Solway Shipping    


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"WORKINGTON    "CEG Galaxy"  27th May

 SILLOTH        "Lisa"  30th  May   

A three night visit to Liverpool for a short break gave me a great opportunity to do some serious ship spotting, below are just a few of the vessels  photographed
General cargo ship CELTIC WARRIOR
The Dutch water injection dredger MAAS
Celebrity Cruises CELEBRITY APEX on the cruise terminal
The most interesting part of this ship was on the far side, the unique experience called  the "Magic Carpet" travels up and down the rails complete with a bar and comfortable seating.
JATULI an oil tanker discharging at the Tramere depot.
SONGA RUBY another oil tanker heading into the Manchester ship canal just as the rain started.
Another day another cruise ship this one NORWEDIAN DAWN
A long distantance shot of the MSC SANDY 111 entering the docks.
and finally the tug VB SANDON passing the world famous Liver Building en-route to the next job.
An unexpected visitor to Whitehaven Marina is an ex RNLI lifeboat but now with private owners EILEEN MAY.  Formerly a Severn class named MAURICE AND JOYCE HARDY, ops. number 17-01 she was built in 1991 as a trial vessel until 1998 and then used as a training vessel until 2004 when she was sold out of the fleet. She is based at Conwy, Wales
Pictured arriving at Workington is the Danish jack up barge WIND. For use on windfarms, the legs go down onto the seabed and the vessel raised clear of the water to allow works on the wind turbines. It is believed the barge is to receive a new replacement gearbox for a turbine on the nearby Robin Rigg farm.
It can be very difficult to judge size when looking at a ship but when it is near to something to compare with the size then becomes clear. The Port of Workington sandstone dock offices are dwarfed by the WIND.
 Pictured below in the davit launching crane, which is unique in the RNLI fleet, is relief lifeboat STELLA  AND HUMFREY BERKELEY, now in the relief fleet the boat was formerly on station at Leverburgh, Isle of Harris. The relief boat that was covering for Workington's own boat ERICS LEGEND 13-40 had to depart for a scheduled upgrade.
A short video of Zapadnyy docking at Silloth with a cargo of molasses,       "Zapadnyy"
A great way to pass some time is to read local author Ann Lingards extremely interesting account of what's involved piloting a ship up the Solway Firth to Silloth (including a report on "Zapadnyy")

A little over 100 years ago in May 1919 the Workington shipbuilding yard of R. Williamson and son completed the 115' long steam trawler "Thomas Currell" for Sanford of Auckland but just a few months later it was requisitioned by the Admiralty who intended it to be used for patrol and minesweeping duties as a Strath Class armed trawler.
A couple of years later in 1922 she was de-commissioned and returned to Sanford for fishing in New Zealand waters. However in 1939 she was requisitioned yet again, this time by the Royal New Zealand Navy,  as an armed trawler once more. In 1945 she was returned to Sanford to resume fishing duties.
At one point during this time she had been renamed "Enrico" for a short period.  It seems that she was a good reliable vessel because as late as 1968, for one reason or another, she was beached at Port Hutt, Chatham Island and left to her fate. Remarkably she still survives to this day and is a fine example of the workmanship of the Workington yard.       
It seems a shame that, what must be the last survivor of her type, is slowly but surely rusting away to obscurity.
My thanks to John Whitwell for his assistance.

Earlier this year an hydrographic survey was carried out around the Port of Workington using a small boat and drone, the results can be viewed here.  SURVEY
                                 To see more photo's of shipping in the Solway Firth don't forget to check   Cumbria Ship Photo's