Saturday, 22 October 2011

Balmoral Cruise Ship and Syros Oil Tanker, Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

The Fred Olsen Cruise Lines passenger ship, MS Balmoral, berthed at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT1) on the Admiralty Pier of Dover Harbour:

MS Balmoral owned by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines. Callsign C6II4, IMO 8506294. Ex-Norwegian Crown, ex-Crown Odyssey. Syros Oil Products Tanker: Call Sign A8PW7, IMO 9371294, MMSI 636013850
(Click this MS Balmoral Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

In front of the Balmoral is the Liberian-flagged oil products carrier, Syros (details below); out of view to the left is the Celebrity Constellation (see below), a Millennium class cruise ship.

Photographed from the Prince of Wales Pier just after sunrise on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010.

A description of the Balmoral from the Fred Olsen Cruise Lines website (1):

Named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family, Balmoral has accommodation for about 1,300 passengers, through 710 cabins and suites. All the ship's public rooms have a Scottish theme: its principal restaurant, Ballindalloch, is named after a Speyside village and castle; while the ship's other two formal restaurants, Avon and Spey are named in honour of two of Scotland's loveliest salmon rivers.

Balmoral details:

Friday, 21 October 2011

The Victorian Fairbairn Crane of Esplanade Quay, Dover Marina, Kent, UK

The Victorian 1868-built Fairbairn "swan-neck" tubular crane located on Esplanade Quay (ex-Ordnance Quay) on the southern side of the non-tidal Wellington Dock of Dover Marina:

English Heritage Listed Building Text: Hand-driven crane by Fairburn Engineering. Actually Fairbairn Engineering Company of Manchester. Built 1868. Fairbairn tubular crane in 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition, London.
(Click this Fairbairn Crane text link to see the largest size)

The photo was taken at 7.05 am on March 22nd, 2011, from Marine Parade close to Harbour House of Waterloo Crescent.

The following extracts are copyright of the crown and are produced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:



LBS Number: 507159 Grade: II
Date Listed: 16/12/2009
Date Delisted:
NGR: TR3184940985

Listing Text:


685/0/10036 Wellington Dock and associated structures, including crane situated on Esplanade Quay 16-DEC-09


Dock. Part of the eastern side was constructed in 1832, part of the western side in 1833-4 and the remainder by 1844 by James Walker. The C20 (C20 means 20th Century) swing bridge, C20 concrete extension to Ballast Quay and De Bradelei warehouses are not of special interest.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Panorama of the White Cliffs of Dover in Sunlight and Shadow, Kent, UK

The iconic White Cliffs of Dover viewed from the the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier:

Chalk (calcium carbonate) and flint. Eastern Arm pier, South Foreland lighthouse. National Trust nature reserve, Langdon Cliffs. Julius Caesar, Romans in 55 BC. Vera Lynn's Bluebirds, World War II. North Downs grassland.
(Click this White Cliffs of Dover text link to see the largest size)

The strange-looking object on top of the cliffs just right of centre is the South Foreland lighthouse. The top of the darker Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can be seen near the right-hand edge of the cliffs. Both lighthouses are over 5000 yards distant.

At the bottom of the cliffs is the Eastern Arm pier which runs out from the ferry terminal in the Eastern Docks (out-of-shot to the left) to the Eastern Entrance (bounded by the Southern Breakwater, out-of-shot to the right).

Dover Castle (also out-of-shot to the left) is located above East Cliff.

The photo was taken on Monday, May 10th, 2010 (the day the MV Princess Daphne cruise ship arrived in port).

The White Cliffs of Dover (1)


The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs which form part of the British coastline facing the Strait of Dover and France. The cliffs are part of the North Downs formation. The cliff face, which reaches up to 107 metres (351 ft), owes its striking fa├žade to its composition of chalk (pure white calcium carbonate) accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover in the county of Kent, an ancient and still important English port.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Oliver Cromwell 70013 Steam Locomotive, Dover Priory Rail Station, Kent, UK

The BR Class 7MT 4-6-2 no 70013 Oliver Cromwell Steam Locomotive venting steam on arrival at Platform 1 of the Victorian Dover Priory Railway Station, England:

BR Class 7MT 4-6-2 at Dover Priory Railway Station on The Spitfire and The Hop Picker tour (Shepherd & Neame). Britannia Class 1951-1968, restored 2008. Last Officially Repaired Steam Locomotive from Crewe Works.
(Click this Oliver Cromwell Steam Locomotive text link to see the largest size)

The photo was taken from the Folkestone Road road-bridge at 6.16 pm on Sunday, September the 3rd, 2011, after making a small detour from a cycle ride around town (1).

The 70013 Oliver Cromwell is a British Railways standard class 7 (also known as the Britannia class) preserved steam locomotive. The locomotive is notable as one of the four steam locomotives which worked the last steam railtour on British Railways (BR) in 1968 before the introduction of a steam ban (2).

Earlier this year:

The BR Britannia Class 7MT 4-6-2 no 70000 Britannia Steam Locomotive (3) and the 12-coach "Cathedrals Express" passed through Dover Priory Train Station at 5.47 pm on Thursday 7 April 2011.

The LNER A1 Class 4-6-2 no 60163 Tornado Steam Locomotive called at at 5.47 pm on Saturday, June the 18th, 2011.

The Spitfire and The Hop Picker tour (Shepherd & Neame) (4)

After a pre-event transfer from Southall WCRC (West Coast Railway Company) to Kensington Olympia with headcode 5Z81, the scheduled itinerary for the Oliver Cromwell was as follows:

MV Princess Daphne Cruise Ship before the White Cliffs of Dover, Kent, UK

On the 10th of May, 2010, the Princess Daphne cruise ship entered Dover Harbour via the Eastern Entrance and is shown making its way across the Outer Harbour towards the Admiralty Pier of the Western Docks to berth at CT1 (Cruise Terminal 1):

Ex-Port Sydney. Owned by Classic International Cruises: IMO 5282627, Callsign CQSD, MMSI 255718000. From Cadiz, Spain, going to Kiel, Germany. White Cliffs of Dover and Eastern Arm behind ship. View: Prince of Wales Pier.
(Click this Princess Daphne Cruise Ship text link to see the largest size)

The Eastern Arm pier, running the full length of the photo behind the ship, juts out from the out-of-shot Eastern Docks (the cross-channel ferry terminal) located below the White Cliffs of Dover. The top of the Old South Foreland lighthouse, built in 1793, can be seen near the cliff edge on the right-hand side of the photo.

The tugs DHB Dauntless (bow) and DHB Doughty (stern) belong to Dover Harbour Board of Harbour House.

The photo was taken just after midday from near the lighthouse end of the Prince of Wales Pier (eastern side).

The MS Princess Daphne arrived from Cadiz, Spain (5th May), and had previously called at: Barcelona, Spain (2nd May); Marseile/Marseilles, France (1st May); Nice, France (1st May - a day-trip); Marseile/Marseilles, France (1st May); Catania, Sicily (29th April); Beirut, Lebanon (22nd April).

Later in the day, the Princess Daphne left Dover and arrived at Kiel, Germany, at 7.16 am on the 12th of May.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Night Panorama of the Ferry Port and Eastern Docks of Dover Harbour, Kent, UK

This night-time and panoramic view of Space City in Dover Harbour was taken on Wednesday, 19th of January, 2011, from the cliff-edge south of Dover Coastguard Station overlooking the Straits of Dover and English Channel beyond:

The cross-channel ferry terminal seen from the Coastguard Station on the White Cliffs of Dover. The booking hall and multi-storey carpark are in front of the Jubilee Way flyover at Broadlees Bottom
(Click this Dover Ferry Port and Eastern Docks text link to see the largest size)

The Eastern Docks and Ferry Port (1) occupy the bottom two-thirds of the photo with the actual cross-channel car and freight terminals out-of-shot to the left (as is the Eastern Arm pier that once bounded the Camber).

Various roads, some with light trails, surround the darkened square office block just below the centre of the photo: The Fan, North Exit Road, North Return Road, Dock Exit Road (etc.)

Above and to the right of the office block is the multi-storey car park atop the Booking Hall (Arrivals Hall, Reception Hall).

Official websites of companies operating cross-channel ferries are at P&O Ferries, Seafrance (under administration as of November 16th, 2011), and DFDS Seaways (Norfolk Line, Norfolkline). Photos of their ships appear, or will appear, under the P&O Ferries, Seafrance, and DFDS Seaways category labels (see all ferry images).

Above the Booking Hall, the Jubilee Way A2 Bypass sweeps down from a low-point in the White Cliffs of Dover (dimly visible down the right-hand edge) called Broadlees Bottom and turns back on itself over the Ferry Port before 'touching down' at a roundabout near the docks entrance where it is joined by the A20 dual-carraigeway.

The A20 runs parallel to the seafront after entering the town from behind Shakespeare Cliff and meets the roundabout below Athol Terrace after passing the houses of East Cliff (Marine Parade).

Charles Lightoller lived at 8 East Cliff after joining the Royal Navy's Dover Patrol (2) in 1916. He was the second mate and senior surviving officer of the 1912 RMS Titanic iceberg disaster.

In Lightoller's time during World War I, the Eastern Docks was "H.M. Dockyard, East Cliff" (3) and used for the dismantling of ships. In 1920 the Stanlee Shipbreaking & Salvage Co. Ltd. took over as commercial ship breakers and the following year they broke-up the battleship, HMS St Vincent, a veteran of the Battle of Jutland: