Thames Ship Society

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             2019 Programme              (Updated 31st January 2019) 

The provisional programme of events for 2019 is shown below.

Saturday 26th January 2019 - Winter Social at Dover.

Some 38 members met at the Dover Marina Hotel on the last Saturday of January for our regular Winter Social get together in almost Spring like weather with good views of shipping in the Channel.

There were plenty of ferry movements in and out of port, including a few Cypriot flagged P&O ferries. Long may these movements last uninterrupted by political events.

The new Dover Western Docks Revival (DWDR) development was now very noticeable outside the hotel. Most of the jetties appear to have been completed with the infrastructure now being put into place together with a new lock being built connecting the inner basin. It was thought that the reefer and general cargo complex could be open by the end of this year, so an incentive to return again in 2020.

The day took on its usual format with pre-lunch drinks, teas and/or coffees, before sitting down in the Chartwell Suite for the lunch, which was up to its normal very high standard. It was good to see Norman Smith from France and our old friend Andre van Hee who, although in his 90s, had come across from Belgium to join us the day.

After lunch, the tables and chairs were re-arranged to enable local resident Mike Jackson to give a slide show of vessels calling at Dover. These included the ferries, cruise ships, bunker tankers and the various craft involved with the building of the new cargo berths, plus a few coastal vessels that had arrived with various cargoes, also connected with the new works.

Mike also showed pictures of a couple of large cable laying vessels that were operating in the area repairing and inspecting the cables running along the seabed connecting the UK with France and Belgium - the only things that will be soon - Ed.

Of course, the tragic human cargo trying to cross the Channel has led to various military craft being stationed at Dover and Ramsgate and during the weekend, ‘HMS Enterprise’ was on standby in Folkestone Bay.

For those staying overnight, Sunday dawned relatively clear but cold following a rain storm. There was plenty of shipping observed in the Channel with the help of AIS.

Our thanks must go to Dave Smith and Stephen Marginson for organising the day, Mike for the slide show and to the staff of the Dover Marina Hotel who looked after us very well once again.

It is hoped to repeat the Winter Social on or around Saturday 28th January, 2020. Members will be informed as soon as the details have been ironed out via a circular due to be issued later this year.

Photos from our 2019 Winter Social.

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Photos and report by Ian Cochran.

Saturday 6th April 2019 - AGM in London (AGM commencing at 14:00)

This year, in a break with tradition, the AGM will be held at the Wetherspoons Public House, Ledger Building, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London.

We have a private room hired for the day from 10:00 for a committee meeting, followed by the AGM commencing at 14:00. This will give participants time before or after the AGM to explore Canary Wharf and the surrounding area.

The Ledger Building is located along West India Quay (the old North Dock) next to the Museum of London Docklands and near to the shopping malls in Canary Wharf.

The closest public transport stations are Westferry and West India Quay on the DLR (Docklands Light Railway) or Canary Wharf on the Jubilee Line.

There will be no charge to attend the AGM and participants will have the opportunity to purchase food and drink at the bar at reasonable prices.

Saturday 27th April 2019 - South West Ship Show

We are taking a table at the South West Ship Show. The ship show will take place at the BAWA Social Club, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL BS34 7RG from 10:00 to 15:30.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2018 Solent Cruise.

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UASC's AL MURABBA inbound in Southampton water for the container terminal.

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH at Portsmouth.

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Cruise ship MARINA bound for Oslo.

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The AZURA was the last of four cruise ships to depart.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 8th June 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Sunday 16th June 2019 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

The ‘Diane’ Rotterdam / Europoort / Maasvlakte cruise is always one of the highlights of the year for many people where it is possible to observe and photograph all types of ships in the Rotterdam, Europoort and Maasvlakte port complexes. This cruise will last for 10 hours (09:00 to 19:00). We will endeavour to cover as much of the Rotterdam and Europoort complexes as time permits. The intention is to sail as far upriver as the Waalhaven and downriver, covering Botlek Harbour, the Caland Canal, Europoort and Maasvlakte 2, however, the exact routing will be decided upon on the day by the Tour Leaders, in consultation with the vessel’s Captain, taking into consideration timings, tides, weather, etc.

Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel to and from Vlaardingen in order to join the cruise. There are many ways of travelling to and from Rotterdam / Vlaardingen without incurring too much expense, as long as the travel is booked well in advance to take advantage of cheap(er) tickets. For example, participants could catch the overnight Harwich / Hook of Holland ferry, returning the following night. Another route is by Eurostar from London, or Ebbsfleet, to Brussels from where there is a regular train service to Rotterdam; or by flying to Rotterdam, or Schiphol (Amsterdam) from where there is a direct train to Rotterdam leaving about every 20 minutes.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Photos from our June 2018 Diane Cruise.

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SEASPAN ZAMBEZI at Amazonehaven, Europoort.

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Heavy load carrier ZHEN HUA 24 with new cranes for Maasvlakte 2.

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GOLDEN ENDURER at the Grain Terminal on the Caland Canal.

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NISSOS SCHINOUSSA outbound in the Caland Canal.

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Russian pusher tug CONWENNA in the Lekhaven.

Photos by Ian Cochran.

Photos from our August 2018 Solent Cruise.

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BARZAN at the container terminal.

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Ro-ro ARROW in St Helen's Anchorage.

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The vehicle carrier THALATTA outward bound in Southampton Water.

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Fred Olsen's BRAEMAR departing for Eidfjord.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 13th July 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip will have something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board Solent and Wightline Cruises vessel Ali Cat. This will be our first time using this vessel which is faster than the Ocean Scene and will allow us to cover more areas in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent. The trip will last for six hours.

Ali Cat has an open deck area as well as large enclosed saloon with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble, Portsmouth Harbour, St Helen's Anchorage and the Solent and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships and cruise ships in Southampton, a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble, Naval vessels and ferries at Portsmouth and any vessels anchored in St. Helen's anchorage. The rotation will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

August 2019 - Summer Social at Harwich

We are intending to arrange a Summer social event, at Harwich. This will give participants the opportunity to view shipping in Harwich and Felixstowe. We are also investigating whether it is possible to arrange a cruise / boat trip as part of the event.

Date to be confirmed.

Photos from our June 2018 Solent Cruise.

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CMA CGM LA TRAVIATA at the container terminal.

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First of the outbound ships from Southampton was the DAEDALUS LEADER.

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INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS was the first cruise ship to depart.

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EVER DELIGHT was the final departure leaving for Le Havre.

Photos by Chirs Brooks

Saturday 14th September 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

26th - 30th September 2019 - Trip to Rendsburg

We are planning a trip to Rendsburg, Germany, on the banks of the Kiel Canal to view shipping in the Kiel Canal. As we have in the past, we will be staying at the ConventGarten Hotel, situated right on the banks of the canal. Members will be free to spend their time as they wish whilst at Rendsburg. Options are to simply relax on the banks of the canal watching and photographing the passing shipping, or travel further afield. Rail links to Hamburg and Kiel are available from the local railway station.

Flights will be to Hamburg airport with a coach transfer to the hotel.

More details will be made available in due course.

Photos from our April 2018 trip to Rendsburg

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Colourful Swedish tanker RAMONA passing early on the 27th April.

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Bulk carrier PORT BOTANY passes Northbound for Ventspils.

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SEA EXPLORER catches the early morning sunshine on 28th April.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 5th October 2019 - North West Ship Show

We are taking a table at the North West Ship Show. The ship show will take place at Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo, LIVERPOOL, L22 1RE from 10:00 to 15:30.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

Date confirmed.

Saturday 16th November 2019 - Southampton Ship Show

We are considering taking a table at the Ocean Liner Society's Southampton Ship Show. More details about the location of this show will be posted as soon as they are available.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

 

 

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