Thames Ship Society

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             2019 Programme              (Updated 16th November 2018) 

The provisional programme of events for 2019 is shown below.

Saturday 26th January 2019 (12:00 to 17:00) - Winter Social at Dover

Once again we have decided to return to the Dover Marina Hotel located on the seafront at Dover for the Winter Social.

Please come along and meet old friends, or treat your partner, friends or family to an afternoon in the company of those with similar interests. On a clear day the hotel commands uninterrupted views of the main shipping channel across to the French coast, and nestling under the historic White Cliffs, the hotel fronts onto Dover's regal promenade. Why not make the social into a long weekend. Take a day trip to France, or visit some of the nearby historical sites and towns in Kent.

The afternoon's events will include time for a chat with old friends before a three course lunch in the Chartwell Suite, followed by coffee. Bar facilities are available at cost. An after dinner presentation of shipping interest will be given.

Date confirmed - bookings being taken.

Saturday 6th April 2019 - AGM in London

This year, in a break with tradition, the AGM will be held at the Wetherspoons Public House, Ledger Building, West India Quay, London.

More details will be made available in due course.

Saturday 27th April 2019 - South West Ship Show

We are considering taking a table at the South West Ship Show. The ship show will take place at the BAWA Social Club, 589 Southmead Road, BRISTOL BS34 7RG from 10:00 to 15:30.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2018 Solent Cruise.

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UASC's AL MURABBA inbound in Southampton water for the container terminal.

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH at Portsmouth.

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Cruise ship MARINA bound for Oslo.

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The AZURA was the last of four cruise ships to depart.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 8th June 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Sunday 16th June 2019 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise on Partyschip Diane.

The ‘Diane’ Rotterdam / Europoort / Maasvlakte cruise is always one of the highlights of the year for many people where it is possible to observe and photograph all types of ships in the Rotterdam, Europoort and Maasvlakte port complexes. This cruise will last for 10 hours (09:00 to 19:00). We will endeavour to cover as much of the Rotterdam and Europoort complexes as time permits. The intention is to sail as far upriver as the Waalhaven and downriver, covering Botlek Harbour, the Caland Canal, Europoort and Maasvlakte 2, however, the exact routing will be decided upon on the day by the Tour Leaders, in consultation with the vessel’s Captain, taking into consideration timings, tides, weather, etc.

Participants will be responsible for organizing their own travel to and from Vlaardingen in order to join the cruise. There are many ways of travelling to and from Rotterdam / Vlaardingen without incurring too much expense, as long as the travel is booked well in advance to take advantage of cheap(er) tickets. For example, participants could catch the overnight Harwich / Hook of Holland ferry, returning the following night. Another route is by Eurostar from London, or Ebbsfleet, to Brussels from where there is a regular train service to Rotterdam; or by flying to Rotterdam, or Schiphol (Amsterdam) from where there is a direct train to Rotterdam leaving about every 20 minutes.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2018 Diane Cruise.

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SEASPAN ZAMBEZI at Amazonehaven, Europoort.

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Heavy load carrier ZHEN HUA 24 with new cranes for Maasvlakte 2.

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GOLDEN ENDURER at the Grain Terminal on the Caland Canal.

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NISSOS SCHINOUSSA outbound in the Caland Canal.

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Russian pusher tug CONWENNA in the Lekhaven.

Photos by Ian Cochran.

Photos from our August 2018 Solent Cruise.

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BARZAN at the container terminal.

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Ro-ro ARROW in St Helen's Anchorage.

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The vehicle carrier THALATTA outward bound in Southampton Water.

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Fred Olsen's BRAEMAR departing for Eidfjord.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 13th July 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip will have something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. This trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board Solent and Wightline Cruises vessel Ali Cat. This will be our first time using this vessel which is faster than the Ocean Scene and will allow us to cover more areas in Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent. The trip will last for six hours.

Ali Cat has an open deck area as well as large enclosed saloon with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble, Portsmouth Harbour, St Helen's Anchorage and the Solent and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships and cruise ships in Southampton, a variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble, Naval vessels and ferries at Portsmouth and any vessels anchored in St. Helen's anchorage. The rotation will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

Saturday 27th July 2019 - Summer Social at Harwich

We are intending to arrange a Summer social event, at Harwich. This will give participants the opportunity to view shipping in Harwich and Felixstowe. We are also investigating whether it is possible to arrange a cruise / boat trip as part of the event.

Date to be confirmed.

Photos from our June 2018 Solent Cruise.

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CMA CGM LA TRAVIATA at the container terminal.

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First of the outbound ships from Southampton was the DAEDALUS LEADER.

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INDEPENDENCE OF THE SEAS was the first cruise ship to depart.

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EVER DELIGHT was the final departure leaving for Le Havre.

Photos by Chirs Brooks

Saturday 14th September 2019 (12:00 departure) - Solent Cruise

This trip has something for everyone with the prospect of seeing almost all types of ships ranging from the largest container vessels, down to tugs and coasters as well as warships. Bring your partner, even if they are not particularly interested in ships, as this is a very pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon. As with recent Solent cruises, this trip will depart from Town Quay in Southampton, on board our old favourite, the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The trip will last for six hours.

Ocean Scene has two open deck areas as well as large enclosed saloons with toilets, and is an excellent platform for photography. The bar will be open for the purchase of drinks and light refreshments at cost. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, which are served by some of the largest containerships afloat. Other regular visitors include cruise ships, bulk carriers, reefers, vehicle carriers and coasters. Fawley and Hamble should provide excellent opportunities to photograph all types of tankers. The furthest extent of our cruise, Portsmouth Harbour, will provide the opportunity to see Royal Navy warships and auxiliaries and possibly some ferries. The rotation will depend upon the tides on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed.

September 2019 - Provisional trip to the Netherlands

A trip to Ijmuiden, Rotterdam or Terneuzen is being considered. This will be dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and the impact this may have on foreign exchange rates and hence the overall cost of the trip.

More details will be made available in due course.

Saturday 5th October 2019 - North West Ship Show

We are considering taking a table at the North West Ship Show. The ship show will take place at Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo, LIVERPOOL, L22 1RE from 10:00 to 15:30.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

Date confirmed.

November 2019 - Southampton Ship Show

We are considering taking a table at the Ocean Liner Society's Southampton Ship Show. More details about the date and location of this show will be posted as soon as they are available.

Members of the committee will be present. Come along and say hello.

 

 

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