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BOA 70: HMS Blyth departs London

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on May 13, 2013

In a small moment of madness I took a detour from my journey home to catch a shot of minehunter HMS Blyth (M111) rounding the Greenwich Peninsula, with the evocative backdrop of the Greenwich Power Station, Cutty Sark Tavern, Ballast Quay and the Observatory. The cruise ship MS Hamburg was not too far behind, assisted by a couple of Svitzer tugs. Thankfully, the rain held off just long enough for a decent attempt at a shot of HMS Blyth!

HMS Blyth makes her way round the Greenwich Peninsula

HMS Blyth makes her way round the Greenwich Peninsula

The one ship that hadn’t passed by this afternoon was HMS Illustrious, though by rights she should have been long gone by the time I reached the area. Strong crosswinds at the Thames Barrier had made it too marginal for her to attempt a passage and the scheduled mid-afternoon departure slot was abandoned.

HMS Illustrious now seems set to make her departure on the early morning high tide tomorrow, winds permitting. I might be sufficently mad to make a detour or two, but not yet mad enough to get up to watch a 4am departure!



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