Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Southampton Maritime Festival. Day 2

And so day 2 of the Maritime Festival at Southampton arrived. You can read about the first day on its relevant page. Scheduled for the day was another Lancaster flyover, as well as my cruise on Shieldhall. I also wanted to revisit some of the things from the previous day, especially the large second hand book stall. 
But firstly.... there were more strange old buses.This one instantly reminded me of the old Johannesburg bus service (when it still worked)

The day was a "bank holiday" and the weather was glorious, although I was still feeling somewhat chilly.

Once inside I was confronted by two rows of immaculate Rolls Royce cars. I have never seen so many of them in one place at a time. I would hate to know how much money was standing there just free to look at. I did try to photograph them all, but there were just too many. Maybe one day I will put up an album of them. 

I did find it interesting that the real oldies attracted the most attention, the vehicle below was so popular I was not able to get a photograph of it without people standing around it, but then it was beautiful. A true classic.

There were supposed to be diving displays in the now unused Trafalgar Dry Dock, but it only seemed to be used by these guys in the canoe, (and I have no idea what they were doing either), as well as some model yachts that were sailing around inbetween canoe exploits. Maybe I missed seeing the divers because they were under the water?

A few additional exhibits had turned up for this day, including this beautiful old Austin 10, which would have fitted comfortably inside most modern homes.

And this Willy's Jeep that seemed to be hiding a 50 Browning behind that cover. Those of us "in the know" were not fooled one bit!

And while this was going on the harbour continued all around us. The ferries ran as normal, ship loading happened, and sailings would go on just past us.

On the first day the only cruise ship sailing was Adventure of the Seas, and on this day Europa 2 was scheduled to sail at 18H00. Our own departure on board Shieldhall was scheduled for 16H00, and round about 14H00 we started hanging around her for embarkation and to await the Lancaster flypast. I was hoping for better pics this time around and did get a few.

If ever you want a crowds attention; tell them that there is a Lancaster flypast in a few minutes.

Then it was time to board the fine ship Shieldhall for our cruise. The ship wasn't too crowded, although many of the best spots were taken up by photographers, but we literally had a free run of the vessel, including the engine room. Our route took us past Town Quay, up towards Mayflower Terminal where we would turn around and retrace our wake right through till past Hythe pier and back again. There were not a lot of ships in the harbour though, but it did give one the opportunity to see parts of Southampton Western Docks from a different angle.

Southampton City Terminal

Container Berth
Town Quay area

Berth 38/39. Heading down Southampton Water towards the Solent
Southampton Ocean Terminal
And all too soon it was all over and we were coming alongside. There was no bow or stern thruster to help, just good seamanship.

As I walked back home most of the exhibits had been broken up already, and only the steam traction engines were rattling their way home too. It had been a great day, the highlight being that short trip on a real ship. It made me wish that I could attend next year too.

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