499 – Sarsia Revisited

After my first visit to see Sarsia, I had an idea – what would the scene look like using a long exposure? For that I’d need a cloudy, dry weekend day, which as the summer progressed were annoyingly infrequent, however a careful eye on the weather showed one to be upcoming. I was quite happy…

#497 – Sarsia – Birkenhead Docks

Following my visit to look at Cammell Laird, I made the short trip to Birkenhead’s East Float Dock to see the partially submerged RV Sarsia wreck. Histories of the ship on the internet differ, but the one here seems quite comprehensive, so I’ve joined that up with information from other sources to get a bit…

#495 – Cammell Laird 2

Is there anything more symbolic of shipbuilding than the cranes? In years past, these giant structures towered over the yards and the surrounding landscape like the chimneys of the textile towns. For miles, these huge cranes lined the banks of the Tyne and the Clyde, helping construct thousands of ships. While the Mersey is an…

#494 – Cammell Lairds 1

As I stood on the Birkenhead Priory tower overlooking the yard the 10.55 hooter, followed by one at 11, I presume signifying a tea break. I remember my own time spent working in a huge factory where our day was dictated by the rhythm of the hooter. 7.30 hooter – pick up the tools and…

#489 Forton Lake Wrecks

I was down in Fareham, near Portsmouth, visiting a factory as part of my day job and had a few hours to kill. A hazy memory of some sort of abandoned wrecks came to mind and a few minutes internet searching led me to Gosport, about 20 minutes away from my hotel. Although I had…

#476 – Telamon (Temple Hall) Shipwreck, Lanzarote 3

Last look at the Telamon, with a few in monochrome. I’d taken my ND filters to try some long exposures, as the weather forecast was for cloud. However it was a trifle windy and by the time I got there, the clouds had cleared but the wind hadn’t dropped, which didn’t make for ideal conditions…

#474 – Telamon (Temple Hall) Shipwreck, Lanzarote 1

Having recently photographed Merger at Glasson Dock, I was pleased to discover that just down the road from our holiday hotel in Lanzarote was the wreck of the Telamon. Given that there’s a limit to how much sitting by the pool I can tolerate (about an hour), I left my wife and daughter for an…

#410 – Library of Congress Images – Mackinac Dock

More steamers! This is a join up of two images to create a small panorama. It’s a bit distorted as the photographer perhaps didn’t reposition his camera too well between frames, but that’s always a problem if you’re photographing things close to the camera. I’ve had to crop quite a bit off the top and…

#409 – Library of Congess Images – SS Majestic Outward Bound

The SS Majestic was launched in 1889 and so was maybe 12-15 years old when this photograph was taken. She held the Blue Riband for a brief 2 weeks in 1891 with an average speed of 20.1 knots. She was taken out of service in 1912, replaced by Titanic. She was placed in reserve in Birkenhead,…