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Foreword

Hello,

I apologise for the lack of personal updates but I am afraid time has not been in my favour of late, mainly due to work but also a change in my personal circumstances. There have been no actual posts from me since about February. Sometimes things happen and life events takeover from our hobbies and we have to refocus on what is important on a personal level.

As some of you may be aware in August last year I had the privilege of being the best man at the wedding of two great friends. In what was like a scene from a Hollywood movie not only did I drop the bride’s ring and watch it roll down the aisle in slow motion (along with all the guests ) but I also met someone rather special!

She is a lovely girl, originally from Northern Ireland who now resides in Kent….. Well that was just over 11 months ago and somehow we are still together and she hasn’t killed me yet, not that the thought hasn’t crossed her mind I am sure! 

I will admit that my involvement with the website has changed significantly in the past 12 months, I am now more of a website manager making sure the site is operational and updated from a technical standpoint rather than posting my own content. Have no fear I am not completely turning my back on maritime photography or the website as I still enjoy it and thanks to dragging the Mrs onto a ferry a month ago I think I may have converted her . Due to the amount of hard work put in by all on this site I would never wish for it to disappear as it has been a part of our lives for a long time, in the case of myself and Nigel it’s around 11 years, which is a scary thought! To that purpose the site will remain open!

Myself and Paul Cloke have recently returned from a brief trip to Normandy and Brittany with Brittany Ferries and some photographs from that trip will follow shortly. Unfortunately there will not be a ‘big’ trip this year due to financial constraints but I will be spending a week in Northern Ireland from the 10th October which I am really looking forward to.

Right having probably bored you all to death by now it just leaves me to thank Nigel Thornton and Paul Cloke for keeping the tires of the website and FB group turning. People may think of this as my site but it isn’t and it wouldn’t be where it is today without the tireless work of the team.

All the best

Ray Goodfellow


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As an early birthday celebration (thank you once again Mr Cloke) and in what has become pretty much a yearly event we boarded Brittany Ferries ‘Normandie‘ on Saturday 16th July for her 0815 sailing to Caen.  Upon arrival in Caen we headed for the Breton city of St Malo where we had a very enjoyable overnight stay in the old walled city. Once again we acquainted ourselves with the fantastic food and the great French hospitality for which this area is renowned for.

On Sunday 17th July we boarded the boarded Brittany Ferries ‘Bretagne‘ for her 1030 sailing to Portsmouth. The weather over the course of both days was absolutely fantastic and I think it is reflected in the photographs. The weather was certainly a lot better from when we were in the region just a few months earlier, that time we were greeted with rain, fog and gales!

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Following the tragic events in Nice the French Nation observed three days of mourning and all flags were flown at half mast

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The Commodore Clipper seen on her berth in Portsmouth

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The River class patrol vessel HMS Tyne (P281) seen alongside at HM Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth

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The Hunt class mine countermeasures vessel HMS Ledbury (M30) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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The former Invincible class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R06) is seen being decommissioned before she departs for scrapping

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The Type 23 Frigate HMS Richmond (F239) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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The River class patrol vessel HMS Severn (P282) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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Two Type 45 destroyers, the HMS Dragon (D35) and the HMS Diamond (D34) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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Beautifully sunny at sea on the Normandie with barely a cloud in the sky

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The Mont St Michel seen passing us mid channel heading for Portsmouth

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The bewitching hour, sunset as witnessed from the walls of the Intra Muros at St Malo

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The bewitching hour, sunset as witnessed from the walls of the Intra Muros at St Malo

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Sunday the 17th July was another glorious day, here the Intra Muros is seen from the focsle of the Bretagne

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The flag of Brittany, the Gwenn ha du also seen flying at half mast on the Bretagne

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The Corsaire de Dinard is pictured leaving St Malo for Dinard

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The Corsaire de Dinard is pictured leaving St Malo for Dinard

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The Intra Muros as seen from the focsle of the Bretagne

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The standard Bretagne bridge shot 

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The former Dover vessel SpeedOne (045) seen here as the Condor Rapide in her latest Condor Ferries livery at St Malo

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The former Dover vessel SpeedOne (045) seen here as the Condor Rapide in her latest Condor Ferries livery at St Malo

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Departure from St Malo

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The former Dover vessel SpeedOne (045) seen here as the Condor Rapide in her latest Condor Ferries livery at St Malo

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Departure from St Malo

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Departure from St Malo

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I have heard of the expression ‘as calm as a mill pond’ many times but have experienced it very rarely, somewhere off of the coast of Jersey and Guernsey we certainly experienced this, it was hard to work out where the sea ended and the sky started

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The B Gas Linda and the Pur-Navolok seen at the St Helens anchorage, off of the Isle of Wight

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The Wight Ryder II gets underway from Portsmouth heading for Ryde on the Isle of Wight

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The St Cecilia and the Wight Sun seen at Portsmouth Gunwharf

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The preserved vessel HMS Warrior

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The Gosport ferry Harbour Spirit seen crossing the entrance to Portsmouth harbour

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Two Type 45 destroyers, the HMS Dragon (D35) and the HMS Diamond (D34) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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A close up of the bow of the HMS Dragon (D35) showing her distinctive Dragon emblem

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I think I may have turned into a flag photographer during this journey 🙂

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The former Invincible class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (R06) is seen being decommissioned before she departs for scrapping

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The Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke (F234) seen alongside at HMNB Portsmouth

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The Commodore Goodwill seen alongside at Portsmouth in her new livery


All of the photographs featured in this article were taken with a Canon EOS 550D and a Sigma 18-300mm lens.

This article and all photographs featured are the copyright © of Ray Goodfellow (Dover Ferry Photos) 2016, All rights reserved. Images posted in this article may not be reproduced or shared without permission.


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