great looking under sail
  • SomeOne - Tuesday 9 July 2013 16:08Reply
    Any idea what cargo this ship is carrying? There are a load of these tube things at Salford Quays from this ship.
  • Alan - Monday 8 July 2013 15:14Reply
    Nice picture - I have just walked over there and photographed Alana Evita on the same berth. Good to see ships visiting the docks once more. Regards Steve Reynolds
  • d mac - Monday 8 July 2013 12:54Reply
    silos for the royle brewery moss side manchester [heiniken/fosters brewery].
  • alan - Sunday 7 July 2013 14:59Reply
    Arklow ships run twice a week, Coastal Deniz approx 3 times a week ,plus the occasional tanker for Cadishead.No timetable, your best bet is to check the ships AIS website
  • Akasha - Sunday 7 July 2013 12:48Reply
    How often daily run ships through this channel?
    Is there some timetable to see and "wait" for a ship to take pics.?
    Thanks
  • stantheman - Friday 5 July 2013 20:51Reply
    Thanks for that Alan, one would hope that a general cargo berth and heavy load facility would be incorporated in the Port Salford plans as Peel do not want sny shipping above Mode Wheel according to their published plans.
  • alan - Friday 5 July 2013 18:28Reply
    Yes believe they are Fermenters for a brewery
  • stantheman - Friday 5 July 2013 17:28Reply
    Noticed the other vessel came via Ipswich, anyone any idea what the cargo is? Storage tanks for the brewing industry maybe.
  • guest - Friday 5 July 2013 10:59Reply
    Unloading near salford quays
    due to depart Sat 6th another vessel the Alana Evita due Sun 7th
  • stantheman - Thursday 4 July 2013 23:01Reply
    Interesting cargo are they papermaking cylinders?
    Where are they being unloaded?
  • alan - Thursday 13 June 2013 11:58Reply
    Hi Karen
    With Pleasure ....and a credit please
    Alan
  • Karen Hook - Thursday 13 June 2013 11:23Reply
    Great picture of our pleasure boat, can I put it on our facebook page please
  • guest - Tuesday 11 June 2013 11:39Reply
    i used to sail on this ship my uncle was the captain brings back good memorys
  • guest - Thursday 6 June 2013 21:33Reply
    This vessel is now at Glasson Dock, Lancashire...
  • Paul-S - Thursday 6 June 2013 00:29Reply
    Great view with a good composition.
  • Fred Hoy, '''flyingfred13@gmail.com - Wednesday 5 June 2013 01:57Reply
    Where are you moored, I would like to visit,
  • mark - Monday 22 April 2013 20:08Reply
    built 1985 50gt
  • mark - Monday 22 April 2013 20:06Reply
    built 2002 57gt
  • Ron - Wednesday 10 April 2013 20:55Reply
    Why? Just another sad day for the world's premier navy. I understand decommissioning the ship if money is tight, but why sell and scrap such a large and useful ship? I have been a fan of The Royal Navy for about 35 years now, and just when it seems it can't get any worse, it does.
  • Gavin - Sunday 17 March 2013 19:00Reply
    Unusual to see a cosco bitumen on the Mersey
  • alan - Friday 15 March 2013 11:20Reply
    Audrey,Photo taken on the Manchester Ship Canal at Warrington
  • audreytayler - Friday 15 March 2013 10:29Reply
    Drama on a canal. I wish I knew where the photo was takedn. I' then know more about the picture.
  • audreytayler - Friday 15 March 2013 10:27Reply
    Good to see the Red Funnel against such a large ship. Having lived on the Isle of Wight for several years I miss my trips across the Solent and sitting at East Cowes on lovely sunny days. Good place to eat fish and chips too.
  • audreytayler - Friday 15 March 2013 10:23Reply
    A dramatic picture well worth having it framed to put on a wall. good to see that we are still having lots of trade from southampton. Thank you for showing it.
  • Guest - Friday 8 February 2013 14:27Reply
    Wow !
  • guest - Friday 8 February 2013 12:06Reply
    Amazing photo
  • alan - Tuesday 29 January 2013 17:24Reply
    Thank you have corrected
  • guest - Tuesday 29 January 2013 16:48Reply
    Incorrect IMO it Should be 8201545 .
  • alan - Friday 25 January 2013 14:11Reply
    Hallo Hinni danke Ihnen für Ihre freundlichen Kommentare. Alan
  • Hinrich Six - Friday 25 January 2013 01:47Reply
    Das waren doch noch Schiffe.
    Sehr schöne Aufnahme des alten Stückgut Dampfers > ATREUS < von Steuerbord Seite.In England findet man noch sehr viele Picture von
    ALTEN STEAM VESSELS.Mcht weiter so. Gruß Hinni
  • john evans - Monday 7 January 2013 09:12Reply
    joined liverpool 67, sailed to south and east africa, hungry harrisons, the funnel two white on red band, meat two of fat one of lean.
  • john evans - Monday 7 January 2013 09:10Reply
    joined this ship in 67, at oil terminal, bound for continent. nice pic
  • guest - Thursday 3 January 2013 00:42Reply
    Great pic to kick off the New Year Alan!!!
  • Mike Paull - Saturday 29 December 2012 18:32Reply
    I'm getting old! I used to catch a lift on this ship when it was new and called "Humber Jubilee". I rode from Woodlesford to Leeds on the Aire & Calder navigation. Glad to see she's still earning her keep.
  • a stretton - Saturday 29 December 2012 15:48Reply
    walked round the camber today 29/12/12 verywindy,tugs looked superb tied up and resting.
  • Wendy Ann L - Tuesday 20 November 2012 22:18Reply
    My namesake! I was named after this tug boat & remember going to see her as a child.
  • mersey - Wednesday 14 November 2012 23:39Reply
    Tony, You're right ,have corrected.
  • Tony Anderson - Wednesday 14 November 2012 23:23Reply
    Think this is Caernarfon?
  • Ralph Jackson - Tuesday 13 November 2012 12:35Reply
    The after deck could do with scrubbing!!
  • guest - Monday 22 October 2012 06:01Reply
    TRULY AMAZING. I WANT TO BOARD THAT SHIP SOMEDAY
  • mike farrell - Monday 10 September 2012 21:19Reply
    would love to build this in 1/12 scale beautiful lines
  • guest - Thursday 12 July 2012 21:31Reply
    amazing!!!!!!!!! what a boat! fab crew
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:23Reply
    [#8941177] 2010-08-28 16:11:19 Left by Greg Neilson (#0) Reply

    Great pix.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:22Reply
    Electa IMO 9416824 29712gt Built 2009
    Tankers alongside Fawley [#8951937] 2010-10-22 11:47:24 Left by John (#1261165) Reply

    What a wonderful set of photo's :) Well done Alan.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:19Reply
    [#8948505] 2010-10-02 21:32:22 Left by Steve (#0) Reply

    Hi I wouldn't have minded seeing this tug & barge when it passed. I didn't notice it on shipais. how did you get the info of them passing ? (unless you live nearby of course!) Steve
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:18Reply
    [#8914577] 2010-05-06 14:26:12 Left by Bill (#0) Reply

    Hi nice photo of the Arklow. How did you get the info of her leaving? Cheers, Bill.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:14Reply
    [#8893265] 2010-02-04 10:02:31 Left by Colin McCool (#0) Reply

    brilliant photo's of the various ships passing our wonderful Liverpool waterfront!
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:13Reply
    [#8906961] 2010-04-02 16:40:00 Left by Rob (#0) Reply

    Hi. this is a great photo, Great Site I love the variety of ships on the site. Thanks for sharing your brilliant photos with us.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:12Reply
    [#8856070] 2009-09-01 17:12:06 Left by michael elias (#0) Reply

    Hello Allan, As usual great picture, taken at the right time and the perfect location. Warm regards Michael (www.shipsinthespotlight.eu)
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:11Reply
    [#8852031] 2009-08-15 10:24:21 Left by (#0) Reply

    Hi Alan I just paid my first visit to your superb fotopic site, and your latest update from the river fal brought back some old memories.... As a young (ish) child some 10-15 years ago, I used to go to Cornwall once a year for 2 weeks at a time (staying at Trethem Mill Campsite, which is not far at all from the River Fal on the St Mawes side of the river). I used to always look forward to going on the King Harry ferry as I was always fasinated by the \'monster\' sized ships and tankers etc, that used to be \'resting\' on the Fal. Seeing your quite superb pictures, really did make me reminise for a few mins. It has been a number of years now since I have been down to the Fal, I notice that the ships all are \'stored\' on 1 side of the river only now a days, when I was younger they used to be on both sides. Anyway enough of me rabbiting on. I shall def be visiting your site again in future. Best Regards Ben Daniels
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:09Reply
    [#8848173] 2009-07-29 20:40:38 Left by C.Phillip (#0) Reply

    Good pictures. They are of interest to me, as my son was serving on board at the time, & so whilst the Belgium was in Liverpool on this particular visit, my family & I took the opportunity to have a look round the ship. It was very interesting, we met the Captain, who showed us round the bridge, explaining some of the key features & differences of this Ice Class ship. It has a fully enclosed, full width bridge, & ice breaking capability, for travelling up the St. Lawrence in winter. All the door seals are heated, as the temperature drops below -30c! This was the only occasion that the Belgium docked there during my son's time on it. It's usual route being; Southampton, Antwerp, Le Harve, Montreal & round again! Hope the info is of interest to you, Regards.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:08Reply
    [#8896902] 2010-02-18 19:30:43 Left by amr alaa el din (#0) Reply

    norma is the best boat all over the nail
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:07Reply
    [#8959644] 2010-11-24 22:00:24 Left by W v/d Heuvel (#0) Reply

    speciaal gaat mijn aandacht uit naar zware lading schepen in dit geval Big Lift en vooral omdat zij zulke zware kranen aan boord hebben.Dat is toch impossant als je ziet varen .Groetjes een Hollandse scheepvaart liefhebber.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:05Reply
    [#8800542] 2009-01-19 16:18:31 Left by dudley (#0) Reply

    Hello, \'Ships of the Mersey\' is a very interesting (and refreshing) website - you\'ve some excellent images in there. Well done! What length of lens do you typically tend to use for your ship shots? Best wishes, Dudley
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:04Reply
    [#8906711] 2010-04-01 10:10:05 Left by reg (#0) Reply

    Excellent picture of \'Goliath\' leaving Poole Alan, not bad for 50+ years, considering the hydroconic hull was considered an innovative design at the time. I take it the picture was taken in 2009 Regards Reg MSC retired.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:02Reply
    [#8815004] 2009-03-17 17:53:30 Left by Brian Stent (#0) Reply

    I worked in the shipyard that built loyal helper, richard dunston of Thorne, i was a marine engineer in the yard instaling the main engine and auxilary units,if you have any more photos i would like to see them.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 17:00Reply
    [#8659611] 2007-07-06 09:18:32 Left by Boatman on the Humber (#1162885) Reply

    A recent renaming this one (March 07).We had her to berth in Albert Dock at Hull in March named as the 'ELIDA',managed a few shots of her myself,not in as good a weather conditions though.See her at http://boatman.fotopic.net/c1225676.html Great pics as always Alan ;-)
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:58Reply
    [#8726163] 2008-03-16 19:01:19 Left by Marcel van Luik (#0) Reply

    Beautiful picture of this wonderful dutch built liner.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:57Reply
    [#8629440] 2007-04-05 20:11:40 Left by TERRY O'ROURKE (#0) Reply

    Hi Alan, Great site. I build working scale model tugs, and have almost compleated Ayton Cross. She should be on the water by the end of may. I have found some of your photos very usefull, for studying detail, in order to get the model as acurate as i can. Thanks again for a very interesting site. All the best, Terry.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:56Reply
    [#8621832] 2007-03-16 13:14:56 Left by Ronald (#0) Reply

    Best Photos ever. Really enjoy looking at them. Ronald' Chicopee,Mass. USA
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:54Reply
    [#8915475] 2010-05-10 12:26:56 Left by MJH (#0) Reply

    I work on that boat - it's amazing
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:53Reply
    [#8706380] 2007-12-30 16:47:50 Left by David J (#0) Reply

    She could never be described as a pretty ship, but this is a great photo !
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:52Reply
    [#8592837] 2006-12-28 21:49:28 Left by Marius Bisca (#0) Reply

    I'd work in this ship as second mate. She saved our souls many time. I love you SMERALDO
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:50Reply
    [#8784738] 2008-11-11 22:32:46 Left by Jaime Legarra Jr. (#0) Reply

    I can remember AYTON CROSS, between May-September 2006 in the refloating operations of the containership CP VALOUR, in Faial island ( Azores-Portugal) and his fantastic crew. Best Regards. Jaime Legarra Jr., former Captain Spanish tugboat REMO ( now RED DOLPHIN) chartered by Svitzer in the CP VALOUR operations. San Sebastian ( Basque country), Spain.
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:49Reply
    [#8873655] 2009-11-11 21:43:19 Left by Dave Brown (#1249556) Reply

    Another great photo - I like the way the ship has been highlighted against a dark background. - Dave from Brisbane
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:09Reply
    [#8755148] 2008-07-07 19:16:46 Left by Shaun Jones (#1197153) Reply

    A very nice set of photos of one of my old ships. Many thanks for posting. Shaun
  • Michael Elias - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:06Reply
    [#8868373] 2009-10-21 18:15:25 Left by michael elias (#0) Reply

    Alan, Great picture. Colors are stunning. warm regards Michael
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:04Reply
    Hi Alan Your photos of vessels on the MSC are superb. I worked for the Ship Canal Co at the Dock Office Salford from 1968 to 1971. My everlasting minds eye images are of ocean going ships almost reaching into Trafford Road and the RR Sentinel diesel locos going about their duties. I could go on and on but suffice to say it's great to see containers being carried again up to Irlam and what I perceive as a rennaissance of the canal. Incidentally on what could be regarded as a sombre note I have some video footage I filmed of the demolition of the two S and P Gantry Cranes formerly at the Manchester Liners No.9 Dock Container Terminal. Any way please keep up the excellent work in providing these pics of the Mersey and MSC Graham
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 16:00Reply
    I worked on the Yorkshire Belle when i was 17teen i have put scores of ship pictures in town hall in beverley last year.
  • pete - Wednesday 27 June 2012 15:59Reply
    [#8826754] 2009-05-03 16:08:32 Left by Pete Hopper (#0) Reply

    As a child in the last class of Minster Infants School, Beverley, before moving on to Spencer County primary School, I well remember the class being taken by
    our teacher, miss drury, to see a ship launched into the river Hull at Cook Welton and Gemmel's yard in Beverley. That ship was the Yorkshire Belle that sails out of Brid. to this day. What a sight as she went into the river broadside as all C. W. & G's ships did due to the limited width of the river.


  • Trevor Clements - Wednesday 27 June 2012 15:29Reply
    The inshore minesweeper is alongside Bolsons Quay at Poole, and it looks like as though there is a lager minesweeper on their slipway.When i find my Janes 1959 momentarily mislaid. i will identify it for you.I am a keen ship enthusiast having been an R/O IN THE EARLY 1960'sand have only just discovered your site.My son was apprenticed at Bolsons shipyard Poole from 1986 to 1990,sadly both are son and Bolsons are no more.Thw shipyard is now owned by Sunseekers.It closed almost as a result of the new larger ferry at Sandbanks. Our son was killed on the British Trent,1993
  • K Loomis - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:45Reply
    I was so happy to find a 2006 photo of Independent Action on your site. we sailed as passengers from Philadelphia to Antwerp in 2002 and i have no photographs.now of course it has changed its name and owner many times and we have no idea if it is even still in service.I would love to put this photo on my blog and website as a memory of that trip and other freighter voyages. would you allow this? artwithaneedle.blogspot.com kathleenloomis.com
  • John - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:37Reply
    Just came across this photo Alan:)nice to see the old girl looking well.spent a few years on her and the Arnet Robinson no 3,as well as the Sir Thomas Brocklebank no1(Alas both gone)Great Photos!
  • guest - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:34Reply
    My late grandfather Bill Haspell captained this ship.I spent many a trip on it as a wide-eyed young lad travelling on the river weaver and ship canal to and from Liverpool.He was a proud gentleman and i know this picture would bring a smile to his face.Thanks for displaying it.
  • Bill - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:30Reply
    Sailed on the SS Nevasa around the Mediterranean in the late 1972 when she was being used for school cruises
  • Tom Sheriff - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:28Reply
    A very interesting photograph capturing the spirit of this type of craft,brings back fond memories of over fifty years ago,a similar vessel owned by the PLA was a small steam grab dgrdger the "Tolverne", she was propeled by a two crank compound steam engine built by Plenty's of Newbury.I could spend a lot of time admiring thia shot and absorbing the wealthy of details it presents.
  • Bill - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:08Reply
    Went out to Hong Kong in 1956 in her.First troop ship to go round South Africa and into Durban instead of Suez.Great Trip
  • Ron - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:06Reply
    i have just stumbled across your site today and being an ex merchant seaman,(from the 1960's i might add) the pictures are brilliant
  • eddie byrne - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:02Reply
    hi alan thanks for them arklow ships
  • ally - Wednesday 27 June 2012 13:01Reply
    Beautiful photo of the Arklow Rose.Well done
  • Dave - Wednesday 27 June 2012 12:58Reply
    How could you not give a ten vote for this photo-it i brilliant,as is the whole site. Dave... Brisbane
  • Ken Barry - Wednesday 27 June 2012 12:56Reply
    Hi Alan, thats a really excellent site you have put together, I've just spent a couple of hours browsing it Regards Ken
  • John - Wednesday 27 June 2012 12:55Reply
    She looks in deep trouble..good lens work
  • guest - Friday 8 June 2012 16:52Reply
    lovely
  • ger - Friday 8 June 2012 16:51Reply
    very nice i love this ship and being on it 4 times nice pic
  • guest - Friday 8 June 2012 11:37Reply
    The new Peel Ports Manchester Ship Canal Container ship taking freight from Liverpool to Irlam and back to Liverpool
  • tadjio - Thursday 7 June 2012 23:34Reply
    some great shots there.
  • tadjio - Thursday 7 June 2012 23:33Reply
    nice lines
  • tadjio - Thursday 7 June 2012 23:31Reply
    ooh
  • tadjio - Thursday 7 June 2012 23:30Reply
    a traffic jam!
  • guest - Monday 4 June 2012 23:27Reply
    It never had a covered wheelhouse back in the 1950's and only a single brass horn.
  • guest - Tuesday 29 May 2012 22:04Reply
    Visited the Albert Dock and this vessel is looking lovely the history of her has gone under the radar
  • guest - Monday 21 May 2012 23:27Reply
    Lovely Photo
  • guest - Friday 18 May 2012 12:16Reply
    Two of the outstanding crew on Leander G
  • R Wright - Monday 14 May 2012 20:53Reply
    This ship together with lifeboats from Pwllheli and Porthdinllaen and the LPG carrier Monsoon was involved in the search for the Swanland which sank with tragic loss of six lives to the northwest of bardsey island in November 2011.
  • guest - Thursday 26 April 2012 02:04Reply
    Just crosed Cape Cod Canal!! 4-24-2012
  • Dan - Friday 13 April 2012 15:38Reply
    I used to go on Dorothy all the time travelling to Herm from Guernsey. I always wondered where the old girl ended up! Pleased to see she's still going strong.
  • ant - Tuesday 10 April 2012 22:34Reply
    seen it for years wish could see onbored
  • mersey - Sunday 1 April 2012 00:57Reply
    Ricky ...Thanks very much for the info
  • SSILB - Ricky - Friday 30 March 2012 01:08Reply
    This was B-553, Kirklees, Sandown & Shanklin Inshore Lifeboat (now know as Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat - to stop confusion with the RNLI) purchased her in 2000, she is now non active with SSILB and is awaiting to be sold.
  • guest - Wednesday 7 March 2012 15:21Reply
    nice
  • guest - Saturday 7 January 2012 12:01Reply
    nice
  • WC van den Heuvel Nederland - Sunday 25 December 2011 00:03Reply
    Dit is mijn Favoriete
  • mersey - Friday 2 December 2011 14:11Reply
    This is an excellant photograph, as an apprentice in the London Ship repair yards of Harland & Wolff, I worked on the vessels of the Port of London Authority, on tugs, dredgers, mud hoppers, salvage vessels and floating cranes, I remember the "London Mammoth" and the other floating cranes well, not enough attention is paid to these craft, a trully magnificent photograph. Tom Sheriff