Monday, 22 July 2024

Sea Pictures from Dover.

Sailing Ships just off Dover: Europa above and De Gallant below...

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Post 7324
  Sea News, Dover

Amadea - another one on a round trip from Bremerhaven..keep them coming. Yes a 14 day round trip calling at places like La Coruna, Bilbao, Santander ( no ..not the bank! although....) Bordeaux, Saint-Malo...sounds good. Delighted to see Amadea back in Dover.. She is assisted by stand-in tug Wulf7 in the early morning pic above...pictured on Wednesday earlier this week. She is due back in Bremerhaven today we understand.

Friday, 14 October 2022 - 06:52
Post 7323
  Sea News, Dover
This shot of the moon over the Port was taken just a few days before the 'Red Moon' pix below...
...all within the space of a few days ... the ever-magnificent moon..
And below, a wide pic of the cargo vessel Manisa Balu offloading steel we understand at the WD4 pier...we used a wide shot as this pic has the busy busy HMS Mersey in the background. You can see the naval ship turning there...constantly on a patrol between Dover and Folkestone...which must have a touch of the mind-numbing repetitiveness about it....

Thursday, 13 October 2022 - 08:45
Post 7322
  Sea News, Dover

....Twas The Night of the Red Moon...

Yes a striking red moon gently rose in the east on Sunday Night..... as you can see in the pictures below.. It took us by surprise and it was a stunning sight, so we hope the pictures go some way to doing the phenomenon justice. Completely natural pictures as we look across the Port here in Dover.
You can just see the horizon in the pictures, you can just make it out, and when the Moon began its rise it was very red indeed. As she rose of course the colour reverted to the normal pale yellow, which of course is an equally impressive sight...almost! Regular viewers will know we are fans of the moon as we have carried (zoomed-in) pictures before...which can be found in our pages ....

But, here we are...The Moon over the Port

The Red Moon rising at Dover

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 - 07:00
Post 7321
  Sea News, Dover
Some pictures of tug Wulf7 in action here. We have had Wulf7 with us before as a stand in tug when the others have gone for refit. This time tug Doughty is away for refit we understand. The pic above shows Wulf7 attending the Norwegian Dawn as she arrived very early a day or so ago. But of course, that's not the Norwegian Dawn pic we had planned to use previously (... just to clarify )...
Below, a shot of the Wulf from the day before....

Monday, 10 October 2022 - 07:09
Post 7320
  Sea News, Dover
Norwegian Dawn arriving here with us yesterday morning early...not long after our Dover dawn in fact...Smiley.. striking ship...we had another picture ready showing her full length but it was mysteriously mangled by Microsoft when we tried to make a minute extra adjustment....pic gone..

Sunday, 9 October 2022 - 07:59
Post 7319
  Sea News, Dover

Pic above there of the delightfully petite AIDAaura arriving with us here in Dover yesterday morning (Friday Oct 7) very early. It was actually quite dark but we brightened the picture up for easy reading as it were... time of shot..06.42.

She is on a 14 day round trip from Bremerhaven ...mostly Spain and France... Gijon, Bilbao, Saint Malo, Honfleur and so on...sounds very nice too. Hope they get good weather...

The magnificent Norwegian Dawn arrived here a short while ago as we speak...doesn't appear on yours truly's schedule but what the heck..nice to see it. Will have a pic hopefully in due course...

Saturday, 8 October 2022 - 07:57
Post 7318
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Mersey - just to add an extra one above there taken moments before the pic in the post below...
so of course, see also the post below.....

Friday, 7 October 2022 - 07:22
Post 7317
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Mersey again - this time pictured in the rough oul weather on Tuesday this week. It was probably a quieter day for them on Tuesday or indeed on even-rougher Wednesday, as it was unlikely small dinghies would risk the crossing in the conditions... anyway our worries are over as the newly-in-place politicians will fix it all....!!

Friday, 7 October 2022 - 06:58
Post 7316
  Sea News, Dover
Seamec Gallant left us here in Dover a few days ago after a very long stint here. She was delivering steel we understand and in considerable quantity. Although we didnt actually see Seamec Gallant leaving, we got these shots when she changed pier a short while back. Due to the busy nature of things here in Dover, cruise and cargo, Gallant needed to move several times...the pictures show her during one of these manoeuvrings...
Seamec Gallant

Wednesday, 5 October 2022 - 07:43
Post 7315
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Ranger and HMS Smiter on Channel Patrol

Two of the hard-working Royal Navy patrol vessels shown above there, picture taken a few days ago...late last week in fact. The one closest to us is HMS Ranger and the one further afield by a shortish margin is HMS Smiter....both towing dinghies as you can see. We used to assume the dinghies regularly being towed were from migrant incursions but...not sure lately as many, not all, have a remarkable similarity...they may well be the Royal Navy's own. Makes them ever ready for the inevitable we guess....

Monday, 3 October 2022 - 17:38
Post 7314
  Sea News, Dover
Balmoral moves away...
A few days ago we had a FRED OLSEN double whammy in Port...both Balmoral and Bolette delighted us with a visit. The pictures here show them at evening as they departed. They were in the Port all day as per the norm and when they left they played an in-family musical horn-greet with each other...
The top shot shows Balmoral making her way westward having just left us here in Dover.
Below we have Bolette just beginning her move out of the Port of Dover.
Bolette at Dover on Tuesday the 27th September. She is off on an exciting 15-day Mediterranean trip calling at top places like Cagliari and Naples...not bad at all !!

Balmoral also gone mad on Med and on a 28-day!..major destinations in Croatia, Greece, Spain.... not bad either..!!

Sunday, 2 October 2022 - 07:04
Post 7313
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Mersey

HMS Mersey: On Tuesday morning HMS Mersey took a break from endless patrolling and came into Port. The naval vessel was greeted by the tug and made her way slowly to the old cargo terminal at the eastern end of Port. Somewhat unusual ... so we are assuming there was a problem of sorts to sort. The naval vessel remained there for a number of hours...and then she seemed to go back on patrol, although we haven't seen her since in the immediate area....maybe the problem was worse than initially thought...
Time of first picture 09.35
The tug in supportive action is Dauntless.
(More pictures of HMS Mersey further down the page)

Thursday, 29 September 2022 - 07:18
Post 7312
  Sea News, Dover
Costa Fascinosa
The Fabulous Costa Fascinosa at twilight here in Dover.
Yes the sun had just gone down and the light was soft gentle and colourful...and just as we went to take a further picture Costa Fascinosa switched her lights on too...we hope we captured the moment.
She is currently on a one way eight-day trip...Kiel to Lisbon...calling at Copenhagen, Dover, Le Havre, etc
Picture taken Sunday Sept 25. ..alas the pic has gone a wee bit soft in transition...hmmm...
We're blaming the Twilight..ermm Zone...

Wednesday, 28 September 2022 - 07:57
Post 7310
  Sea News, Dover
Above we have....the Spirit of Discovery
Seabourn Ovation

The above cruise ships all visited Dover in the past week or has been an exciting time with yet more to come. The huge and magnificent Costa Fascinosa was also in Port yesterday Sunday along with, much more to come picture-wise...

Balmoral gone to Rouen and Honfleur, 4 days...very nice...
Seabourn Ovation on a long one.. 21 days of British Isles ..with Ireland France Denmark also added...
Spirit of Discovery on a 9 day round trip of the British Isles ...

Monday, 26 September 2022 - 15:31
Post 7309
  Sea News, Dover

Dover Lifeboat - Migrant Crises
The picture above was taken on Wednesday the 21st, and you can see above there the Dover Lifeboat packed with yet more migrants coming in. Media outlets this week are reporting that more than 30,000 have come so far this year... record breaking numbers indeed. It has been a frantic week, we've said that before, well okay, this week has been frantically frantic. Border Force powering in and out all day fully laden...vessels like BF Typhoon and BF Defender and indeed others carrying in large numbers, as did the Lifeboats again (there's a support Lifeboat too) and indeed presumably the Royal Navy who are also highly active.

Below.... well speak of the Royal Navy, the picture below isn't the best quality or indeed very sharp. We were focusing/waiting for the Lifeboat to turn into Port (as per pic above) and we got a shock when the Navy powered by at speed so close in the background. Yours truly jumped and the camera went off on its own...
HMS Express and Dover Lifeboat

Saturday, 24 September 2022 - 07:34
Post 7308
  Sea News, Dover
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines' Bolette beginning her move away from Cruise Terminal Two in the gentle sunlight here in Dover
Yes Bolette readying for departure on Wednesday evening (21st Sept), pilot boat in attendance there as you can see, and then away she on a six-day exciting, but perhaps chillier now, Nordic City Break...Copenhagen, Oslo etc etc ...

Friday, 23 September 2022 - 06:54
Post 7307
  Sea News, Dover
Disney Magic : Final shot of the Disney Magic above, for now, as we see her leaving us on Sunday evening at 18.30 or 6.30pm if you prefer...exiting above there through the western exit and as mentioned previously heading to New York with brief calls to France and Spain first .... of course before she left she gave us a rendition or two of "When you wish upon a star" and we wouldn't have it any other way.
And sure we cant resist including one more super colourful dawn arrival shot below from the very same morning as she gently moves stern-first into Cruise Terminal Two....see the sister pics in the post below....
Disney Magic

Wednesday, 21 September 2022 - 15:27
Post 7306
  Sea News, Dover
The Disney Magic arriving with us just after dawn on Sunday morning, as you can see it was a very colourful arrival under a dazzling sky, you might say .. in keeping with the colourful Disney tradition..... lots of very excited kidz in the hotels waiting to climb aboard... We believe she is on a one-way cruise to New York this time with brief calls in France and Spain en route...
It's Magic.... Yes the Disney Magic.

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 - 06:17
Post 7305
  Sea News, Dover
The picture...for The Queens funeral tomorrow Monday.

The image shows the flag flying today on Dover's Western Heights..well done to the guys there.
(See also todays earlier post below...)

Sunday, 18 September 2022 - 17:16
Post 7304
  Sea News, Dover
Viking Mars and THV Alert
Evening shot (Thursday 15th) shows Viking Mars leaving us in the background there as the ever-busy Trinity House Vessel Alert arrives here in Port...Viking Mars currently doing the Irish, Scottish run up the Irish Sea...with some Welsh and English added to the exciting mix.
We are still having many cruise visits, not possible to keep up with them all but we get most. Today just arrived...Disney Magic with us again.

Sunday, 18 September 2022 - 07:11
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