Thames Ship Society

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             2020 Programme              (Updated 3rd February 2020) 

The provisional programme of events for 2020 is shown below.

Saturday 25th January 2020 (12:00 to 17:00) - Winter Social at Dover

Around 33 members met at the Dover Marina Hotel on the last Saturday of January this year for our regular Winter Social get together in rather dull misty weather.

There were plenty of ferry movements in and out of port, observed in the mist and some participants took the opportunity to walk along the new pedestrian pier next to the new multi-purpose general cargo berths, which were now operational but unfortunately, bereft of shipping.

The Port of Dover is now advertising the berths for project cargo, as well as for barley exports and reefer traffic, which has now switched from the Eastern Docks. So another incentive to return again in 2021.

The day took on its usual format of pre-lunch drinks, teas and/or coffees and a chat, before sitting down in the Chartwell Suite for lunch, which was up to its normal very high standard. It was good to see Norman Smith from France again who said it probably took him less time to get to Dover than some other members who came from different parts of the UK.

After lunch, the tables and chairs were re-arranged to enable a selection of slides kindly donated by Andre van Hee, depicting all sorts of ferries from the late 1950s onwards. This slide show was ably narrated by Chairman Stephen Marginson with the help of ‘technician’ Dave Smith.

The slides shown included the sleek fast Belgian RMT ferries of the 1950s, 60s and 70s and some of the earlier Harwich ferries from Sealink and Zeeland Shipping. There was even a few local Dutch ferries, including those serving North Holland and the Dutch islands, plus the old Tor Line and Olau Line ferries serving the UK, among others.

For those staying overnight, Sunday again dawned dull but slightly clearer. However, the main shipping channel was still obscured by the general murky weather and the forecast rain came during the afternoon.

Our thanks must go to Dave Smith and Stephen Marginson for organising the day and the slide show, Andre for donating the slides and to the staff of the Dover Marina Hotel who looked after us very well once again.

It is hoped to repeat the Winter Social on or around Saturday 23rd January, 2021. Members will be informed as soon as the details have been ironed out via a circular due to be issued later this year.

Photos from the 2020 Winter Social.

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Photos and report by Ian Cochran.

Saturday 18th April 2020 - AGM in Southampton

This year we will return to Southampton for the AGM on board the Blue Funnel vessel Ocean Scene. The day will start with a three course lunch. After lunch the AGM will take place which will give opportunities for members to ask questions to the committee.

Following the AGM, there will be a private cruise on the Ocean Scene. The cruise will cover Southampton Docks, Fawley and Hamble and will provide the opportunity to see all types of vessels from the largest container ships, vehicle carriers, cargo ships and cruise ships in Southampton and variety of tankers at Fawley and Hamble. The route of the cruise will depend upon the tides and weather on the day, the discretion of the Captain and Port Control instructions.

Date confirmed - Bookings currently being taken.

Saturday 9th May 2020 - South West Ship Show

The TSS will have a table at the South West Ship Show.

Owing to the success of the 2019 show, the 2020 show will be extended across two halls. It will be held at the same venue : BAWA Social Club, 589, Southmead Road, Filton, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG.

TSS Committee members will be on hand to answer questions, so come along and have a chat with us.

Date confirmed.

Photos from our June 2019 Solent Cruise.

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

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CHEM NEW ORLEANS arriving at Fawley with the tug APEX.

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CHRISTINE berthed in the River Itchen.

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SWAMI loading scrap at Princes Wharf.

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AZURA departing for Warnemunde.

Photos by Chris Brooks

Saturday 16th May 2020 (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 cruise will cover Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent, including St. Helen's Anchorage (weather and tides permitting). 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 - Bookings currently being taken.

Sunday 21st June 2020 (09:00 departure) - Rotterdam and Europoort Cruise.

The 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 9 hours (09:00 to 18:00). As our previous boat the Diane is no longer available, we have chartered the KRVE 71 which is faster and more manoeuvrable than the Diane hence the shorter time for the cruise. She has an open deck and enclosed saloon, which houses the bar, cloakroom and toilets. She has a capacity of about 85 persons. Included in the cost are two buffet style meals. 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 - Bookings currently being taken.

Photos from our June 2019 Cruise.

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MUNICH MAERSK departing from Maasvlakte 2.

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Bulker SOFIA in Botlek.

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MERCS JAFFNA moored in Waalhaven.

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Greek tug Christos XXII in Lekhaven.

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The new dredger VOX AMALIA in the shipyards at Wiltonhaven.

Photos by Roger Hammond.

Photos from our July 2019 Solent Cruise.

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THE WORLD anchored in the Solent off Cowes.

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HAMBURG BRIDGE in the Solent bound for Southampton.

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The ro-ro ARROW in St. Helens anchorage.

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HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH in Portsmouth.

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P&O's ARCADIA departing from Southampton.

Photos by Chris Brooks.

Saturday 18th July 2020 (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 cruise will cover Southampton, Portsmouth and the Solent, including St. Helen's Anchorage (weather and tides permitting). 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 5th September 2020 (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. Lunch will be provided and 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.

Photos from our September 2019 Solent Cruise.

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NYK WREN at the container terminal.

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JIF ARTEMIS off Lee on Solent.

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ETRETAT departing from Portsmouth.

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ISLAND FLYER departing from Southsea for Ryde.

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GARNET LEADER departing from Southampton.

Photos by Roger Hammond

3rd to 7th October 2020 - Gibraltar

The TSS is organising a trip to Gibraltar to view and photograph the considerable amount of shipping that uses Gibraltar for refuelling or anchoring awaiting orders etc. These include a wide range of tankers, container ships and bulk carriers. Gibraltar also has a busy cruise terminal a naval base and dry dock complex. In addition the busy Spanish port of Algeciras is on the opposite side of the bay which has a large container terminal, oil jetties and many ferries traversing the straits to Morocco and Ceuta.

Return flights will be by British Airways from Heathrow, directly to Gibraltar airport. Hotel accommodation will be four nights bed and breakfast in the Holiday Inn Express or similar type of hotel.

Two cruises of 3 to 4 hours duration will be organised on the Dolphin Adventurer boat to photograph shipping in and around the bay of Gibraltar.

Further details will be advised if there is sufficient support for the trip.

Dates confirmed - Bookings currently being taken.

Saturday 3rd October 2020 - North West Ship Show

The TSS will have a table at the North West Ship Show.

It will be held at the same venue : Old Christ Church, Waterloo Road, Waterloo, LIVERPOOL, L22 1RE, from 10:00 to 15:30.

TSS Committee members will be on hand to answer questions, so come along and have a chat with us.

Date confirmed.

Saturday 14th or 21st November 2020 - Ocean Liner Society Ship Show

The TSS will have a table at the Ocean Liner Society Ship Show.

It is anticipated that it will be held at the same venue : Southampton Masonic Hall at the City Centre location of Albion Place SO14 2DD.

TSS Committee members will be on hand to answer questions, so come along and have a chat with us.

Date to be confirmed.

 

 

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