Category Archives: ships

Port Carlisle: canals and ships and trains

When the tide is out, Port Carlisle’s former life is laid bare in stark, dark shapes. A line of rotten wooden stumps, marching out across the mud, scarcely hints that here was once the steamer pier. Out beyond the whale-back … Continue reading

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Piloting a ship up the Firth to Silloth

You have probably never thought what  it would be like to pilot a ship: to be in charge of, say, a cargo vessel with a hold-full of sticky molasses, that is about to enter the narrow dock gates of a … Continue reading

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What’s been happening at Robin Rigg? An update

Live shipping maps – watching vessels move around the seaways in real-time – can become addictive. I can easily be distracted by Danny Ferris’s Solway Shipping website with its live coverage, photos and notices of the ships that are due … Continue reading

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Snippets 2: A chance encounter, as lifeboat ’47-024′ leaves the sea

The man with the camera seemed to know a bit about lifeboats. We were standing on the dock at Whitehaven harbour, watching as a lifeboat was hoisted out of the water. I hadn’t known that was due to happen: I’d … Continue reading

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