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796  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / HMS WHIMBREL to return to the UK on: May 27, 2007, 03:18:55 pm
The 1200 ton Clyde built sloop HMS WHIMBREL is to return to the UK according to a British national newspaper.
She was built in 1943 and saw service in the Battle of the Atlantic, D-Day landings and Pacific. Sold to Egypt after the war, she became the TARIK and as such is still laid up there.
She is due to be returned, restored and displayed in Liverpool by the summer of 2008.

See photo of TARIK posted by Bunts.

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=342262

Bob
797  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: RFA Sir Percivale on: May 25, 2007, 01:05:07 pm
She's still at Marchwood today (25th May 2007). Just about make out her pennant number L3036.
Tried to get a photo but was a bit misty today, this is her on the 26th April 2007 in better weather.

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=420526

Regards
Bob
798  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Busy Time In Southampton for Liners on: April 24, 2007, 03:23:49 am
She is starboard side to pointing up the dock. Weather today was very misty, hopefully better tomorrow.

Cheers

Bob
799  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Busy Time In Southampton for Liners on: April 21, 2007, 12:42:56 pm
Any idea what French naval vessel and when's she sailing?

Bob
800  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Busy Time In Southampton for Liners on: April 20, 2007, 03:33:42 pm
Hi Steve,

Just been looking at the schedule myself because as luck has it, and plans don't change of course, I'm working nights in Southampton all next week so should be able to see all the cruise ship movements including the new Liberty of the Seas.

Cheers

Bob
801  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Value for money on: March 09, 2007, 06:54:50 pm
According to a British newspaper today, P&O Ferries PRIDE OF BILBAO on her usual route between Portsmouth and Bilbao in Northern Spain battled 100 mph winds and 25 foot waves in the Bay of Biscay. The crossing took 61 hours instead of the usual 35....

Now, thats value for money   :lol:
802  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Nordkapp aground in whalers bay, antarctic on: February 12, 2007, 07:46:53 pm
The NORDKAPP is due to visit London twice in April. The PLA site shows her (spelt NORDCAP ??) as arriving at 00:45 on the 13th and sailing at 12:00 on the 13th. Second visit arriving at 07:00 on the 20th and sailing at 17:45 on the 20th. Berthing both times at Tower Bridge Lower.

Bob
803  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Fortuny on: January 24, 2007, 08:13:38 pm
Lack of passengers could be down to cost. I did the Portsmouth Bilbao minicruise twice last year, I had intended the second time to be on FORTUNY but the web price was far more than P&O's PRIDE OF BILBAO.


Regards

Bob
804  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mollendo on: September 12, 2006, 06:47:38 pm
Sorry it's going up hill, the tide must have been going out at the time  :-D
Either that or the G&T's were starting to take effect....  :-)
805  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / DSEI 2007 on: September 10, 2006, 05:47:46 pm
Looking ahead a whole year, the Defence Systems & Equipment International exhibition (DSEI) is taking place at ExCel in London between the 11th & 14th September 2007.
8 warships are expected.

Put it in your diary.

Information can be found on their website
www.dsei.co.uk

Bob
806  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mollendo on: September 10, 2006, 04:20:15 pm
I've uploaded PARINAS here

http://www.shipspotting.com/modules/myalbum/photo.php?lid=286275

Bob
807  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Mollendo on: September 08, 2006, 05:32:00 pm
Hi Phil,

Can't remember the MOLLENDO but I have a photo of the Peruvuan PARINAS taken at Purfleet, I havent dated the photo so it would possibly be from about the same time. Was there some sort of exercise going on I wonder.

Bob
808  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Felixstowe tugs on: August 22, 2006, 06:53:39 pm
I'm told that the Dutch tug ADA-D arrived at felixstowe today and went into the dock basin. She is operated by Smit.

Bob
809  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Cranes bound for Felixstowe on: August 19, 2006, 05:34:53 pm
ZHEN HUA 1 sailed at 11:29 on the 17/08/06. Arrived from Shanhai and sail for Valletta.
I believe that ZHEN HUA 5 is also around as well.

Bob
810  Shipspotters all over the world / Trip reports / Pride of Bilbao on: August 10, 2006, 06:07:47 pm
TRIP REPORT
 
Ship: PRIDE OF BILBAO
Company: P&O Ferries
Route: Portsmouth - Bilbao - Portsmouth
 
Apart from the International ferry business and small commercial berths, Portsmouth is primarily a naval base. As luck has it, the ferry terminal is situated at the far end of the naval base so the ferries offer an un-obstructive view of all naval vessels on the outer berths and a good view of the inner berths on their inward and outward passages through the harbour. Also, there are good views of the preserved ships VICTORY and WARRIOR as well as the local ferries serving the Isle of Wight.
 
The ferry terminal traffic probably accounts for the majority of harbour movements throughout the day. The terminal supports services to a number of French ports, the Channel Islands as well as two routes to Spain (three in the winter season). Besides P&O, Brittany Ferries, Condor Ferries, LD Ferries & Acciona operate from the terminal.
 
P&O offer four day three night mini cruises from Portsmouth to Bilbao and back sailing at 21:15 from Portsmouth arriving at Bilbao before 08:00 local time on the third day. Sailing again at 13:15 local time and arriving back at Portsmouth at around 17:00 on the forth day.

I did this trip during the summer so when we sailed the sun was beginning to set but there was enough light to see the naval vessels along the berths, these included operational vessels and a number of decommissioned vessels as well as the new HMS CLYDE that had recently been launched at Vosper Thornycrofts Portsmouth yard. The harbour was busy as we sailed with BRETAGNE (Brittany Ferries) preceding us out of harbour and MONT ST MICHEL & CHERBOURG EXPRESS (both Brittany Ferries) inward bound with NORMAN SPIRIT (LD Ferries) following close behind them.
 
The second day was spent at sea transiting the English Channel and the northern Bay of Biscay, not a lot to see shipwise but plenty of dolphins close in to the ship, it was time to relax and take in the ship.
 
The third day we were woken with an early morning call for breakfast as we approached Bilbao, passing the small anchorage and outer oil/gas berths just inside the sea wall. By 08:00, we were secure alongside our berth and preparing to disembark. Adjacent to the ferry terminal is the ship building yard of Astillelos Zamacona SA who specialise in tug building, any vessel on the slip or already launched are easily photographed from both the ferry or outside roads. After disembarkation, follow the path/road to the left, this will bring you round the marina to the river. From here, you can view all movements, stroll up river to the transport bridge and you will find the tug berths just beyond.
Once back aboard and you sail, excellent views of the commercial docks are passed, as you proceed outward, the container terminal (feeder ships) and the oil/gas berths are passed although probably to distant for any good photography then its out into the Bay of Biscay for the rest of the day.

The last day finds you passing up the English Channel joining the traffic separation scheme at about midday, as the PRIDE OF BILBAO is faster than other shipping a few vessels are overtaken before turning north to cross the channel towards Portsmouth. Approaching the Nab Tower to the east of the Isle of Wight, there are normally a few large vessels in the anchorage, turning into the Solent any movements can be seen as are any vessels in the St Helens small ship anchorage. Arriving back in Portsmouth, as mentioned earlier, a full view of the naval base is passed.

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Built as OLYMPIA for Viking Line, renamed PRIDE OF BILBAO 1993.
Built 1986
37583 grt
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