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Post 7249
  Sea News, Dover

Tall Ship Europa ... passing Dover.

"There once was a ship that put to sea
the name of the ship was Europa see..."

Apologies to Nathan Evans for the abbreviation on that one... if you havent heard his stunningly fab Sea Shanty (Wellerman) what are you waiting for?...its on Google etc etc

See also post below....

Thursday, 14 July 2022 - 07:32
Post 7248
  Sea News, Dover

Sailing Ship Europa

Europa: There we were...waiting patiently for Tall Sailing Ship Europa to get close to the Port lighthouse so we could create something of a 19th Century illusion...olde ship, olde lighthouse...and then, just as we went to press the camera button, right across the shot came the modern power boat ruining our fantasy illusion. It was a GRRRR moment I can tell you...however... we grew to like the picture and there it is... ( and we have other ones !)

Time of Picture: Monday 11th July 08.40

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 - 07:17
Post 7247
  Sea News, Dover

COVID: Our production was brought to an abrupt and astounding halt here early last week due to COVID. Yours truly...who has come through the entire pandemic without so much as a sneeze, was hit early last week out of the blue...wallop! And it was/is a heavy wallop. So it looks like this particular problem is rising reported by the BBC and others.

The pictures of the Dover Lifeboat above were taken about a month ago.
In port yesterday Sunday here were familiar cruise ships Carnival Pride and Spirit of Discovery... many passengers filtering through from the hotels etc so very good subsidiary business being created. Plus the good weather of course brings thousands to the waters we had a busy Dover Seafront.

Monday, 11 July 2022 - 06:08
Post 7246
  Sea News, Dover
The Spirit of Discovery was with us here in Dover again yesterday Sunday, there she is departing on a very colourful summery evening.... she was on a shortish 7 day trip from Hamburg-Dover doing the 'Riddle of the Sands' tour...fascinating stuff.... other recent pictures of Spirit now on Page 2 or earlier ones can be found via our Search Engine just above...

Monday, 4 July 2022 - 05:29
Post 7245
  Sea News, Dover
Another picture above of the Carnival Pride arriving in Dover on Friday morning early...very early...time just after 04.30...this pic taken a tad before the one in the post below.....

Saturday, 2 July 2022 - 18:14
Post 7244
  Sea News, Dover
The delightfully large Carnival Pride arrives with us once again. There she is just after entering the Port here yesterday morning Friday July 1 at 04.36...early shot for sure, we never sleep ! Will have more pix... she is on a 9 day round trip from Dover to the various popular destinations in Norway.

And below as promised another one of Saipem 7000 as she moves down the Channel. We understand there is a large windfarm development under way west France coast, we expect that's the destination...lots of heavy equipment moving down the Channel in recent days.... the visibility was poor below but we've tried to 'work it'
SAIPEM 7000 off Dover.

Saturday, 2 July 2022 - 06:58
Post 7243
  Sea News, Dover
As promised here we are with Saipem 7000. The first shot taken early (wednesday 8am approx) shows the huge magnificent pipe-laying beast to the east of the Port of Dover and making its way westward. In the foreground we have the Irish ferry ( Isle of Inishmore ) much closer to Port with the huge beast as shadow.

The second picture below was taken about an hour or so later and Saipem 7000 is this time to the west of Port... by accidental fluke we got the Royal Navy patrol boat HMS Express in the foreground. We didn't actually see it in the gloom...the pictures are boosted up, was much gloomier....spotted it later on computer.

An hour later HMS Express obliged by arriving nicely in Port to finish the session! you might expect..towing a dinghy...
HMS Express

We may manage another Saipem shot if any good...working on it !

The Magnificent Carnival Pride back in Port today....

Friday, 1 July 2022 - 07:19
Post 7242
  Sea News, Dover
P&O's Spirit of Britain and the Border Force Typhoon : A cynic might say we are looking at two ferries vessel ferrying regular passengers and the other alas ferrying unfortunate migrants yet again. The influx seems to have increased once more, after a lull, which was perhaps caused by the recent choppy conditions. The Border Force teams are working very hard...a thumbsup to them...
Border Force Typhoon

We will have pictures of the giant SAIPEM 7000 going down the channel yesterday...that's up next all being well but the pictures need work as the conditions were very very grey..... gloom gloom all is gloom...

Thursday, 30 June 2022 - 07:28
Post 7240
  Sea News, Dover
Jet Ski power....
Lots of exciting activities out on the water these days, as you would expect in high summer...these jet ski guys, photographed just a couple of days ago, are seen here powering out through the western harbour entrance with some grunt 'n' gusto...out into the open sea they go for some fine fun...

And below we see our familiar friend Maud arriving yesterday morning Monday June 27 through the eastern entrance at 08.15 approx. always a pleasure to see Maud. She set off again yesterday evening, we dont have finite details but usually going up the Irish Sea to Norway and beyond...
Hurtigruten's Maud

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 - 06:59
Post 7239
  Sea News, Dover
There we see the bulk carrier Interlink Quality pulling away from Dover...just outside the Port in fact...just after 6pm on the 24 June. She had been in Port for quite a while and we see her there setting out for Waterford in the Republic of Ireland, as the pilot returns to base here in Dover... pictures are a wee bit forced as visibility a bit poor, 'twas rather misty....the shot below from a few minutes earlier...

Monday, 27 June 2022 - 07:27
Post 7238
  Sea News, Dover

Pictures above, taken just a couple of days ago, show the exciting Dover Sea Safari rib returning to base after another riveting adventure out there in the Dover Straits. Lots of youngsters onboard there enjoying the thrill. We nearly missed with the second zoom shot there but it sort of adds to the excitiement...that's our story anyway...Smiley

Saturday, 25 June 2022 - 06:50
Post 7237
  Sea News, Dover
After a brief lull in migrant crossings, perhaps a Rwanda influenced pause, they seem to have kicked off again...above we have a very long range shot of the Border Force Hurricane on a rush back to Port here in Dover, pictured there with the ever present Varne Lightship behind...

Night shot of the harbour lights now, purposely leaving out the flashing Lighthouse this time which tends to overshadow...
we're fans of the lighthouse though just to be clear.
Night Falls: Harbour lights Port of Dover.

Friday, 24 June 2022 - 07:31
Post 7236
  Sea News, Dover
AIDAaura entering the Port of Dover on Tuesday June 21.. as a ferry approaches in the near distance..
AIDAaura is on a 14 day round trip from Hamburg...highlights being Rotterdam Dover Bilbao Brest Saint-Malo Honfleur plus .....nice run.. AIDAaura is the smaller AIDA cruise ship currently calling in with us here...

Thursday, 23 June 2022 - 07:19
Post 7235
  Sea News, Dover
Carnival Pride: The magnificent and large Carnival Pride moving away on Sunday evening, you can see the super ship moving towards the eastern exit there as some sunlight eventually came through later on Sunday.
Carnival Pride off there on a 12 day European run calling at the likes of Copenhagen, Kiel, Helsinki and of course much more...

Wednesday, 22 June 2022 - 05:43
Post 7234
  Sea News, Dover
More pictures now of the Jewel of the Seas as she moves away on Sunday evening. It was a bit of a grey oul day but as evening came it brightened up a tad. You can see her there above elegantly moving away under a sky that's attempting to be blue. Off to Norway and beyond we to embrace the chills of the Arctic Circle.
The magnificent Jewel of the Seas moving away from pier WD4 here in Dover on Sunday the right you can see the equally magnificent Carnival Pride..we will have another pic or two of that one to follow...

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 - 06:21
Post 7233
  Sea News, Dover
Two totally magnificent monster cruise ships in Port over the busy weekend ( Sunday) the foreground in the pic above you can see Jewel of the Seas and directly behind and not entirely visible you can just see the magnificent Carnival Pride...both previous visitors so we have pictures down the page or over. We will have more pix following...

Morning pic above, the one below later in the day... But...just look at the sheer scale of these magnificent monsters....look at the double decker bus dwarfed in the pic below... go compare!!Smiley

We will have more pix following soon...

Monday, 20 June 2022 - 06:48
Post 7232
  Sea News, Dover

Friday Morning Early: Pulling back the imaginary curtains in the 'observation tower' to begin another day and even at 06.30 am the first thing you see is the Dover Lifeboat powering back to base here in Dover with another full load of unfortunates...even at that hour! How the Lifeboat guys keep going I dont know...they must be..what's the correct English Usage here...yes, they must be 'knackered' !

Saturday, 18 June 2022 - 05:44
Post 7231
  Sea News, Dover

Obviously the big national story at the moment is the Rwanda/migrant situation so we decided to show more pictures from the manic day on terrible Tuesday this week when 444 migrants dangerously crossed the channel in small dinghies. As we mentioned yesterday, the various services here in Dover were in hectic mode all day...essentially rushing out to ferry the unfortunates in to shore...while elsewhere the infamous Rwanda bound Government leased jet failed to take off ( enormous expense!).

Top to bottom...
1. Border Force Vigilant with many migrants on top deck and in bow section
2. Returning Dover Lifeboat packed out
3. Border Force Typhoon again...wider shot
4. Dover Lifeboat on yet another run....

Thursday, 16 June 2022 - 06:41
Post 7230
  Sea News, Dover
The unholy Rwanda deterrent scheme, its unpopularity highlighted yesterday by the Nation's Bishops, is failing to deter anybody as yesterday Tuesday was a hectic/frantic day here in the Channel. We saw, without particularly spending all day watching, the Lifeboat go out and fetch large groups in at least twice and maybe more, Border Force cutter Vigilant bringing a large gathering in, Border Force Hurricane bringing a large group in, and Border Force Typhoon above bringing in a large group both on the bow as you can see here but also aboard the rear section...we have more pictures but do we need to use them? ....
A humane solution needs to be found as the Rwanda deterrent scheme isn't working...
ADDED: Newspapers are reporting that 'hundreds' crossed yesterday.

Night of the Full Moon.

Yes we have had a gorgeous moon over the channel on recent nights. The picture above there is a wee bit hazy and flat, ....but! we love a good moon... we took a series of pictures as P&O's Pride of Kent moved across the scene but in this one a very welcome bird flew into the picture and livened it up.. so naturally we picked this one.. its a simple point n shoot shot...

Viking Venus in Port again today...

Wednesday, 15 June 2022 - 06:32
Post 7229
  Sea News, Dover

That's the last of the tug spraying pix above there at least for the moment. This display was for the Sea Cloud Spirit departure but alas the picture was too dark and needed some work...and there we are. Twas a bit of a gloomy departure as mentioned before but hopefully pic okay now....
Also just to relocate the one below from top of page...

Tug Spraying Jubilee Celebration picture...relocated..

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 - 06:22
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