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5th Gallery ~ Places

This Picture Gallery includes ships in unusual or interesting settings and some of my favourite photographs that were taken ashore.

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The "Havelstern" proceeding up the Manchester Ship Canal to load at Stanlow. It didn't touch the banks! March 2000

The "Rheinstern" outward bound from Stanlow and approaching Eastham Lock into the River Mersey. November 2001

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This one is for Captain Greg Leigh who was my Pilot for the Welland Transit.

The "Havelstern" approching Lock 7, while down-bound on the Welland Canal.

April 2000

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"Rheinstern" waiting in the sidings at a Red Traffic Light in the Kiel Kanal,

( July 2000 )

and oops, why are we're on the wrong side!!!!

December 2003

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The "Anco Empress" entering the Gatun Locks, Panama Canal, in 1972.

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"Umm Ruwaisat" transiting the Suez Canal in 1985.

On a clear day, in the long straight sections of the canal, it is possible to visually detect the curvature of the world

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"Rheinstern" transiting the Noordzeekanaal which links Amsterdam to the North Sea, at the port of Ijmuiden.

August 2002
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"Rheinstern" alongside in St. Petersburg. February 2002

The harbour is packed with broken ice giving the beach-like appearance in this picture.

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Tenerife under a blanket of early morning cloud.

January 2000

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Dredging the berths on the River Garonne near Bordeaux.

Ambes

September 2000

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Singapore, the 'Merlion' and part of the old city dwarfed by the new high rise buildings behind.

April 1992

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Busy scene at a riverside jetty in Calabar Nigeria. A lot of derelict on the water margins through this once busy port. The battered twin hulled craft transpired to be a local coastal ferry.

February 2000

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Sun down at Valletta, Malta. As viewed from within the dry-dock at Grand Harbour

June 1993

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Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta.

The old wharehouses built in the days of sail are dwarfed by the massive defensive ramparts built by the Knights of St. John

February 2006

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Entering port, Willemstad, Curacao {Netherland Antilles}

Here tankers pass through the city centre to enter the lagoon

1970

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Night transit in the Kiel Canal. This vessel has just locked in at Holtenau.

Taken from the bridge of Rheinstern October 2001

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In the Polish city of Gdansk

This photograph, taken in poor light at the end of the day, does not do justice to the beautifully decorated façades to these buildings. October 2001

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Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg. The busy main road through the city. The long legs and tall lamppost didn't quite make the frame!

St. Petersburgh July 2002

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I have merged two photographs here to attempt to capture the interior of this splendid Srylancan Temple

Colombo December 1996

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Ships Graveyard.

Delivering a ship to breakers at Bangladesh.

Chittagong January 1997

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Night time horizon from a typical tanker berth.

Antwerp April 2001

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Rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Here Lions Head and Table Mountain are viewed from the Southwest.

"Al Samidoon" June 1996

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Perhaps the most ridiculous berth in the world. Originally designed, but never used as, a coal loading berth in Cardiff. I have awarded this the acronym, SPCB, 'Single Point Contact Berth'

Imagine what may happen in a strong wind!

May 2002

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Gibraltar

The isthmus from the Spanish mainland rises sharply to the 427 m (1400 ft) limestone Rock of Gibraltar. It was captured from the Spanish in 1704 by the British and ceded by the Treaty of Utrecht (1713).

Gibraltar, the imposing north side of the rock.

The sheer east face

In a flash this young Barbary Ape was through the window of the car to scrounge for food, or to see what he could steal.

This old boy has seen it all and done it all, happy to just sit back and let the youngsters romp around.

Gibraltar, October 2006

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Venice

The first picture is taken from the approach channel to the south of Venice. A crystal clear morning with the Alps vissible at some 200 kilometers distance.

 

Picture postcard view of the Grand Canal.

 

Not on the postcard stands - domesticity on one of the "back street" waterways.

 

Hasten to point that the gondola on the Photo Challenge Page is NOT in Venice, these are.

 

Venice, December 2006

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Istanbul

Rumelihisari (Rumeli Fortress)

The Rumeli Fortress at Istanbul taken while transiting the Bosphorus at night

Bosphorus, December 2006

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Tuktoyaktuk

I flew to Tuktoyaktuk to assist with discharge operations on board the 'Seychelles Progress', and had the opportunity to look around this remote northern settlement. The most northern on the mainland of Canada.

Approaching Tuktoyaktuk by air over the barren tundra landscape.

Tuktoyaktuk pingo from the air, that's the hillock under the wing of the plane. The Tuktoyaktuk penninsula is famous for it's many pingos which are cones of ice covered with tundra type vegetation.

 

The Tuktoyaktuk James Gruben Airport.

 

The welcome sign on the airport road.

 

Preserved Inuvialuit dwelling of 'Sod and Timber'. These old family dwellings have storerooms excavated underneath to 30 feet depth into the permafrost.

 

Old missionary vessel, "Our Lady of the Lourdes", which used to ply between the northern communities.

 

The local radio station 'CFCT Radio Tuktoyaktuk'

 

At the northern end of Tuktoyaktuk is this monument marking the northwest end of the Trans Canadian Trail.

 

Tuktoyaktuk, September 2008

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Tuktoyaktuk

Just over two weeks after the above photographs were taken winter had started in earnest at Tuktoyaktuk. The top picture here is of the same pingo as above now covered with snow.  

The airport building after the first of the winter snow.

 

The return flight from Tuktoyaktuk to Inuik was somewhat different to the inward flight, 18 days earlier.

Tuktoyaktuk, early October 2008

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Buenos Aires

Like many old dockside areas around the world, the old city docks at Buenos Aires have undergone rejuvination with modern architecture blending in with the old warehouses, while creating a wonderful public area to live and relax.

This area is known as Puerto Madero has been turned into wide, modern and colorful shopping area with movie theaters, restaurants, five star hotels, and top of the line office buildings.

Buenos Aires, November 2008

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Passing the Sugar Loaf Mountain while sailing from Rio de Janeiro. The cloud was too low to see the famous statue of 'Christ the Redeemer'.

Rio de Janeiro, November 2008

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Approaching the port of Lake Charles, Louisiana, the ship passes the casino and hotel resort complex of L'Auberge du Lac. The actual casino part itself, to comply with local laws, is a single-level riverboat floating on water.

Lake Charles, February 2009

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