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Offline David baird

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Southampton docks
« on: February 18, 2013, 03:20:51 PM »
  I am going to Southampton in april  and will take a trip to see the cruise ships and container ships, I want info regards what train station is the closest also how to get to a good viewing area  , thanks  Dave.

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Re: Southampton docks
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 04:17:19 PM »
Hi David, the closest railway station is Southampton Central and from there you can get a free bus down to Town Quay, which is a decent vantage point (although a fence on the southern end makes it difficult to photograph ships coming in). From Town Quay you can get a ferry across to Hythe which gives a good opportunity for photographing anything in berths 38, 39 and 40 plus any ships in the Ocean Cruise terminal. Hythe Marina, the pier and Shore Road are good vantage points for stuff leaving and entering the docks, respectively, these are best after late morning. Back on the Southampton side, Mayflower Park is also a good spot and if there is a cruise ship in berth 101 then you'll get great shots, especially if they've put her in port side to, so the bow is facing you.

If you have time and the weather's good, then the Red Funnel vehicle ferry to East Cowes (crossing time of 55 minutes each way, foot passenger day return is 15.30 from Southampton) is great for anything on the move, plus the tankers at Fawley.

I hope this is of some use.
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Re: Southampton docks
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 09:38:38 AM »
very usefull  thank you I will be visiting on 16 april  I have 5 hours spare ,hope the weather will be fine .
« Last Edit: February 19, 2013, 09:44:31 AM by David baird »

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Re: Southampton docks
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 10:11:06 AM »
Hi David

For info on ship movements see http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/Live_Information/Shipping_Movements_and_Cruise_Ship_Schedule/Planned_Movements/
Normally gives a few days forecast but time are not always that accurate.

Only one cruise ship scheduled for 16th April, P&O's AZURA sailing from Ocean Terminal at 16.30

Enjoy your trip

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Bob

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Re: Southampton docks
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 08:44:11 PM »
The Southampton Branch of the World Ship Society has some information on locations, too: http://www.sotonwss.org.uk/page9.html

And, if I may post it, on my own site I've included a page of photography positions: http://www.ship-photo.com/locations/locations-southampton-and-portsmouth/
« Last Edit: February 20, 2013, 08:46:32 PM by Faith »

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Re: Southampton docks
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 10:23:54 PM »
An additional piece of info re Robert Smith's reply and the VTS shipping timetable. The times for tanker arrivals at BP Jetty and Exxon Fawley are timed at the Hook Buoy (Calshot). Times re Southampton Docks are alongside berth times.
If you can plan ahead there are a number of days in 2013 when 5 cruise ships are leaving at 16.30. Scroll down the dates.  http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/Live_Information/Shipping_Movements_and_Cruise_Ship_Schedule/Cruise_Ship_Schedule/
« Last Edit: February 20, 2013, 10:32:54 PM by ChasB46 »

 

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