Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Felixstowe Port

My next port of call, if you will excuse the pun, was the container port of Felixstowe. We spent an hour or two in the port observation & visitor centre. This is a great place to wait for the ships to come and go. The port publishes expected arrivals and departure times on its website, it can be seen here. There is also a lot of activity out on the river with the pleasure & privately owned craft so keeping a careful eye out can bring a few unexpected shots. In the meantime you have all the facilities and a warm building to watch the river. I prefer to try and plan my visits at the top of the tide when there seems to be more activity.
This is a vessel departing the port
This is a vessel departing the port

Part of the the crane operator’s stairs 

Tug waiting to pick up the arriving ship

Tug moving to pick up the arriving ship

This is a vessel arriving at the port

This is a vessel arriving at the port
This is a vessel arriving at the port
The tugs go to work
Bringing her in

This is a vessel arriving at the port

© Lionel Callow 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Felixstowe Ferry

The weather was looking fine today so I decided to take a trip out to Felixstowe. Last time I visited this area I managed to fall off a sea wall and had to abandon the day. 

 © Lionel Callow 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Heybridge Basin

I started by taking a walk along the Chelmer & Blackwater Canal. The canal gates at Heybridge Basin are being repaired at the moment, I have taken a few shots of the work. 

Heybridge Basin Locks are under repair. Essex & Suffolk Water, in conjunction with Essex Waterways, are replacing the steel sea lock gate & upstream timber mitre gate at Heybridge Basin. The lock is at the end of Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, running from Chelmsford through to Heybridge Basin where it meets the Chelmer estuary and the sea. Full details can be found Here.

I first took photos of the boat the Ranger back in June 2012. I remember talking to the owner he told me that he had brought her down from Scotland with the intention of turning her into a houseboat. Sometime towards September 2015 she was involved with a fire which according to the local news papers has dashed the owner’s hopes. It is so sad to see this man’s dreams in ruins I hope he can find a way of resurrecting this project.

See my blogs dated 30th June 2012 (soon after she had arrived and was in tact) & 20th December 2015.

This boat called the Telegraph has been moored for sometime on the other side of the river next to Maldon I have taken a number of shots of her there & they can be seen in my earlier blogs. She is listed in the National Historic Ships UK as being a Boston Smack built 1906, trawler, available for excursions.

Lady of Avenel, whilst I was on my walk I met a young man working painting this craft, he is getting her ready for the coming season. He allowed me to go aboard and take a few shots. It would be great to take a trip sometime & get some shots of her under sail. He tells me that she will soon start her season by sailing to Scotland where she will be charted for sailing holidays in that part of the world.

From her website she is a 102ft Brigantine square rigger. With 12 guest berths, the Lady of Avenel provides an exciting platform for adventure sailing. The full details can be found here.

 I have also converted these shots into Black & White which I think is a bit more in keeping with this craft.

© Lionel Callow 2017