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Tied up

The grand old lady QE2 tied up in Zeebrugge

Among the many uses for the verb “tie up” I’m going with the nautical interpretation: to tie a boat to something with a rope, chain etc (synonym: moor). (Although I do keep thinking of the title of the 1989 Pedro Almodóvar film “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!” — but I have no photos for that!)

Lord Nelson’s mooring lines around a bollard, keeping the ship tied up in Galle, Sri Lanka

This is what happens when a number of ships have tied up together — and one wants to leave (us, in this case). (Galle, Sri Lanka)

Do you think this dockworker in Mauritius is pondering the accomplished way we tied up Lord Nelson?

Queen Mary 2, tied up in Sydney. This is the only cruise ship that ties up here ‘stern first’ so that its bow sticks out into the harbour.

Tenacious, tied up in Sydney (with the hideous “blot on the landscape” towers of Barangaroo behind)

Tenacious tied up in Fiji.

Voyager of the Seas, tied up in Sydney.

Posted for Becky’s SquareUp challenge. I’ve gone with “playing around with the word up”.

As always, a big thanks to Becky for organising all this square madness!


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Two uppers and a scupper

The upper mess on Tenacious is where the permanent crew and the ongoing watch eat. (The ‘lower mess’ is where everyone else eats.)

Time for some nautical ups!

Taken from the platform above the upper topsail on the mainmast of Tenacious, this photo is a view looking forward (and down!). The whiter sail at the top of the photo is the upper topsail on the foremast.

A scupper is an opening in a ship’s side that allows water to run off the deck. In a big sea, when a ship is rolling, it also allows water to run onto the deck!

Tenacious, Atlantic Ocean

Posted for Becky’s SquareUp challenge. I’ve gone with “playing around with the word up”.

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Pelicans and petrels

One wingtip drags in the water

I photographed these petrels in the Indian Ocean while sailing from South Africa to India on Lord Nelson in 2013. After leaving Durban, we swung south (way, way south) and east, giving a wide berth to Madagascar and any lurking pirates, before eventually heading northeast, back on track. The weather at 35deg South was not what we expected from the Indian Ocean — grey, chilly, spitting with rain. The bonus was the company of petrels and even albatrosses, following the ship. They never seemed to flap those long wings: a feather lifted here, a wing tilted there. Such effortless flyers. I watched them for hours (frankly, there was little else to do!).

Banking to turn

The pelicans were photographed in Cairns, not quite as exotic a destination as the southern Indian Ocean.

Birds with Long Wingspans is the Bird Weekly theme.

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Travel Memories 7: QE2

On deck, Zeebrugge.

I always wanted to do those two iconic modes of travel: Concorde, and QE2. Although I missed out on Concorde, I did manage a long weekend on Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2006, just two years before the liner was retired from Cunard service. A friend and I did the trip from Southampton to Zeebrugge and back (with optional excursion to Bruges), just for the experience. This photo, taken at Zeebrugge, always makes me smile: it’s just so typically British! There’s nothing but a working port to look at, it’s cold enough to need jackets and blankets, but these people were determined to get their deck chair time.

Travel Memories: a single photo from a trip — one that always makes me smile, or reflect, or want to go back.


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Me and my shadow

My shadow on the deck of Lord Nelson, 2013 (Indian Ocean)

This week’s Photo Challenge assignment is “focus on the shadow of your subject rather than the subject”. Here are two photos of my shadow back in my intrepid sailor days.

Shadows of me (at left) and other crew members on Tenacious, 2004 (leaving Jersey)

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Queenly perspectives

Queen Mary 2 seen from a ferry in Sydney. (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

The ‘queens’ in these perspective shots are the Cunard liners Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth. I’m going with the geometric definition of Perspective: the way that objects appear smaller when they are farther away and the way parallel lines appear to meet each other at a point in the distance.

Queen Mary 2 in much nicer weather than above! (Parallel lines seeming to meet.)

Below, not only do the farther deck chairs look smaller than those nearest the camera, but various parallel elements (the deck caulking at left; the top and bottom rails at right) appear meet each other at a point in the distance.

More amazing meeting parallel lines, this time in corridors.

July is Squares Month, and the theme is Perspective.

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The ‘top’ sails

Looking at the main mast on tall ship Tenacious

I’ve put top in quote marks in the title because, as you can see, these three sails that are set are not actually at the top of anything. However, they do have ‘top’ in their name!

There are five sails on Tenacious’s main mast. Starting from the, ahem, top of the mast, we have the royal (furled); the topgallant (t’gallant, or even t’gan’sl if you want to say “topgallant sail”); the upper topsail; the lower topsail; the course (furled).

Becky is back with her squares, and for April the theme is “top“.