Monday, 22 July 2024

Sea Pictures from Dover.

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

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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
Post 7228
  Sea News, Dover
Carnival Pride at Dover
Carnival Pride

Another busy tug spraying operation for another maiden voyage...this time we have the giant Carnival Pride. She is sooo long we could hardly fit her in our limited-width picture space! 963 ft long it says here and almost 90,000 tons...quite a ship. There she is moving away on Friday evening (June 10).. can you believe it, we still haven't caught up with all our tug spraying pictures... the tugs have been busy busy with all the spectacular salutations!
The ship is on a 9 day round trip from Dover to Norway, various destinations in Norway...lots of Fjords...

Sunday, 12 June 2022 - 05:58
Post 7227
  Sea News, Dover
More of the fabulous Sea Cloud Spirit, a closer shot above this time with once again the pilot boat powering alongside, and below the wider view as she was just setting off. You can see the tug spraying there too...both tugs were doing the necessary. Will aim for another tug spray pic but its quite dark and gloomy re the heavy cloud, not quite the idea....working on it though....
Sea Cloud Spirit.

Another impressive cruise ship in today...hopefully some pictures later... Carnival Pride.

Friday, 10 June 2022 - 07:39
Post 7226
  Sea News, Dover
Picture above there of the magnificent all-new three-master Sea Cloud Spirit leaving the Port here in Dover yesterday evening at 6.15pm. Unfortunately the weather was heavy and grey at the time which didnt help with the pictures but we soldiered on stoically and will have another couple to follow in due course. Its always the way isn't it, sunny just before, with sunshine again immediately after she disappeared.
The tugs were in full spray mode once again (they are certainly having a busy spray spell!) and gave her a grand send off...will have another spray picture....

AIDAaura below was with us on Tuesday.
AIDAaura on a 14 day trip from Hamburg mostly to France and Spain...Bilbao, Gijon, Brest, Saint Malo, Le Havre.... etc...

Thursday, 9 June 2022 - 05:49
Post 7225
  Sea News, Dover
Platinum Jubilee: Midday saturday June 4 and all our Dover ferries blasted their horns in a full joyful roar, a tremendous sound, a crescendo of jolly noise ...and of course dont forget the tugs, the tugs sprayed in fantastic but of course silent harmony. They were joined in the celebration by both the Lifeboat and the Pilot you can see in the pix ...
Jubilee Tug Spraying here in Dover.

Sunday, 5 June 2022 - 06:37
Post 7224
  Sea News, Dover
HMS Tyne just off Dover.

HMS TYNE: Following along from 2 posts ago you can see HMS TYNE above there moving off for another busy day in the Channel. Although much and many celebrations are taking place at the moment, the migrant crises situation still goes on out of the limelight....latest figures are suggesting 10,000 have crossed this year so far.

Saturday, 4 June 2022 - 06:30
Post 7223
  Sea News, Dover

The picture above, taken Thursday June 2 at 4.30 approx, shows the Pride of Canterbury working again. As you can see the ferry is fully loaded there with trucks aplenty having just returned from Calais. You can see her there gently moving stern first into Dover8 ....So all three of the available P&O ferries are now back in service...the Pride of Canterbury, the Pride of Kent, and the Spirit of Britain.

Friday, 3 June 2022 - 06:11
Post 7222
  Sea News, Dover

HMS Tyne paused just outside Port as familiar local fishing boat Maverick returns to base... from a couple of days ago...
Spirit of Discovery back in with us today...pictured further down page on her last visit just a few days ago ..

Thursday, 2 June 2022 - 06:07
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