Part day visit today Southampton’s Sea Festival not a big turn out at opening time today so was able to see a number of fine old ships without too big a crowd. Good Value at £6 to get in and only a short walk from Mayflower Park with its cheap parking.
Testing my replacement camera (following the auto focus packing up on my digital Rioch camera in Scotland)
these taken with Fujifilm X-A1 (in comments I have now added links to the websites of these 3 historic ships well worth a look)
Built by Lobnitz & Co., of Renfrew, and launched in 1956 she operated for Glasgow Corportation to transport sewage sludge (treated) down the river Clyde for dumping at sea. She was withdrawn from service in 1985 because of rising fuel prices, at which point she was purchased by in 1988 by a Southampton City Museum Service initiative. She is now the largest working steam ship in Northern Europe.
built in 1931. The last steam tug on the Thames, she took part in Dunkirk, towed Maunsell forts and Mulberry Harbour parts, and was nearly sunk by a flying bomb. She was saved in 1993 and is now a member of the National Historic Fleet.
Tender built 1929 by Thornycroft, J I & Co Ltd, Woolston, Southampton. Tug and passanger tender for Red Funnel she could transport 566 passangers toand from vessels anchored outside the docks as well as ferrying troops to both Queens during D Day she served as a floating HQ off Juno beach.