Ships and shipping, page 7
Eastham and the
Manchester Ship Canal, part 2
not so little at Eastham.
Rasa - a heavy lift ship.
Swanland. At the time
this vessel was being used to transort road salt from
Seaforth to Ellesmere Port during a particularly cold
spell. Swanland later sank in a gale force 8 storm in the
Irish Sea 10 miles off the Lleyn
Peninsula, on Sunday 27 November 2011. Six
crew members were lost in the incident.
An old style coaster, Sea
Hawk was built in 1989 but looks a lot older. She is
still active (Dec 2017) under the name of Christa.
After assisting a tanker to
Eastham, Svitzer Bidston returns to her base down river.
Bitflower is seen
maneouvering in the Queen Elizabeth II oil dock at
Eastham. This dock is accessed by a different lock
at Eastham from the canal.
The four tugs used on the
canal: Viceroy, Victory, Viking and Volant,
are seen together at Eastham. They are captive to the
ship canal, likewise Mersey tugs do not enter it. They
are operated by Carmet Tugs.
A busy spell at
Ellesmere Port. The hill in the background is Mount
Manisty. This is formed entirely by soil excavated
during the building of the canal.
Ellesmere Port docks with
several ships being worked on.