Solway Shipping    


The news and views of the latest events along the Solway Coast


WORKINGTON             "Lady Ariane"  11th Dec,   "Virginiadiep"  11th Dec. "Arklow Ruler"  13th Dec.


Fleetwood Lifeboat arriving at Workington on a dull wet day to be lifted out of the water for maintenance. The Shannon class "Kenneth James Pierpoint" 13-14 was met by the Workington boat, "Dorothy May White" 13-19, and escorted into the port and to the davit crane where it was safely hoisted out of the water. 

Moored in Whitehaven is "HJALMAR BJORGE" a luxury charter vessel owned by Oban based Northern Light Charters. Built in 1963 she was originally one of thirteen Norwegian rescue ships. The vessel specialises in cruising around the Hebridian Islands in the north west of Scotland and carries a maximum of 12 passengers.
An interesting map of the area showing where most of the ship movements are occurring. As vessels move around they transmit data information on their course, speed and other relevant information, this map shows the generated data acquired by, in different colours depending on movement density. Light purple is lots of vessels, green is a medium amount and dark blue the least amount of traffic, for example the purple line from the Mull of Galloway that passes the northern tip of the Isle of Man would likely be ferries from Belfast to Heysham and shipping going to Liverpool also note the colour from Workington to the Robin Rigg wind farm site which are the windfarm work boats movements.
Filming is underway for the new ITV drama series "The Bay" on Whitehaven marina's Lime Tongue. The drama is set in Morecambe Bay down the coast but after the recent filming of Coronation Street at the marina perhaps the producer's liked what they saw at Whitehaven.
A Look Back...After the transporting of criminals to Australia ended in 1868, a fleet of over 800 ships that had been used for the job were made redundant. About 164,000 people had been deported from when the practice had started in 1788. One of the ships used, "Louisa" had been built in Workington.     The redundant convict ship, "Success",pictured here in c1908 at Workington, visited various ports around the country as a tourist attraction, visitors could board and see the cells etc and have their picture taken for free...on a Sunday. It was originally built in 1840 in Burma for British owners to use to carry cargo between Britain and the East Indies but after quite a checkered life including being a prison ship,was bought by Australian entrepreneurs and fitted out to be convict ship museum complete with wax dummies of prisoners and all the associated torturing devices and chains etc. After a very successful tour of Australia she set sail for England where she continued touring for another 50 years before being refitted in Glasson dock in Lancashire and then departing for America in 1912.
The annual Maryport trawler race took place over the weekend in near perfect conditions. Leading the trawlers out to the start line was the Maryport Inshore Rescue boat.
Several boats came from the Isle of Man for the race. Two are pictured below.
"Free Spirit 11" from Peel
and "Ramsey Jak"
Maryport boats, "Our James"
...and, "Sincerity"
once all of the trawlers had left the Silloth Inshore Lifeboat and the Workington Lifeboat followed them out.

Local film maker Julia Parks has made an amazing short timelapse film of ships in the Solway Firth ports, watch it  here.

                                 To see more photo's of shipping in the Solway Firth don't forget to check   Cumbria Ship Photo's