© Ray GoodfellowRed Sky in the Morning……….

Introduction

On Sunday (26/01/14) we undertook our first crossing of the year, the first of many no doubt. Travelling with P&O Ferries we headed out on the Spirit of France before returning later on in the day on the Pride of Burgundy. The main aim of the trip was to get some new photographs and spend a few hours on Calais pier. This is infact the first time I have touched a camera since October 2013.

The weather was surprisingly nice when we arrived at the Eastern Docks just before 7am and we were treated to a beautiful sunrise over the Dover Straits. As they say “Red sky at morning, sailors take warning” and this was quiet apt as by the time we returned 5 hours later it was driving rain and blowing a force 9 gale!

After a pleasant breakfast in the Brasserie on the Spirit of France we were soon arriving in Calais and heading for the seafront. As we headed out onto Calais pier the weather was already started to turn with overcast skies and a freshening wind. After a while it got to the stage of thinking why the hell didn’t I bring a pair of gloves!

After capturing a few of the port movements it was time to head back to the ferry terminal for the journey home. By the time we had reached check in the heavens had opened and the rain set in for the rest of the afternoon.

All in all it was a good trip and was really nice to just get out and do some photography once more. Sometimes in life you forget how good it is to just switch off and relax doing something you actually enjoy and I certainly have learnt that I do need to take a break from the riggers of life occasionally so expect a few more photographs in the next month or so.

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“Red sky at morning, sailors take warning”

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Delft Seaways bathed in morning light loads for Dunkerque

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Pride of Canterbury arriving in Dover

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Pride of Canterbury arriving in Dover

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Pride of Canterbury arriving in Dover

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Delft Seaways

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Dover Port Control

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Pride of Burgundy

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Pride of Burgundy

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Pride of Burgundy

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Berlioz

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The Berlioz departing Calais

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The Berlioz departing Calais

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The Rodin arrives in Calais

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The Rodin arrives in Calais

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The Rodin arrives in Calais

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A weather worn Pride of Canterbury arrives in Calais

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A weather worn Pride of Canterbury arrives in Calais

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The Spirit of France departs Calais with the Calais Seaways laid up astern

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The Spirit of France departs Calais

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 The Dunkerque Pilot vessel `P XVI’ arriving in Calais

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The Rodin departing Calais

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A closeup of the bow of the Rodin as she picks up speed departing Calais

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 The Rodin departing Calais

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Pride of Canterbury departing Calais

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Spirit of Britain and rather a lot of gulls!

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Spirit of Britain and rather a lot of gulls!

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Spirit of Britain

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 Feeding time for the gulls

All photographs were taken with a Canon EOS 550D.

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4 Comments

  1. Hello, what a rust on those ships, seawater doesn’t good to a ship well perhaps after the winter the could clean it up, ha ha

    1. Hi Henk,

      The clean up is already underway as the ships receive there yearly overhauls (refits). The Canterbury, Burgundy, Berlioz and Rodin will receive there yearly maintenance very soon. This Autumn and Winter have certainly given all the ships a battering.

      Best Wishes
      Ray

  2. Brilliant photos as ever! Spirit of Britain, Spirit of France and Delft Seaways certainly look like they’ve had their winter refits – all look brand new!

    1. Hi Jon,

      Thanks once again for your kind comments, I really do appreciate them.

      They certainly do look a lot better with a fresh coat of paint. I am not sure they will stay looking like that for long though with this prevailing bad weather.

      All the best
      Ray

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