What was it that upset all the birds?

Every evening as dusk falls, a huge number of seagulls descend onto the surface of the marina. They spend all night just a-sitting and a-floating.  As it is dusk and there are so many of them, I can only give you a flavour of what it looks like.



Yesterday evening, that calm scene gave way to the following:

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This shows a mad panic to get in the air and fly further down the marina. Why? Well, this is why!


HMC Vigilant was coming in just as the seagulls were settling!


M. V. Havengore arrives

A new arrival appeared at lunchtime today. Here she is sitting opposite the apartment. She is the M.V. Havengore and is best known for being the launch that carried Sir Winston Churchill on his last journey up the Thames.


She is normally berthed at St. Katherine’s Dock just by the Tower of London.

More information can be seen on Wikipedia and on her own web site

Someone came to collect

So, after all this while, a Freightliner Class 66 came to collect the sitting container.  Now, usually, it is an EWS 66 that brings  collects the sand from Griffin Wharf so a Freightliner loco is a bit of a change. Freightliner have the main contract for shipping containers into Felixstowe so this is my guess as to what has happened – the Freightliner loco has left a container train on the line and has come in to collect this “errant” wagon. Having coupled up the the main line side of the wagon, it pulled it out and connected it to its existing train. It would then continue its journey to London, as it is on the “UP” side of Ipswich station. (Up being British terminology for towards London). If it was going north, it would have put it on the other end of the loco so that it could go into Ipswich Station and then take the Peterborough line. Correct me if I have this wrong.


In the meantime, the crane situation at the barrier works seems to have changed. here is an up to date image:


Where do seagulls go in the high winds?

On the roof of the Anglo-Norden shed – that’s where!


Whilst outside on the balcony, I noticed something odd over on the railway track. This wagon has been there for a few days. I do wish that I had an inside line somewhere that would tell me why these things happen.

IMG_0068The wagon that the Cosco container is on is not the normal drop wagon that takes two containers, such as you see on the regular Felixtowe trains. It is  a single wagon. It seems that someone else has seen the same thing. I found this on Flickr:

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It’s been there longer that I thought, though as the post above is dated 28th November!

Pretty High Tide today

I just missed the best picture but this one shows you how high the tide was around 1pm today.


The shot I missed was a little before this when they had the protective gates shut as well on the tidal side of the lock.

Whilst preparing this, I looked out of the Hobby Room window and saw that we had an interesting arrival in the commercial dock. I had to enlarge this quite a bit but it turned out to be HMC Vigilant. Normally the Border Force cutters come in through the lock so there must be a reason for Vigilant staying out there but I don’t know what it may be.


Now here is an interesting thought about ship names. Have you ever wondered why US Navy ships are referred to in the following fashion – The U.S.S. Arizona – but this form of address is never used for British warships? That expression expands to “The United States Ship Arizona”. Let us take the example of HMS Daring, one of our latest Air Defence Destroyers? Now if we referred to The HMS Daring, how would that expand? Well, this would be “The Her Majesty’s Ship Daring”. Also, “The HMC Vigilant” would be “The Her Majesty’s Cutter Vigilant” – same problem. Now do you see why we don’t use “The” at the front as it is bad English. (Note to my friend Dan – tell Muriel this little tidbit!).