Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Pilot Boat

Liverpool Pilot Boat
One of Liverpool's Pilot Boats zooming past the waterfront and a ROV Support ship, the Fugo Saltire.  The pilot service celebrated its 250th anniversary of guiding ships into port last year. 

The Liverpool Maritime Museum has an exhibition on at the moment called 'In Safe Hands' which charts the service from those days of sail to today's high speed launches.

All the pilot boats are named after seabirds

and this is the Turnstone.  What a pity I don't have a picture of an actual turnstone but here are some beach pebbles
and the turnstones might be around somewhere busy tuning stones to find something tasty underneath.
The preening juvenile herring gull has other things on its mind.

An entry to ABC Wednesday, a journey through the alphabet, this week sojourning at P here



Leslie: said...

I recognize that harbour view that I admired when departing for the Isle of Man in 2012. Also, I stayed at the Holiday Inn right down from there in both 2012 and 2016. Love Liverpool and not just because my grandfather was born there. Such an exciting city full of history.

abcw team

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photo of that fantastic pilot boat ~ lovely shells ~ Great post for P ~

Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

Anonymous said...

i like how the still life was arranged

Hildred said...

Imagine the changes over a period of 250 years!

Indrani said...

That is a good variety of pictures for P :)
Happy ABCW!

Melody Steenkamp said...

nice choice.... living in the country, far away from water, I rarely see boats like these

Trubes said...

One of my favourite views of my beloved hometown Joy,
so there's no guessing that I would love this piece.
I worked with a girl in Lloyds Bank Liverpool who married
a river pilot, he could tell some amazing tales about his
job.Once he would contact her via his office in Liverpool
to say that he was aboard a ship in the middle of the
Atlantic Ocean, first stop America.
It seemed, that after he had safely
piloted the ship out of The Mersey, a terrific storm blew up and it was
too dangerous to climb back down to the pilot boat.
The storm raged all around the British Isles right into the Atlantic so onward to the States they went.
He was flown home several days later!
Best regards,
ABCW team.

Ann said...

I really think it's neat they are all named after birds.We live inland so I don't see river boats only lakes with speedboats.

Roger Owen Green said...

a bit of Liverpool! love it