January 1, 2016
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Photographed off coast of Malta, Feb. 22nd, 2014
MY FIRST SHIP:
The first ship photo I took!
Details can be found to the right, on this page.
A CLASSIC STEAMER:
Trondheim, September 26th, 1995
Details can be found to the right, lower down this page.
MERSEY, DECEMBER 2015
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
A new page has been added as a retrospective of ships photographed in Durban and Cape Town in April, 2013. Some very interesting ships are included. Enjoy!
This month's recent sightings includes photographs and details of ships seen along the Mersey during December. Of particular note was the arrival of the ATLANTIC STAR, the world's largest ever CONRO ship, on its maiden transatlantic voyage for ACL. It is a replacement for the recently scrapped ATLANTIC COMPANION and others of the G3 series will be similarly replaced as the new G4s are completed by the Chinese Shipyard at Shanghai. Several other ships of note arriving, departing or in port during the month can also be viewed at Mersey.
Above: ATLANTIC STAR resumes its maiden voyage destined for Halifax, Nova Scotia, after taking on cargo at the Royal Seaforth Dock. She arrived on the 26th of the month, was christened, then sailed for Canada on the 28th December when the above photo was taken. Details and more photos of the ATLANTIC STAR can be found at Mersey and recent sightings. (Click the photo to enlarge).
For the latest news relating to the eastern Canadian shipping scene and Halifax in particular, please refer to Mac MacKay's excellent ShipFax Blog and it's sister-blog "Tugfax" accessed from the left hand menu bar of ShipFax.
Added to this section is what appears to be the hull of newly constructed ship being towed in a westerly direction about 9 nm off Valletta on February 22nd, 2014 in hazy conditions. My guess is that it is a naval vessel, possibly an amphibious landing ship. Can anyone identify? Where was the hull built? Where is it being towed to for completion? To which class does it belong and for which Navy - assuming it is a warship?
MY FIRST SHIP PHOTO
The first photo I ever took was of the Dutch coaster, NEERLANDIA (see sidebar), with a pre-WWII Kodak Box Brownie. Results with this camera were less than impressive, but they began an interest in ship photography that has continued for more than 50 years. The coaster had arrived at Barrow on April 17, 1959, from Bordeaux with a cargo of wood pulp.
The NEERLANDIA was completed as the MATAR-N for N.V. Van Nievelt, Goudriaan & Co. of Rotterdam in January, 1949, by D. & J. Boot De Vooruitgang at Alphen aan den Rijn, Holland (yard no: 1192). Her ID number was 5248566 and she was a typical Dutch coaster of 400 gt (549 dwt) with a length (pp) of 47.3 m and a beam of 8.2 m; a single screw motorship with a speed of 9 knots. In 1952 she became the ASUNCION (same owners) and in 1955, the NEERLANDIA (owner: Kustv. Reed. ms "Neerlandia"; managers: Kamps Scheepvaart & Handel Marts N.V., Rotterdam), whom she served until 1970 when sold to H. A. Al-Sager, Kuwait, and renamed MAYMOONAH . Her end came when she sprang a leak in the engine room and foundered in the Gulf of Oman on May 6, 1982.
A CLASSIC STEAMER
While reading through an old issue of Sea Breezes, I came across a photograph and some details of what is the oldest steamship I have thus far managed to capture on film - the 1866-launched, ex Norwegian Hydrographic Survey Ship HANSTEEN. I took the photo shown on the sidebar on September 26th, 1995, when she was moored at a berth opposite the Trondheim ferry terminal. She started life as an iron-hulled, schooner-rigged steamer, having been completed for "Den Geografiske Opmaaling" by Nylands Vaerksted, Christiania (Oslo) - yard no: 11 - on the 22nd May, 1867. For those interested, a synopsis of her long and continuing career can be found at the excellent warsailors.com web site (entry by the name of D/S Haarek). As far as I can determine, she has a length of 102 feet and is 114, 131 or 166 (depending on source) gross tons. She is currently owned by Stiftelsen D/S Hansteen of Trondheim. Can anyone provide an update of her current status?
UPDATE: John Clark of Portishead recently saw and photographed the HANSTEEN under steam and looking fully restored in Trondheim harbour. He has kindly permitted me to post his photo. Many thanks, John.
Below is the list of pages that make up this site.
BARROW DOCKS (Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK) features photographs taken mostly between 1959 and 1964. Ships depicted include new buildings (Vickers Ltd), vessels laid-up or in the process of being broken-up (Thos. Ward's yard). Also included are a wide variety of merchant ships of every type and vintage, from tugs and dredgers to coasters, iron ore ships, general cargo vessels and tankers.
[Built by Vickers] [Selection of Vintage Ships] [Scandinavian Ore Ships] [British Owned Ore Ships]
[More Ore Ships] [Ships Laid-up]
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA This section contains a number of pages featuring photographs taken over the past 15 to 20 years of cargo ship traffic through the Port of Halifax and special events taking place on the harbour. This section is now mainly contained within the Photo Archive.[Halifax Shipping (General)] [Early Container Ships] [What Became of Them] [Blue Marlin - Big Lift] [Tall Ships 2004]
TRAVELS includes a selection of photographs taken when on holiday, working overseas, or just browsing about looking for ships. The travel pages can now be found within the archive.[Travels' Photos] [Holyhead & Mersey - Summer 2007] [Merseyside - Historic Ships]
Panama Canal Cruise - 2007: [Cruising from Florida to Panama] [Panama Canal Tugs] [Panama Canal Transit]
[Pacific Coast of US] [Pre-1960s Ships Seen on Cruise] [Vancouver]
Baltic Cruise - 2012:[Dover & at sea] [Copenhagen] [Warnemunde & Rostock] [Saint Petersburg] [Stockholm - Classic Ships] [Stockholm / Visby - Modern Ships] [Tallinn & Helsinki]. Pages to come: Seen at Sea.
PASSENGER SHIPS is a series of pages devoted to passenger ships of whatever variety and includes some golden oldies as well as sightings of floating apartment blocks visiting the Port of Halifax. [Classic Liners] [More Classic Liners] [Classic Ferries]
[2003 Halifax Cruise Season] [2004 Halifax Cruise Season] [2005 Halifax Cruise Season]
THE ARCHIVE (updated monthly) is a series of links to pages that have been posted as Recent Sightings in the past, dating back to 2007. It can be accessed at [Archive].[Featured Ships - December '06] [Featured Ships - November '05] [Featured Ships - July to September '05]
GOLDEN OLDIES includes mostly vintage ships photographed in B&W at Barrow, Liverpool and a few elsewhere.
[Featured Ships - March to June '05] [Shipping in Hull - 1960s]
_______________________________________[More about this Site]
MORE ABOUT ME AND THIS SITE
This site is a personal, regularly updated web log of ships photographed over a span of almost 57 years. In addition to the photographs displayed, I have added - wherever possible - details and a synopsis of the history of the ships featured. While every reasonable effort has been made to verify facts and to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, the author cannot accept responsibility for any errors that have inadvertently crept in.
All photographs shown on this site are copyright. If you wish to use them for inclusion in other sites or for commercial purposes, please send me an e-mail.
CONTACT: I can be reached at shippicsns AT gmail with a dot com added on the end. Hope this will stop the piles of spam I received at the other address!