Regular callers in Southampton are ships of the Point Class Sealift Vessels, which are available for use as naval auxiliaries to the British Armed Forces. There are six of them in total, four of which were built in Germany, the balance at Harland and Wolff. There is usually one of two of them berthed up at Marchwood Piers, and this past week I watched Eddystone sail from Southampton en route to the Falklands. Of the six in service I have seen four (Anvil Point, Eddystone, Hurst Point, Hartland Point), and they are not unattractive ships at all.
Its usually nice to see a pair of them in together because of the symmetry that they present when viewed from some angles.
They are also capable of coming alongside without using a tug, and watching Eddystone unberth herself was a really short exercise because she was out of there like a shot inspite of the wind that was creating havoc.
I was finally able to see Hartland Point sailing, and I have really enjoyed seeing these sisters come and go. They are almost fixtures and Southampton seems empty without at least one of them. The other two ships (Longstone and Beachy Head) have not been in Southampton during my time here, but I believe they are on a long term charter in the Baltic Sea.
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