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The Clipper Pennant.

By Focus_Man
My first visit to the docks of 2013 found this ship which would not normally berth in Birkenherad, but owing to a lack of work it is here, as Birkenhead is cheaper than Liverpool.

Meeting a Polish crew member at the top of the companion way ladder, he spoke enough English to contact the captain who duly came to meet me and as he was a little bored, he gave me the grand tour. I learned a lot about "Roll-on-Roll-off" trailer ferries and even though I only took just a camera with me I managed a few half decent shots.

I did wish that I had my tripod and flash with me but owing to the steep access (see port side of ship) and not wishing to assume being allowed to come aboard, I went lightly loaded.

This then is a record of my visit and I thought you might like to share it whilst commenting on improvements etc allowing for my minimum of equipment.

Tags: Photo journalism General Transport Landscape and travel

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
7 Jan 2013 4:39PM
All good shots Frank. You were lucky to get onboard. I did uploaded mods of v1 and V2, 1 to bring back a little shy, and 2 a little brighter.

I especially liked V5, with the foot operated straight edge; and V6 for that magnificent engine, a particularly good shot.

I looked up the engine manufacturer, ans was surprised to learn they are Finnish, and provide power for 1/3 of all sea going ships; and they produse the most powerful medium speed engine in the world, as 2,880 HP per cylinder!

Their most powerful engine, a 14 cylinder model, produces 107, 370 HP. So you were in good company!



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JackAllTog Plus
9 5.0k 58 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 4:39PM
You have got to love the scale of these ships, lovely set of photos' - V1 and 4 are my favs.
Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
7 Jan 2013 5:38PM

Quote:All good shots Frank. You were lucky to get onboard. I did uploaded mods of v1 and V2, 1 to bring back a little shy, and 2 a little brighter.

As I served my apprenticeship as a Marine Engineer Officer, it is usually a good starting point for conversation once aboard. This is the second ship I have had the pleasure of being shown around by the skipper, after I gathered the guts to climb aboard to make the request. Both ships though were not working at the time so I guess that is why the skippers found the time to assist me. What is difficult is lugging gear round through the various corridors etc and as my back and legs are not up to scratch that makes it more difficult. But I would recommend anybody climbing aboard and requesting permission. Health & Safety abounds now as well so you need good ID and do have to sign in and out.

For a little while "I swayed the lantern" the skipper an the first mate on the bridge which is like a space age set-up compared with the Shell Tankers that I sailed in in the 1960s. All computers and GPS systems. The engine room was the same - computer read-outs everywhere. Tthe skipper said that was all well and good, but if a monitor ever broke down they could not replace it whilst at sea so it would be back to sextants for navigation and engine temperatures/pressures guessed etc. the monitors were fitted in not plugged in as are ours.

Sorry to ramble on but it was very interesting.
7 Jan 2013 6:29PM
One and four are my favourites. Great use of a lead in line for 1. I'd definitely convert both to mono though and boost the contrast. Did you give mono a try?
Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2013 8:57AM
Thanks for comments guys and Willie thanks again for the mod. I had difficulty with the sky as it was quite different at the start from when I left.

alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
8 Jan 2013 11:04PM
Love the lead in in both v1 and v5, and the rest of the images provide different perspectives that together comprise an interesting collection of photos from your visit.

In V4, I would have probably taken the picture at maximum zoom to exclude the background and better present the paintwork being done. A crop from this image might do the trick just the same at the cost of resolution of course. Such a crop would retain the leading lines caused by perspective and present the man in the lower left third. I think it works be a more effective composition like that.

Aside of my critique above, Well Done on the good work.
23 Jan 2013 12:46PM
All great shots Frank but I love v1 as it truly conveys the enormity of the ship.Smile
debu 8 India
1 Feb 2013 3:18PM
Lovely set of images.

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