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7th Gallery ~ Miscellaneous

This Gallery covers various happenings, events, special occasions and sightings of interest which have not been covered elsewhere.

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Medical evacuation by Rescue Helicopter 122, based at RAF Valley

The "Havelstern" was anchored in poor weather, off Anglesey, North Wales, while waiting to berth at Stanlow. The Bosun had suffered a stroke and Holyhead Coastguard organised the air lift to transport him to hospital.

December 1999

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"STS Stavros S. Niarchos".

The Sail Training Associations new square rigged brig will accomodate 48 trainees. Young people man the vessel, doing short cruises on board to encourage their personnal developement.

This photograph was awarded 2nd Prize in the Marine Society's year 2000 Seafarers Competition

April 2000

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Ship to Ship Transfer operations between two giants

"Umm Al Negeh" (left) discharging to "Al Rekkah"

June 1986

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The spare propeller on board "Al Rekkah"

Diameter = 32feet ( 9.75metres)

Weight = 64 tonnes

My son Lewis taking shelter underneath. His brother Gareth wishing he was somewhere warmer and the Electrician's daughter Arlene (or was it Victoria) wondering what all the fuss is about. My how they've grown!

Rotterdam, 1st January 1987

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The anchor cable and windlass on the "Bridgeton". They are BIG links!!

Mind the optical illusion here. We four, Khalid, Charles, a young me, and Nick are stood directly under the cable. The eye may think that the cable is much closer to the camera.

February 1988

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Inside a Cargo Tank on "Havelstern".

The tank is coated with a high build epoxy paint and all ladders and fittings are made of stainless steel.

The stainless steel tube and ball float is for remote ullaging and cargo temperature sensors.

Here the submerged hydraulic pump is being repaired. Stainless steel heating coils for cargo that has to be kept above ambient temperature.

March 2000

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1976 built Russian cargo ship, "Pioner Estoni", entering Antwerp docks.

May 2001

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"Rheinstern" Passing an Ice Edge.

Gulf of Finland - April 2001

This photograph attained second prize in the 2001 Annual Seafarers Competition organised by 'The Marine Society'.

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"Rheinstern" passing through 'Broken Ice'.

Gulf of Finland - April 2001

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Bumboats off Zamboanga, Philippines, trading sea shells and coral

One large Conch shell would be exchanged for a bottle of whisky.

Price of whisky, ex bond, at the time was about £0.60 or US$1.00

1975

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This was an orderly column of Japanese school children until I raised my camera to take their photograph.

Kobe 1975

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Decorating the Officers Smoke Room for Christmas.

The balloons were of poor quality an burst within minutes of being inflated

Rapid improvisation was called for...... hence the rather odd translucient balloons !!!!!!

"Umm Ruwaisat" 1985

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Oil Field Diving and Support Vessel

This is the "Stadive" Dynamically Positioned by its own engines and thrusters to stay alongside the Oil Production Platform "Brent C"

North Sea 1984

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Here the tug "Sandrah" tows her brood of Yokohama Fenders to the next Ship to Ship Transfer Operation.

Gulf of Oman 1987

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Idylic conditions in the Indian Ocean

"Al Samidoon" May 1996

This photograph attained first prize in the Annual Seafarers Competition organised by 'The Marine Society', and has been featured on the front cover of their quarterly magazine "The Seafarer".

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Lifting a deep well cargo pump for repair in drydock.

Only half of the pump stack is visible here.

"Arabiyah" , Malta - June 1993

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Radar Picture of Osaka Bay, Japan

All targets are ships lying at anchor and riding out a Typhoon. As a guide to distance the Circled Range is 12 nautical miles in diameter.

On board "Anco Sceptre" , 1974

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Periodic in water test of the Freefall Lifeboat

"Rheinstern" , Dunkirk - November 2001

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Lifting and connecting the floating cargo hoses at a SBM (Single Buoy Mooring)

The ship is secured to the buoy by two heavy duty ropes with chaffing chains attached.

"Al Samidoon" , 1996

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Ship Board Reunion

Captain Mike (Big Daddy) Fairclough came to visit me on the "Rheinstern" while loading at Stanlow, May 2002.

Big Daddy was the first Captain that I ever sailed under. My first trip to sea was on the "Athelking" back in 1970. Wheelhouse design and equipment has changed quite dramatically since then.

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Pilot Transfer. There are numerous systems in use for transfering pilots on and off ships, and range from dug out canoes to helicopters. Pictured here is the Maas Pilot Cutter with it's small boats, and the fast Elbe "Swath" Tender.

Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull

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The illusive Sky-Hook ~ perhaps!

Anchors (and cable) occaisionally fail or are lost! A new port anchor is delivered and fitted to the cable on "Rheinstern"

Europort, June 2002

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Tug-O-War

In normal circumstances and conditions a small vessel, like the "Linda Kosan" here, would berth without the assistance of tugs. However port regulations at Karstö, Norway, dictate that all vessels berth and unberth with two tugs assisting.

Karstö, July 2002

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The "Mathew", replica of John Cabot's ship of exploration. The Italian born explorer sailed from Bristol in 1497 to discover Newfoundland. The "Mathew" is seen here passing the piers of Avonmouth returning to its home port of Bristol.

Bristol Channel, May 2002

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Evening Sailing

Illuminated by the evening sun, the P & O ferry "Pride of Rotterdam" sailing from Rotterdam's Europort.

Europort , June 2002

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Mersey Sailing

The Dutch Registered asphalt tanker "Stella Rigel" passing the Liver Building.

Liverpool , August 2002

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Passing "Rheinstern's" younger sister "Travestern" at the western end of the North Sea Canal.

Ijmuiden , April 2003

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The super-yacht,"Pelorus" nearing completion at the Krögerwerft Shipyard on the Kiel Canal. In navy speak such vessels are referred to as 'Gin Palaces'.

If I had a wish list, this would be on it!

Pelorus was reputedly Hannibal's guide through the Alps, it is also a shipboard instrument used to take compass bearings.

"Kiel Canal" , January & February 2003

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Another 'Gin Palace' under construction at the same yard.

December, 2003

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Another Freefall Lifeboat Launch

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When this exercise was undertaken, the forward half of the ship was parked in an ice flow, while the stern was in clear open water.

" Rheinstern ", White Sea, April 2003

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Full speed turn through a Fish-Eye lens.

"Pioneer Sunshine", August 2004

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Wind Assisted Cruise Ship "Club Med 2"

"Pioneer Sunshine", August 2004

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Port Said Shopping

Local traders spread their rugs and other wares on the maindeck to sell to the crew.

"Pioneer Sunshine", Suez Canal, July 2004

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Carnival Line cruise ship "AIDAcara" turning in Grand Harbour, Malta

Valletta , February 2006

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View from the ship's wheel

'Sam Tiger' in bound to the Schouenbank anchorage in the Southern North Sea.

"Glen", November 2011

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The 'Xiang Yun Kou', a semi-submersible heavy lift carrier.

A strange looking vessel looks even more peculiar in low level fog.

Off Mississippi South West Pass, New Years Eve 2011

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