Month: May 2013
The high alter end is still intact with its beautiful Gothic style window, however the one transept is missing. Two pillars would have supported the roof, and on the base of one an inscription is still legible “H. DI. GRA REX ANGL.” (Henry, by the grace of God, King of the English)
The Abbots Lodging was very interesting because much of the ground floor roof is intact. In all probability the floor above may have a lot of intact features too, but that floor is not accessible
Sadly though, graffiti exisits on some of the stonework, and I am sure that somewhere in these ruins there may be the local monastic equivalent of “Kilroy was here” scratched in Latin.
I was not able to photograph her sailing either, as I was out gallivanting. She is scheduled here again on the 25th, so hopefully I will be able to get more images then. The Opera is one of the Lyrica class ships, and as far as I recall they were loosely based on the Grand Mistral that was in Southampton this past week. Until I can get better images though this is all I can say about Opera.
And, as promised MSC Opera arrived just before 07H30 on 25 May. The last of 5 ships scheduled for the day. She also arrived as the weather turned, so the one set of pics are in cloud, the other in partial sunlight.
The major difference that gives her a bit of an edge is that she has been built up above the bridge and around the stern, and has a not too awful funnel. She is not quite as square as I expected.
And then the sun made a token appearance. brightening up the stern view of the ship as she headed towards Berth 106.
Although when it comes to slab sided sterns I think Crown Princess will win hands down.
And with her alongside it completed the lineup of ships for the day. In the Western Docks we have Crown Princess, MSC Opera and Celebrity Eclipse.
And at QEII we have Queen Mary 2, with Ventura up at the Ocean Terminal. Now if only the weather would clear up.
Early Arrival 24/09/2014
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These twin engined turbo props seem to use Southampton as a base as they are forever hauling their rear ends over the harbour. I hadn’t seen too many business jets here though, so this was a first for me
Chinook jackpot time arrived when we were near Salisbury and I heard that familiar egg beater on steroids sound….
However, everything really was overshadowed by the best flypass of all. On 5 and 6 May Southampton held a Maritime Festival, and we had a visitor on both days.
Or photobombing an arriving cruiseship, or just flying overhead.
And at Rand Airport I grabbed this Cessna:
And while grave hunting up at Kromvlei I was fortunate enough to catch a Tiger Moth in flight, as well as a yellow thing.
And finally, the first time I saw one of those new fangled airbus A380’s was back in South Africa; flying over Boksburg. I have since flown in one and frankly they are still like sardine cans, but with more sardines.
In late August I was in South Stoneham Cemetery, which is where RJ Mitchell is buried, and it is on the flight path of Southampton Airport. I was photographing his grave when an aircraft took off. Unfortunately it was hidden by the trees, and I only spotted it when it was quite far away; it was the first time I have ever seen a stringbag! These dated biplanes were involved in so many battles and the records of bravery amongst their crew is outstanding, and it is a testament to the aircraft and their design that they outlived their replacement.
and I managed to get another shot of the Trislander
and I have no idea what this is.
I guess the point I am trying to make is that the skies are rarely empty, there are always aircraft around us, it just happens that now and then we must cross paths.
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Another interesting vessel that may have had an influence on at least some of the ships afloat today. Grand Mistral was scheduled to arrive at 07H45, the last of the four ships that were due on the 15th of May 2013. I will make one comment, and that she is the squarest cruise ship I have ever seen. But enough of that.
Originally built for the now bankrupt Festival Cruises in the late 90’s she did not impress even back then. This ship does not have a lot of curves, except possibly on the artwork on her hull. She is operated by Ibero Cruceros, and can carry 1700 passengers. I believe she was heading to Amsterdam from Southampton.
I have to admit I was really curious about her stern, would they have cut it of abruptly? were there any curves? and what about balconies??
The weather when I took the pic below was much nicer than when the ship finally sailed so please excuse the very un-Caribbean like weather in the sailing images.
It was a textbook sailing, very similar to a number I had witnessed recently, and all I really wanted to see was what she looked like once she started to swing and presented her rear end to me. With visibility being very low and a slight drizzle coming and going I did not want to spend too much time at Town Quay.
I think that when they were considering the phrase “has a stern face” they may have been referring to this pair of sterns. Overall though I was not impressed by this ship, or any of her sisters for that matter. But that is a personal opinion and I cannot say what they are like on the inside. However, they are impressive to see, especially from close by.
And then it was time to go home as the ship started to move out of view behind one of the car carriers, I couldn’t help think that they could have been distant cousins too.
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