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« Reply #15 on: October 07, 2008, 02:12:34 am »

"night time photography of a ship moving is never going to happen (unfortunately)."

Not entirely true!! Wink

I was hoping to make her leaving the Forth but might end up driving down to the Tyne instead! Get some night time shots Wink

I HAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HER before she is made into a fancy retail space.. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2008, 07:18:30 am »

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"night time photography of a ship moving is never going to happen (unfortunately)."

Not entirely true!! Wink

I was hoping to make her leaving the Forth but might end up driving down to the Tyne instead! Get some night time shots Wink

I HAVE TO PHOTOGRAPH HER before she is made into a fancy retail space.. Smiley


Hi Bruce

If you need any tips as to good vantage points on the Tyne just shout.

So if someone could post a link to a ship travelling at 6-8 knots in the pitch dark, then i will be well impressed  :lol:

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« Reply #17 on: October 07, 2008, 10:23:44 am »

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http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=232089000


Hi Brian

I see her latest EST for arrival is 03.59 - I certainly won't be getting up at that time in the morning  :-o

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« Reply #18 on: October 07, 2008, 05:42:25 pm »

QE2 is just starting to leave the Firth of Forth now:-

http://www.cunard.co.uk/bridgecam/qe2_cam1.asp

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http://www.shipais.com/currentmap.php?refresh=2&count=1&map=Leith
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« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2008, 06:10:43 pm »

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I see her AIS is showing an ETA in the Port of Tyne at 07.00 - fingers crossed for that being the time rather than 03.59!

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« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2008, 07:58:27 pm »

Hi All

Confirmed as a 07.00 arrival at the Tyne Piers (FIRM) - a little birdie tells me that a decision will then be made between the Ships Captain and the Tyne Pilot as to whether the conditions are right for an entry - has to be more or less 'perfect' so that there are no embarrassing accidents   :-o
Not sure if there will be enough light at 07.00 for any decent photographs - time will tell, fingers crossed and all of that sort of things.

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« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2008, 08:26:05 pm »

Hi Steve , the forcast looks a bit iffy , 33 mph gust forcast at 0700:-

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ne/tynemouth_forecast_weather.html
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« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2008, 09:12:39 pm »

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Hi Steve , the forcast looks a bit iffy , 33 mph gust forcast at 0700:-

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/ne/tynemouth_forecast_weather.html


Hi Brian

Well that doesn't bode well for a 07.00 Piers In - my monies on mid morning, if at all  :-o

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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2008, 09:33:11 pm »

I booked online to go out on a boat tour to get a close look at QE2 on the Forth and left work in Glenrothes early to get to South Queensferry on time.  Events conspired against me and my trip turned out like the plot from the John Cleese film ‘Clockwise’.  

Here’s the story.  The first setback was an accident on the Forth Bridge that led to a two mile tailback.  The boat trip departed at 4.30 and I was stationary in traffic at Inverkeithing at 4.03.  Things did get moving and incredibly I was over the bridge at 4.10.  The next error of judgement was driving through South Queensferry itself.  Anyone who knows the town will be aware that the streets are incredibly narrow.  I managed to get through the town by 4.17 only to find that there were no parking spaces.  I parked up the hill beyond the rail bridge and sprinted down to the pier arriving there at 4.25.  

Now here’s the funny bit!  There was no sign of the boat I had booked to sail on (the Forth Belle)!  Panic was setting in and I looked at the firms poster on the pier which confirmed that there was indeed a sailing to the QE2 at 4.30.  Closer examination of the blurb however advised that the boat would leave from North and not South Queensferry!  This meant that I had rushed from work when I could have had a leisurely drive to North Queensferry (I live in West Fife!).  

The lady in the Maid of the Forth office (another boat tour operator) confirmed that all places on the remaining trips had been booked.  I explained to her my faux pas and on learning that I was on my tod she told me that she had been keeping a place back for a chap who was going out on the firms other vessel an inflatable high speed launch.  She had promised to hold back his place until 4.30 but he hadn’t showed up.  As by this time it was 4.32 yours truly got to buy his ticket and despite the weather I had a great trip to see QE2 at close quarters.

I hope that this story gives everyone a smile and that everyone on Tyneside has a good day tomorrow and the weather is kind to you.    
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« Reply #24 on: October 08, 2008, 05:25:58 am »

Hi Billy

I'll bet that had your heart thumping and a bead of sweat on your brow  :-o

As at the time of writing (06.20) the QE2 is off the Tyne, wind doesn't seem to be too bad but its still pitch black outside.

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« Reply #25 on: October 08, 2008, 06:18:58 am »

Hi All

Piers in at 07.17.

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« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2008, 09:45:43 am »

Hi Billy

A good story.  Nothing worse than when everything seems to be going against you. The thing is you can now tell the story to your family fpor a long time to come.
 Glad everything worked out well in the end.

I've just been to see QE2 in the Tyne.  She looks good.  Reminds me when my wife and I sailed on her to New York.  We shall have to see her leave this evening
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regards Glencairn :-) :pint:
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« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2008, 05:22:03 pm »

hi everyone going to see QE2 tonight anyone no the best place to be as coming from co.durham any help would be nice you can email me aswell at JEDDUNN@AOL.COM and is anyone else going to see thanks john
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« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2008, 10:04:23 pm »

What a good turn out tonight to see the QE2 leave , from were I was there must have been a few thousand people out tonight. It was a good ending to what was a very busy day for the Tyne, I think there was about 27 movements in total , which might not seem a lot but when the average on the Tyne is about 12 moveents a day it was quite busy.

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PS cant wait to see some night shots , thou I did not bother myself:)
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« Reply #29 on: October 08, 2008, 11:55:07 pm »

I was down by the compound where Northern Producer is moored and by the Customs House. I was really surprised how the weather was for her visit.

I really wanted to get up there to see her come in this morning, but would of also liked to have seen her depart for the last time.

While at work this afternoon, I was chatting to one of the passengers who has enjoyed the cruise and is looking forward to the rest of the trip. I did ask him if he could ask the Captain, if he could delay till day light QE2's passage by Hartlepool and bring her close in. We both knew what the answer would of been.   :lol:  :lol:

Im just downloading my pics from today.
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