On Sunday 25th May 2014 and with a bank holiday weekend here in the UK we decided to do a round trip to Calais with P&O Ferries on the Spirit of Britain. As soon as we boarded we headed outside to watch our departure.
Due to the arrival of the reefer vessel ‘Elvira’ we departed via the Western entrance. Amazingly, especially when you take into account the number of times I have sailed from Dover, this is only the second time I have sailed out of the Western entrance. It certainly provided some different photographic opportunities.
It being a bank holiday weekend and the school holidays meant there was a lot of traffic on board and all the facilities onboard were very busy. We had decided to visit the Brasserie for breakfast but upon arrival we found out it was full. The staff were very apologetic and did advise that we could wait or they would call us when a table became available. Within 20 mins we were seated and were tucking into a very hearty breakfast. Many thanks to the staff in the Brasserie for accommodating us.
All too soon we were arriving in Calais and after a quick turn round we were on our way back to Dover. This time the traffic was lighter but there were still a healthy compliment of passengers onboard. This was the first trip to Calais since January and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, good weather, good company and nice food, what more do you need? Oh yes sorry I forgot retail therapy 🙂
I would just like to take this opportunity of thanking Captain Simon Moore, his officers and the crew of the Spirit of Britain for an enjoyable trip.
All the best
The Pride of Burgundy arriving from Calais……
….. as the DHB Doughty waits to depart Eastern for the inbound reefer vessel ‘Elvira’
The DHB Doughty heads out for her next customer as the Hapag Lloyd container vessel ‘Hong Kong Express’ heads down the channel bound for Southampton. The Dieppe Seaways is also seen inbound to the Port of Dover
The Pride of Burgundy comes astern for berth 8
The Pride of Burgundy approaching her berth
The Elvira enters the Eastern entrance for the Dover Cargo Terminal (DCT). The ‘BG Ireland’ is seen in the background heading down the channel from Rotterdam heading to Belfast
Dover Port Control with the ‘Dieppe Seaways‘ seen approaching the port
Elvira with the DHB Doughty
Elvira, DHB Doughty and the Dieppe Seaways
DHB Dauntless waiting for us to pass so she can assist the Elvira to her berth
A busy scene at the Eastern docks
Dieppe Seaways swinging for berth 3
Departing the Western entrance for Calais
The tugs get to work assisting the Elvira to the Dover Cargo Terminal
The Berlioz departs from Calais
The Spirit of Britain prepares for departure from Calais
The Nord Pas de Calais on her Sunday morning layover as the Van Ord operated water injection dredger ‘Jetsed’ works in the harbour
The Dieppe Seaways on her berth as the Pride of Burgundy arrives from Dover
All photographs were taken with a Canon EOS 550D.
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