E.J.Wilkins

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Two Queens and a little ferry


Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 leading her sister ship Queen Victoria down Southampton Water on their way to The Solent and beyond, on 22nd April 2008.

It was quite an occasion, advertised locally that this would be the last time the three Cunard Queens would be together in Southampton, so all available vantage points in Southampton, Hythe were packed full of people hoping to take a their sourveier pictures of the luxury ships.

We went to the end of - Calshot Spit - to see them pass, not realising how long it would take them to make the journey down the River Test/Southampton Water. This picture was taken at 19:32, quite late on a misty evening but the sun decided to peek from behind a cloud at this moment, hence the lovely glow.

The smaller vessel just behind and to the left of the Queen Victoria, is the Red Funnel Ferry that travels between Southampton and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. I think the little boat close to the QM2 is probably the Pilot boat, ready to take the local pilot off and back to port.

This picture is perhaps slightly over-processed, and the noise filtering may have been a bit much, but I wanted to make sure the Queen Victoria, which was probably about half a mile behind the Queen Mary 2 could be seen through the mist.

There'll be more pictures of these vessels for the rest of this week.
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Two Queens and a little ferry


Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 leading her sister ship Queen Victoria down Southampton Water on their way to The Solent and beyond, on 22nd April 2008.

It was quite an occasion, advertised locally that this would be the last time the three Cunard Queens would be together in Southampton, so all available vantage points in Southampton, Hythe were packed full of people hoping to take a their sourveier pictures of the luxury ships.

We went to the end of - Calshot Spit - to see them pass, not realising how long it would take them to make the journey down the River Test/Southampton Water. This picture was taken at 19:32, quite late on a misty evening but the sun decided to peek from behind a cloud at this moment, hence the lovely glow.

The smaller vessel just behind and to the left of the Queen Victoria, is the Red Funnel Ferry that travels between Southampton and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight. I think the little boat close to the QM2 is probably the Pilot boat, ready to take the local pilot off and back to port.

This picture is perhaps slightly over-processed, and the noise filtering may have been a bit much, but I wanted to make sure the Queen Victoria, which was probably about half a mile behind the Queen Mary 2 could be seen through the mist.

There'll be more pictures of these vessels for the rest of this week.
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comments (27)

Burst out laughing at the title, liking the capture and PP
EJWilkins: Good, I'd hoped somebody would find it amusing. wink
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2008, 02:49
I love the twin boat in the background.
EJWilkins: That was what made it such a special occasion, it's just a pity the weather wasn't kinder
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 28 Apr 2008, 03:33
wonderful composition
EJWilkins: Thank you smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 28 Apr 2008, 06:22
Great occasion and a great picture, love the way they are in the mist, it is all about the story AND the ships, thanks for sharing.
EJWilkins: I hope you don't get too bored with them before the end of the week wink
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 28 Apr 2008, 06:41
Ellie good composition,they are two great ships
EJWilkins: They are, and they're huge too!
Oh Wow Ellie. I spent many a happy childhood holiday down at Southampton Water when staying at my Granny's home. My Grandad worked as an engineer for Harland and Wolfe and often took me to special vantage points within the docks to see the Queens (the old Elizabeth and Mary) come into the Ocean Terminal. Memories I shall never forget.
This is great as well.
By the way Ellie ... good to see you back. richard
EJWilkins: Well, what a coincidence! I'll have to see if I can take some more "Southampton" pictures for you. smile
  • Sheila
  • S.E.Spain
  • 28 Apr 2008, 07:20
Lovely shot Ellie. As I see the picture, any over-processing doesn't show. Just looks good to me. By the way, welcome back, I have missed your lovely
EJWilkins: Thank you so much
  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 28 Apr 2008, 08:35
Processing doesn't show - the strong composition only makes you think of the subjects. (or are we the subjects?) ;o)
EJWilkins: I'm not a fan of processing, so whatever I do seems to be glaringly obvious. The light was awful, the mist didn't help either. The later pictures show how the conditions and light changed fairly rapidly. But hey, it's something I'm not likely to see again, so I made the most of it smile
Great shot Ellie. I love the atmosphere!
EJWilkins: Thank you Richard smile
  • Les Auld
  • Wet Southport
  • 28 Apr 2008, 10:12
Right place, right time, a historic Cunard moment well caught.
EJWilkins: Absolutely, and I made sure we were there to see it. smile
  • Tracy
  • Staffordshire
  • 28 Apr 2008, 11:22
Welcome back Ellie, this is a great shot and It looks like it was a grand occasion that you have captured very well.
A fab shot to celebrate your 400th. Congratulationssmile
EJWilkins: Ah, about the 400 - it probably isn't because I've added some pictures "at the beginning" but thank you so much for noticing. I honestly hadn't realised I'd got so far. smile
I think the processing helps this picture Ellie. It could just have been a record of the moment but now has a dreamy, almost nostalgic quality. I like it
EJWilkins: Actually, I think you're right. Of all those I took I think I like this one the best, with the lovely pink light and the QV appearing out of the mist - magic!
  • chad
  • in front of a computer
  • 28 Apr 2008, 13:59
Like ships that pass in the night, Eleanor
EJWilkins: ... it was nearly night too!
  • Martin
  • Houston
  • 28 Apr 2008, 14:46
I am always intrigued by how serene these big ships look. They probably still look as steady as a rock in rough weather.
EJWilkins: They were going very slowly, not much of a bow wave and you're right, they do look serene - good word smile
Nice picture Ellie and I don't think you have overprocessed.Brian.
EJWilkins: I'm so useless at processing that I think everybody will notice what I've done. I ought to have more courage I suppose
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 28 Apr 2008, 19:13
A very stiring sight. I'm looking forward to the rest.
EJWilkins: I hope you'll like them smile
Nice capture, great atmosphere...it seems this 400th picture! great! smile
EJWilkins: Sort of 400th wink There have been a few slotted in at the front of the blog, I'll have to make sure I don't delete or move them too soon, otherwise I'll have another 400th! Thanks for noticing, I hadn't.
  • pixelpixie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Apr 2008, 20:08
400! Can't believe it Ellie and a momentous shot to celebrate with. The mood and tone just wonderful. My brother-in-law used to captain one of the red funnel ferries but is retired now. He probably won't appreciate me telling you this but it was under his command that a red funnel ferry 'crashed' into its dock at Southampton a couple of years back.
EJWilkins: Err, don't believe the 400 Jose - I don't! It seems only a moment since I joined and was terrified to share my very first picture.
I can't imagine your b-in-law would be too thrilled, but yes, I remember the incident wink
There are a few more of these two ships this week, I hope I did them justice.
Nice picture Ellie: I would have liked to have been there too
EJWilkins: It was soooo worth it. There were people from London and from Wales there, all that way just to see these ships go by.
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 28 Apr 2008, 21:55
WOOOOWWWWHH; incredible.... que imagen más guapa, me gusta
EJWilkins: Oh, wow, thanks Xavi smile
  • Alan
  • 28 Apr 2008, 21:55
I had planned to go and see this myself from Crackmore Hard near Marchwood. I was too tired, though! I could plainly hear all the hooting as I'm only around a mile as the seagull flies from the Cruise Terminal in the Western Docks
EJWilkins: Hythe was apparently closed to traffic from about 15:00, and I have a feeling we got a better view than people in Southampton. I hadn't realised how close they'd come to the shore before turning at the end of the Spit.
D'you fancy a stroll round the Old Cemetery some time? I'd like to start collecting pictures of some of the more important memorials.
Ferry out of Cowes perhaps wink Could'nt see a thing from this side sadly...
EJWilkins: Ah, Cowes not Ryde - I'll correct it, thanks. We were lucky, Hythe was closed to traffic from about 15:00, we were about the last to get a proper parking space at Calshot, right next to the lifeboat slip. It was a better view than I'd expected, hope you like the next few pictures too.
  • VZ
  • United States
  • 28 Apr 2008, 22:58
You're back with a magnificent shot, dear. We missed you.
EJWilkins: You're a sweetie, thanks smile
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Apr 2008, 23:52
It's like waiting for a bus, nothing for hours then 3 arrive back to back, great ! Looking forward to your next post.

J
EJWilkins: It was worse than waiting for a bus - they sailed straight by!
  • mal
  • 29 Apr 2008, 00:25
congrats on the 400 El, fantastic photo to and very close to my heart.

The Scottish side of my family are deeply entrenched in the ship building industry for many generations, from fitter to designer and captain.

My Cousin Gordon Bauwens is also the official Cunard artist and has been commissioned to paint all Cunard ships

http://www.gbmarineart.com/

Top shot El, love this. mal
EJWilkins: Aww, thanks Mal.
My hubby and his family also have links with the sea - merchant fleet from stoker to Chief Engineer/Master, some sad tales from WW2. With PSNC, Royal Mail, Holder Bros and most recently Stena Offshore. All are 'ashore' now.

Wonderful paintings Mal, what a skill.
I can't imagine if any of my pics would be of any use, but he's welcome to use them.
  • mal
  • 29 Apr 2008, 00:32
P.S. I further commissioned Gordon to paint the cover for my fathers Autobiography/memoirs.

http://www.gbmarineart.com/images/comm/full/wm_bobsmartcover_72dpi.jpg

mal
EJWilkins: Oh my! Wow, what a painting. Tell me more about the book please smile
wow - great perspective!

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